The chemistry NBC watchers saw between Connie Chung and David Letterman on “The Late Show” was real, according to the 74-year-old newswoman.
“I had this thing for him and he had a thing for me — I really think it was inexplicable in that respect,” Chung said on Los Angeles magazine podcast “The Originals.”
But according to Chung, who married TV host Maury Povich in 1984, the relationship wasn’t that simple.
“And yet, I really didn’t have a thing for him,” she added. “Do you know what I mean?”
Chung was a popular guest on Letterman’s show and their relationship sometimes seemed flirtatious. Like Letterman, 73, Chung spent significant chunks of her career at both NBC and CBS.
Chung said that when Letterman was on air, he was the sort of funny and charming person she likes to be around. But once the lights and cameras were off, his “dark” and grumpy side came through.
“He’s anti-social is what he is,” she said, struggling to describe Letterman’s enigmatic personality.
Chung laughed when reminded that Letterman would deliberately pronounce her husband’s name on air in a dismissive tone and joked that he’d love to grab pizza with her if “Murray” wasn’t part of the plan. But according to Chung, when she and Letterman talked about getting together socially off camera, it was the same routine.
“Basically his answer was only if Maury isn’t coming too,” she said.