the future of talkshow hosts

LONG BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 26: Oprah Winfrey is honored with Minerva Award at Maria Shriver Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 26, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

So we’re all talking about how it’s a little unprofessional for Ellen DeGeneres to be interviewing her wife Portia DeGeneres (nee di Rossi) on her new book – a tell-all on how she among other things battled anorexia (I haven’t read the book myself so….) But besides the fact that I hardly think people are particularly interested in this particularly, why would we want to listen to her being interviewed by someone who will clearly have conflict of interest. How exactly will she ask all the tough questions?

And then we got onto Oprah and Gayle. Now I love watching Oprah when she has a relevant guest on the couch. She’s honest with her opinions, she’s forthright and she does her homework. Gayle on the other hand… I kind of switch off in annoyance when she starts speaking. I understand that she’s Oprah’s best friend but then perhaps she should only be brought in when Oprah has a book club or something because honestly, she has nothing of import to add. Sometime I see a flutter of irritation wing across Oprah’s face too when Gayle goes on and then she promptly, always apologetically, cuts her off.

But my point is are talk shows still relevant when we have more revealing twitter statements and tell-all books and podcasts and such… I still love The View though. A group of intelligent women from various different backgrounds arguing and debating and sharing, now that’s relevant and exciting. But a pre-recorded one-on-one interview in front of a studio audience by a host who never fails to remind us about the time when ‘Jennifer Aniston was over at my house…’ or when ‘Tom Cruise dropped off in for a surprise visit cos he lives next door and all the helicopters and paparazzi started circling…’ or when ‘Halle Berry was late to my 40th birthday party…’ the lines of objectivity get somewhat blurred – and so done!


2 thoughts on “the future of talkshow hosts

  1. That is so true Zodwa. I even stopped watching the Oprah Show because she is so self righteous and just never stops singing praises of her life or herself. The View is very relevant and on point.

    • Yes! Granted she has a wealth of experience and her fair share of misfortune and tragedy but somehow she always comes off as a tad judgmental – as if she’s experienced all that life has to offer. I still enjoy her shows though but I feel she’s ending them at the right time. I don’t think there’s need for a new queen of Oprah. What more could be underneath the seats?

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