Billy's Blog: Colin, 'The View' & More (July 25, 2006)

Under some tough questioning from Matt Lauer on the “Today” Show this morning, Colin Farrell opted to take the Tom Cruise path to shutting down the interviewer….tell him repeatedly and forcefully he’s being “glib”.

Matt had to chuckle as the clear reference was crafty and funny, but in the aftermath, will this become an ongoing “out” method for celebrities under fire? I think so, especially if the interviews are being conducted in front of an audience, as they are these days outside on the plaza. The audience is essentially watching a tennis match - whoever makes the big play and ends the rally gets the crowd approval.

Debbie Matenopoulos returned to ‘The View’ after being fired seven years before. She came back and ‘kissed the ring’. That is to say she returned gracefully and got a big cheer. It would have been foolish to play up a beef with Barbara Walters. Instead she thanked the queen for giving her an entree into the TV business. A great PR play for Debbie today…as for her comment that her new E! Show is “like a hipper ET or Access”….you were doing so well!!

We are planning our EMMY pre-show to air on NBC from the Emmy Red Carpet and it will be one of the best pre-shows you’ve ever seen. That’s a promise.

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