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Katie Couric Is Engaged

By Reuters/Anne Cohen

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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!

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When Larry King And Katie Couric Dated

By Anne Cohen

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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:

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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.

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Video: Spinning Class With Max Greenfield

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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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.

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

By Eileen Reynolds

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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).

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