Burt Reynolds clarifies his remarks about Hoda Kotb, Sally Field
Film legend Burt Reynolds clarified some of the questionable remarks he made on the “Today” show last week — an appearance where he complimented Hoda Kotb’s lips and said he fell in love with Sally Field when she was 7.
Reynolds, 82, explained that he didn’t mean any harm when he ended his interview with Kobt by telling her, “I’m so proud of you for not having your lips larger,” and said he’s since passed along a note to her.
Burt Reynolds made the original comments last week on the “Today” show.
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“It didn’t come out like that. I don’t know what the hell I said,” Reynolds told USA Today in a new interview. “But I got so (hacked) off at people being (hacked) off at me for hurting Kotb.”
Reynolds continued: “I never, ever meant to hurt her. I think she’s the best at doing what she does. And that laugh is to die for.”
The actor also told the newspaper that he didn’t remember saying Field “was 7 when I fell in love with her” after Kotb asked him who is the love of his life.
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“I didn’t say 7,” Reynolds said. “I said 37, I think.”
Field was 30 when she joined the cast of “Smokey and the Bandit” to co-star alongside Reynolds. The duo reportedly met for the first time on the 1977 movie’s set.
Reynolds and Field, 71, went on to date, and the actor previously told USA Today that he regrets their relationship didn’t work out.
Reynolds starred alongside Sally Field on “Smokey and the Bandit.”
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The recent wave of interviews come as Reynold’s promotes his latest movie, “The Last Movie Star,” in which he portrays an aging actor who must come to grips with his career coming toward an end.
The film, which also stars Ariel Winter, hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on March 30.