So I have been a little off kilter for the last 24 hours because I've been booked for a live appearance on the ladies' gabfest The View (live today) to bring some clips from our hit Outrageous and Contagious Viral Videos. Given that The View is it's very own hub of Viral Videos, I am a little verklempt at the notion of sitting with Star and Co. chit-chatting the morning away. I reacted first with amusement at the news that I'd been booked, but when I got home Monday night and poured myself a glass of wine, my pal Liza called. "You are going to be sitting with THE LADIES! You realize that, right? THE LADIES! And a STUDIO AUDIENCE!" I told her it was too much to think about and quickly got off the phone.
My doorbell rang and behind it stood my dinner companions, World of Wonder Superproducers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. When I told them the news they were FULL of bright ideas. "Here's what you need to do," Randy plotted. "Challenge them right there on live TV to make a viral video MOMENT that will be downloaded everywhere! Get Joy to bitchslap Star! Get Star to bitchslap Joy!" Oh man. A Challenge was hatched. A line was drawn. An opportunity was born. I pondered. I can't in good faith go on The View and throw a match to the Joy-Star "thing" and expect to be invited back, right?
I slept on it but in the light of day thought better of it. Yesterday was a flurry of pre-interviews thrown in with a few calls from friends who encouraged me to do something along the lines of what Randy suggested. Last night I went to a very nice, very adult book party for my friend Jon Alter's new Roosevelt opus "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the triumph of Hope" at the Upper West Side palace of CBS News' Harry Smith and Sportscaster Andrea Joyce. Summer for me is shaping up to be Roosevelt at the beach!
It was an "adult" party, one of those where I felt a little dumb, but smart enough to have known to wear a sportcoat. It was wine and fingery food and high ceilings and Ron Silver, Steve Kroft, Caroline Kennedy, Mary Alice Williams, Charles Grodin, Jeffrey Toobin, Frank Rich, Ken Auletta, and many, many other people talking about laws being passed or not passed in Europe and many media matters discussed and all more important things than my lame appearance on The View. And then, as luck would have it, Meredith Vieira walked in. This was my opportunity to get a leg up on my View experience! I hustled Andrea Joyce into an MV introduction. Andrea, always game for anything, graciously complied.
Upon meeting Vieira, I flashed back to a long-forgotten memory of fetching her coffee when she anchored the CBS Morning News. She'd forgotten, too, but we bonded anyway. She is cool and calm and in turn made me feel cool and calm about my impending View-dom. I am not going to do anything stupid simply so Meredith will not hate me.