The time frame was 2001 and actress Angelina Jolie had divorced her two-timing husband Billy Bob Thornton. As she rode up a hotel elevator she had a chance encounter with celebrity journalist Pat O’Brien, host of the popular show “Access Hollywood”. O’Brien asked her was she was up to and the newly available woman was bluntly honest. She was looking for a man she knew because she was feeling horny. It was then the witty O’Brien, who is roughly 27 years her senior, quipped that she had his number in the event she was unable to find her partner.
“I said, ‘What’s up baby?’” O’Brien recalled of bumping into the Oscar winner. Jolie’s response? “I’m trying to find this guy I kind of know because I’m really horny right now.'” Seemingly unfazed, O’Brien writes, “I joked that she had my number and we laughed.”
Another interview he had was with Jolie’s father Jon Voight back in 2004. At the time, Voight was estranged from his daughter and worried about her state of mind. He gave an interview with O’Brien in the hopes that his message could reach his daughter and stage a reconciliation. The interview didn’t help matters much between the father and daughter, but three years later they were able to reconcile.
The encounters are chronicled in O’Brien’s newly published memoir, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”. During his career, O’Brien has interviewed the attractive actress multiple times and the two share a mutual respect for one another. However, it isn’t clear how she’ll react to him recalling this unusual encounter.
His memoir isn’t dedicated entirely to little known “skinny” about the big names in Hollywood. O’Brien, who is six years sober, chronicles his battle with alcoholism. His rehabilitation counselor finally talked sense to him when he addressed the issue of his own mortality and that he would need to make preparations for his son Sean to bury him. It hasn’t been easy though. To this day, O’Brien attends AA meetings twice a day in order to keep from relapsing. O’Brien is known to many sports fans for his 16 years as a sportscaster on NBC from 1981 to 1997.