The Shmooze

Katie Couric Is Engaged

By Reuters/Anne Cohen

Getty Images
Katie Couric

‘Tis the season for wedding bells…

U.S. television talk show host Katie Couric, whose first husband died of cancer in 1998, is engaged to Chicago banker John Molner, her spokesman said on Tuesday.

Couric, 56, accepted after Molner, 50, proposed during the weekend. They have been dating for about two years.

“I can confirm that she is engaged,” Couric’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in an email.

Couric has two daughters with Jay Monahan, who died from colon cancer.

She launched her daytime TV talk show “Katie” in 2012, more than a year after the end of a stint as the first woman solo anchor of a U.S. nightly network news show, “CBS Evening News.” She was also a co-host of NBC’s early morning “Today” news show for 15 years.

Though Couric was raised Presbyterian, her mother was Jewish and her maternal great-grandparents emigrated from Germany.

Molner is head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman, a private investment bank in Chicago.

Mazel Tov!

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: nbc, katie couric, john molner, jewish, germany, cbs

When Larry King And Katie Couric Dated

By Anne Cohen

Getty Images
Larry King

Back in February, Katie Couric went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and told the world about the time her leather skirt inspired Larry King to ask her out in the 1980s.

It turned out to be a doozy of a date.

“We’re driving home and I see we’re going over Memorial Bridge and that’s not the way back to my apartment,” she told Kimmel. “So I said, ‘Larry, where are we going?’ He goes, ‘My place.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, mother of God. Oh God.’”

“He lunged!” Couric added, describing King’s attempt to kiss her.

Not one to take things lying down, the 79-year-old newsman surprised Couric on her hit talk-show, “Katie,” to tell his side of the story.

“I had no idea Larry was here!” Couric said, seeing King. “Hi Larry, are you mad at me?”

“Nice to hold you again,” King replied, grinning.

The surprise interview was organized by “Katie” guest Wendy Walker, a former “Larry King Live” producer, the New York Daily News reported.

Check it out the full video here:

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: date, Larry King, Katie Couric, Jewish

Ed Koch's Spot on 'Sex and the City'

By Renee Ghert-Zand

The late ex-New York mayor Ed Koch loved the limelight. Entertainment Weekly recalled a number of hizzoner’s forays into pop culture, including acting in a cameo role in “The First Wives Club,” hosting “Saturday Night Live,” presiding as a judge on “The People’s Court,” and strutting the fashion runway on “Sex and the City.”

David Arquette looked like he was enjoying the Playboy Super Bowl party down in NOLA this past weekend.

Amanda Bynes is reportedly now laying her weary head to rest at a Manhattan hotel after leaving her apartment when the non-smoking building’s management threatened to evict her for incessant pot and cigarette smoking.

Lena Dunham has a fan in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of all people. He wrote in HuffPo, “Girls wants to tell us something important about twentysomething females of the 21st Century. And, as the elders of our society, we should always be listening to those new voices crying out.” And speaking of “Girls,” Lena Dunham promises that we will continue to see a lot of her naked body on the show. And in keeping with the theme, her co-star Zosia Mamet didn’t quite show up nude on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” but her red dress with a big cut out section in the front left little to the imagination. Attention single ladies! “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor has split up with his girlfriend of one year, “Twilight” actress Julia Jones. In news that we really wish we didn’t know, Katie Couric went out on a date with Larry King. It was a very long time ago, when Couric was 30 and open to going out on dates with anyone just for the experience. “The whole situation was out of a bad Lifetime movie,” Couric recalled of the evening with the much older talk show host.

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: lena dunham, katie couric, ed koch

Video: Spinning Class With Max Greenfield

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Getty Images

Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt on “The New Girl,” has shown that you can turn some kibitzing into some tzedakah.

A few weeks ago Vulture made up a mock cover for a workout video that it imagined Greenfield’s “lovably preening” Schmidt character might have made. It was all just a joke, but Greenfield kind of liked it and rose to the challenge of actually making a Schmidt exercise video. Greenfield released it on YouTube and it went viral. Imagine Greenfield’s surprise when he found out that people weren’t just getting a kick out of it; they were actually paying attention to his spinning technique.

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: The New Girl, Spinning, Max Greenfield, Katie Couric, Exercise

$1 Million For a Bar Mitzvah? No Way, Kanye

By Eileen Reynolds

Wikimedia

Former NBC CEO Jeff Zucker threw his son Andrew a lavish bar mitzvah at the Four Seasons this weekend — complete with sushi, a celebrity guest list that included Katie Couric and customized Converse sneakers handed out to Andrew’s pals as party favors.

But if there was one thing missing from the bash, it was an appearance by Kanye West, who demanded a staggering $1 million when the family asked if he would perform at the event. The New York Post reports that Zucker briefly considered offering West a mere $800,000 — but then came to his senses and offered the gig to Jewish rapper Drake instead (who accepted, presumably for a more reasonable price).

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Katie Couric, Kanye West, Jeff Zucker, Four Seasons, Colin Cowie, Drake, Buddy Valastro, Bar Mitzvah




Find us on Facebook!
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.