Ellen DeGeneres, the ruler of daytime talk shows, has allegedly come out against Kris Jenner and her desperate attempts to continue her Kardashian brand via a talk show, which many people aren’t entirely crazy about. The National Enquirer has made a claim that Ellen is outraged over Kris’s explosion onto the scene, and the fact that her first airings did extremely well might be to blame for the minor dose of jealousy. But what apparently has Ellen even more bothered is the fact that Kris doesn’t take the role of talk show host seriously, that she doesn’t truly care about her guests but only the ratings she’ll garner. Read more at Celeb Dirty Laundry…
Sometimes I long for the days where I could stay home from school, snuggle up in a blanket and watch trashy daytime talk shows. Most of these shows are just vehicles for the media to exploit rather strange people, reduce them to cultural stereotypes or make them look dumb. Now, obviously these people want to be on TV which is why I don’t feel too guilty watching these shows. In fact, I would say I get a lot of joy from watching them because, let’s be real, these folk end up in some very ratchet situations. It’s fascinating to watch the complicated and bizarre scenarios people can get themselves in. Jenny Jones was a pioneer in highlighting the strange and and unheard of (in a pre-internet world). Here are the 15 best guests from JJ. Read more…
Talk shows in the ’80s and early ’90s were obsessed with sussing out the latest subculture and parading it on display for the entire world to gawk at. Whether goth, punk, club kid or something in between, shows like Phil Donahue, Maury Povitch and Ricki Lake steadily trotted out what they considered “freaks.” Take this clip of a crew of (actually very notable) punk rockers who appeared on “The Morning Show” with Regis and Kathie Lee in 1986. Among them was Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri, founding member of the Lower East Side punk band Warzone, and Todd Youth, of the band Murphy’s Law (who later played with Danzing). These guys are so cute, but Kathie Lee is terrified.
Every generation has its own version of rebellion — so when club kids came around a decade later, flaunting looks and music that was the diametric opposite of punk, nobody should have been surprised. But talk show pundits ate that up. Just like they did a few years later when Marilyn Manson’s brand of manufactured goth horror came into its own.
Looking back at those kids, and those shows now, they seem delightfully tame. Check out a small collection of some of the best moments of punk rock, parental outrage, club kid mayhem and Manson fanaticism ever captured on the talk show circuit. Keep reading »
And now for the best news I’ve heard all day! Ricki Lake has announced that after a nine year absence from the boob tube — during which she birthed some babies at home without drugs, got divorced, and appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” — her talk show will be returning to television next fall. Go, Ricki! Go, Ricki! Find out what she has planned for her return to TV after the jump… Keep reading »
Oprah has been gone for three weeks now, and there is a serious void in the daytime television universe. Who will step forward to give us life advice and book recommendations, and just generally take on the mission of keeping us sane? Perhaps … Bethenny Frankel? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bethenny is filming a talk show pilot as we speak. And she’s working on it with heavy hitters—Telepictures, the company behind “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Ellen.” Ms. DeGeneres herself even has a hand in creating the series.
So, could Bethenny be the next Oprah? Keep reading »