Marcia Clark Neatly Sidestepped Ellen DeGeneres' Bold Questions About Chris Darden — VIDEO
Since the launch of the FX original series American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, skeletons of the former NFL player's murder trial have been spilling out of the closet. Weeks after the show's premiere, a retired police officer handed a knife over to Los Angeles police which had allegedly been found on the Simpson estate in the late 1990s. While it appears to be a coincidence that the possible piece of evidence was brought out in the midst of the series' airing, the show has undoubtedly been responsible for bringing the case's major players — as well as their personal lives — into the spotlight. In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres asked the infamous trial's lead prosecutor if she was indeed romantically involved with her co-worker. But Marcia Clark is still being cagey about her rumored relationship with Christopher Darden.
The visit to Ellen, which happened on Thursday, soon turned into a soft interrogation on Clark's maybe / maybe not romantic relationship with her co-prosecutor, Darden. I say soft because DeGeneres plainly admitted that she wasn't expecting any sort of confirmation. I say interrogation because DeGeneres definitely didn't hold back in looking for the truth, expected or not. DeGeneres boldly told Clark that, watching the trial unfold on screen, it seemed as though Darden was in love with her. On that point, Clark did not agree. "It didn't seem that way to me," the guest told Degeneres.
OK, that's clear enough of an answer. When the show host gave Clark a minute to elaborate, though, the prosecutor shared all the feelings, explaining just how much their partnership meant to her at the time:
We were really partners. We were trench mates ... He was my partner and it was really ... You know, I can't tell you how important it was to have him there.
In the FX series, the partners come close to sealing the deal with a kiss. So naturally Degeneres asked the real Clark just how accurate that part of show was. "Did ya'll make out?" the host tossed out to Clark on a whim. That's when the nervous laughing began. While Clark was willing to admit to a few friendly activities the duo did do together while working on the case, she never gave a direct response to Degeneres' question. All that giggling sure made it seem like something went down, but maybe Clark was giving it to the audience straight when she said that dancing was pretty much the extent of their relationship outside of work.