Burt Reynolds, the award-winning movie star known for his roles in films like Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights, appeared on Today Thursday to promote his latest film, The Last Movie Star. However, some of his comments to host Hoda Kotb about her lips and his former relationship with actress Sally Field left many viewers feeling very, very confused.
Reynolds, 82, started out the segment by joking that he and Kotb had spent the night together. “I hope you got home alright,” he said. Kotb laughed off the comment and pointed out that Reynolds is known for his “comedic timing.”
Kotb then asked the actor what his father’s reaction was when he decided to give up playing football for Hollywood, since Reynolds had received a football scholarship to Florida State University as a teen. “He threw up,” Reynolds said. “For real?” Kotb asked with a chuckle. “No,” he responded.
Kotb then shifted to talking about Reynolds love life over the years. When she asked which woman Reynolds considers to be the love of his life, he responded, “You’re naughty. You really are,” and then said this woman was “seven when I fell in love with her.” Yes, a child.
“She stayed seven for about 11 years,” he added. “I would say Sally [Field].”
Reynolds and Field started dating after they met on the set of 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit. FYI, she was around 31 at the time, not seven years old. The couple dated for about five years.
In 2015, Reynolds told , “I miss her terribly. Even now, it’s hard on me. I don’t know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up.”
The Today interview then wrapped with Reynolds complimenting Kotb for not enlarging her lips with injections, saying he was "so proud of you for not having your lips larger.” Yikes.