During Leno's guest appearance Friday on Craig Ferguson's last night hosting The Late Late Show, Leno was asked if he ever "glassed over" during an interview after more than 20 years hosting The Tonight Show, and the 64-year-old comedian was more than happy to call out Trista by name.
Trista appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2003.
"I had one of these reality stars on...Trista, from one of those Bachelorette, Bachelor or whatever," he recalled, citing the incident as a "classic example." "So I'm sitting there, and she's like, here, and I'm talking to her like this, and I'm looking at the side of her head because I tend to look [there]. So we're talking about -- I couldn't be less interested. I'd never seen the stupid reality show, didn't know what it was."
And it gets worse.
Leno remembered forgetting who she was that night, despite having just interviewed her a couple moments earlier.
"So I said, 'Well thank you, and good talking to you, see you, great, good night everybody!' I go out in the parking lot, there's this woman standing next to me with her boyfriend," he said. "She goes, 'Hey, can I have a picture?' I said, "Sure, how're you doing?' She goes, 'Good.' 'So what's your name?' She goes, 'What?'"
'What's your name?'" Leno said he asked again, before Trista awkwardly replied.
Trista took to Twitter Saturday, and thanked Leno for the "shoutout."
After 10 yrs, ironic that I'm the topic of convo on @CraigyFerg last show. Thx 4 the shoutout @jayleno! Next time, plz mention my book. ;)
Trista is the author of Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart, which came out last November.
Though, perhaps the reality star, 43, is happy to brush aside the embarrassing story as she continues to thrive in her personal life. The former Miami Heat cheerleader is part of one of the rare reality TV couples that has actually stood the test of time -- she is still married to Bachelorette season one winner Ryan Sutter after getting hitched on TV in 2003 -- and the couple has two children together, son Maxwell, 7, and daughter Blakesley, 5.