Katie Couric calls Sarah Palin 'fascinating,' says Donald Trump acted like 'a jackass'

What has Katie Couric been up to since her stint on the CBS Evening News came to an end last month? Well, as the TV vet told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Monday, she’s been helping her daughter study for her final exams, discovering the wonders of tequila and karaoke, and getting ready for her next project: an Oprah-esque daytime talk show for ABC. But because anyone interviewing Couric is legally obligated to bring up Sarah Palin, Leno also took a few moments to ask the former anchor whether she thinks Palin’s going to actually run for president in 2012.

“You know, I think that’s anyone’s guess,” Couric answered. “Sometimes, she’ll retreat for awhile and then she’ll pop back up. I think she’s really fascinating. She’s really polarizing — I think even people who don’t like her are fascinated by her. They’re almost motivated by their dislike of her.”

Fair enough! But what does Couric think of Donald “I Will Not Seek The Presidency” Trump, who recently said that he might actually run for president after all? (Sigh.) “Because I live in New York, and I’ve seen Donald at various events, you know, he actually can be a very, very nice person with a good heart,” said Couric. “But I think he was just acting like a jackass for awhile, don’t you?”

And suddenly, we’re a lot more excited about Couric’s new show. Is it 2012 yet? Watch a clip of her Tonight Show interview yourself below.

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Comments (22 total) Add your comment
  • Jim

    Whoops. Check your headline there EW: “Katie Couric calls Sarah Palin is ‘fascinating” … huh?

    • RyRyNYC

      It’s so annoying that they rush to publish things soooOOOO fast. Editors? – where are all the editors?

  • Chet

    I is agree her with

    • ktcarleton

      You is sure?

      • ktcarleton

        I feel kinda mean now.

  • Me

    Couric is only saying that about Palin becasue Palin has a huge following and COuric does not

    • commentor

      a huge following of idiots.

    • Ana

      One can find Palin fascinating and still see her as a world class idiot. She is not trying to curry favor from the Palin-fanatics, after all they’ll never forgive her for ambushing Palin with questions such as “What papers do you read?”.

    • Joseph

      And they’re all just as stupid as she is. Is we learning yet?

  • Leithen

    Your lack of editing is sad, EW.com. Then again, you’re less of a news site these days than you are a message board.

    In other news, people are still watching Leno?

  • mike

    you’re forgetting this are isn’t a real newspaper.. its “entertainment weakly”!

  • nick

    ew.com has to be one of the most sloppy publication websites out there. And yet for some reason I can’t look away.

  • Ana170

    Why is everyone expecting editors to look over every blog posting on this site before it goes up? That sort of defeats the purpose of a blog. Even AP and Reuters have to post constant corrections.

    • Leithen

      Professional writers should have standards, that’s why. They are being paid, after all.

  • Clete

    I have an uncle who also considers Sarah Palin “fascinating”. Of course he also talks to plants and stares at his navel two hours a day.

  • Leroy

    Trump is soooo gonna come out swinging after he reads her comments!

    • Jenn

      “Katie Couric is a fat losah! I, howevah am classy!” (I swear, Trump has completely ruined the word “classy” for me!)

    • Joseph

      And I can’t wait for the media to start digging into Donald Trump’s past affairs.

  • Ganga Din

    Katie Couric failed miserably as a news anchor. One would think that she would read newspapers.

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