Burt Reynolds wants to clarify some odd remarks he made to Hoda Kotb during a rather uncomfortable interview on the “Today” show last week.
The legendary actor, 83, sat down with the morning show host to promote his new movie “The Last Movie Star” when he made an odd comment to Kotb while talking about his long career.
“I am so proud of you for not having your lips larger,” he said before reaching for her hand and kissing it.
The bizarre interview continued when Kotb, 53, showed the “Smokey and the Bandit” actor some photos to reminisce on, “These are all in my bedroom too. I don’t have any pictures of anybody else but me because it makes me happy,” he responded.
Later, Reynolds told Kotb he wants George Clooney to play him in a movie about his career, “Why not? He’s not quite as good-looking as me,” Reynolds said. “But he’s still got a lot of other things.”
In a subsequent interview with USA Today, Reynolds explained that his remark about Kotb’s lips was a joke that didn’t quite land as he had hoped.
“It didn’t come out like that. I don’t know what the hell I said,” Reynolds said. “But I got so [hacked] off at people being [hacked] off at me for hurting Kotb.”
Reynolds admitted he felt bad over what transpired, and sent Kotb a note after the interview. “I never, ever meant to hurt her,” he explained. “I think she’s the best at doing what she does. And that laugh is to die for.”
“The Last Movie Star” hits theatres March 30.