Then the shows grew into Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey (back in the day when she had a last name) and Ricki Lake.
*I swear I'm not a 75 year old grandmother with ten cats.*
Now I watch The Talk and Anderson Cooper faithfully every day. I used to watch Ellen but I tired of the gimmicky comedy element of it and the fact that there were ten guests in twenty minutes. I can appreciate her but she's just not my preference. I also will record other shows if there is a guest that I really enjoy, including late night shows.
I do have the habit of fast forwarding through guests I don't know or particularly care for though. Sometimes I regret it when I read in the entertainment news that "OMG YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAID." But mostly, I just have other ways to spend my time (a.k.a. other shows to watch)
Tonight I am exhausted. I've been trying to work full-time and right now it feels like there have been back-to-back full moons at work. (those of you who work in social services, first responders, or schools understand what I just said)
So I actually did not have the energy to walk the six feet to the remote while making dinner to change the show when Joan Collins came on The Talk. I am not a Dynasty fan and I'm not a fan of her books so I was not interested in her at all.
But then she told a great story about doing her own stunts and something that Gene Kelly told her.
AGAIN: I swear I'm not seventy-five years old and own ten cats.
I was happy that I hadn't fast-forwarded past her interview. It was a great story (to me) and I was glad that I heard it.
I guess the lesson learned is to stop being in such a hurry and to stop being dismissive of talk show guests that I am not familiar with or fond of because something might happen during that interview to change that.
Yes, I realize the entire reason for talk shows is that last sentence. It's been a long day.