May 05, 2006 08:00 AM

When it comes to discussing their relationship, neither Jennifer Aniston nor Vince Vaughn has been very forthcoming. Most questions put to them, in fact, are met with dead silence. Until now.

Taking a direct approach to get his guest to talk, David Letterman tells Vaughn on Friday night’s Late Show, according to a preview obtained by the Associated Press: “Hey, nice going on that Jennifer Aniston thing.”

Slightly thrown off balance, Vaughn – who costars with Aniston in the upcoming The Break Up – recovers and responds: “It’s very nice of you to say that, Dave, thank you. Yeah, it’s been kind of interesting for me, and I just choose not to talk about my private life that much publicly.”

Letterman then flat out asks if Vaughn and Aniston are a couple. Replies the comic actor: “I’m not saying we are or aren’t a couple. I think she’s great, but I just don’t discuss whether we are.”

As the conversation develops, Vaughn, 36, turns to the audience and, referring to Letterman, announces: “Do you like the way he just kind of takes the approach that it’s fact?”

Letterman fared much better than Today show reporter Jill Rappaport, who on April 4 was met with silence from Aniston when she inquired about Vaughn (in particular, whether Oprah Winfrey was really about to toss the couple an $8 million wedding, as had been rumored).

Aniston even skirted the Vaughn issue two weeks later when Winfrey had her on the show to clear up the wedding rumors. When Winfrey asked if there was anything else she wanted to address, Aniston said: “No wedding, no moves, no no. I’ll keep you posted.”

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