COURIC coulda been one of KING’s queens if the chat show lothario had had his way!

 Years before Katie, 56, married late hubby Jay Monahan in 1989, she went out with a then-single Larry King.


Yakking it up on Jimmy Kimmel, Katie revealed that she met the legendary broadcaster, 23 years her senior, at a party when they were both living in Washington D.C. and he asked her out.


“So I was about 30-years-old and I was going through this period of my life where I was like ‘I am going I am going to go out with anyone who asks me because you learn something every time you go out with a new person,’” she explained chuckling.

 “He picks me up from my apartment, and he was driving a Lincoln town car,” she continued. “We go to this Italian restaurant. They put us right next to each other like they do all the men and their ‘nieces’ … and he ordered veal poached in chicken stock because he had just had quadruple bypass, which was hot …”

King – who’s now been married eight times – apparently thought dinner went well, so well that he didn’t want to take Couric home.

“We’re having a nice enough time. We’re driving home and I see we’re going over Memorial Bridge and that’s not the way back to my apartment. So I go, ‘Larry, where are we going?’

“He goes, ‘MY place.’ And I was like ‘Oh, mother of God. Oh God’ …”

But Katie couldn’t get herself out of the situation.

 “I was only thirty I just could not figure out how to extricate myself from it.”

Couric was impressed by King’s décor.

“We walk in and it’s covered with proclamations like ‘Larry King Day’ and keys to every city in the country—that was sexy …”

 “So we sat there, and what can I say? He lunged … and I started laughing a little bit because the whole situation was out of a bad Lifetime movie.

“I said, ‘Larry, you are such a nice man, but I would like to meet someone a LITTLE closer to my age.”