No TV Interviews for Me

… Because I don’t want to be badgered or baited

By Jeff Salter

This week is about whether we’d like a NYC [or west coast studio] television interview … and if so, by whom.

Leave me out of it.

All the so-called “interview” shows I see on TV are just platforms for either the host/hostess to badger their victims [i.e., guests], or for the guest to bait and snipe at other guests.  No thanks.  Even the Jerry Springer combat show interviews would be preferable to that.

However, if I were going to be interviewed on the larger TV stage, I’d pick somebody like Dick Cavett.  He was intelligent, considerate, subdued, asked thoughtful questions… and actually listened to most of the answer before interrupting or shouting down the guests.

Not sure Cavett is doing interviews these days, but if he is, somebody have his people call my people… and maybe we can set up an interview.


Would YOU want to be interviewed by anyone on any of the current network shows?


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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18 Responses to No TV Interviews for Me

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Does the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon count? I don’t think it’s in NYC. But if it counts, I’d love to do some fun, quirky interview and follow it up with a skit or lip-syncing. That would be pretty awesome, assuming I don’t make an ass of myself, which is a very real possibility.


  2. Jimmy Fallon actually moved the Tonight Show from Hollywood back to New York. And he’d be my choice, too. I’m not sure I’d be clever enough to banter with him, but he does seem very polite. And I, too, love the fun things he engages his guests in!


    • jeff7salter says:

      I haven’t yet seen the show with Fallon at the helm, but I gather he’s doing a wonderful job. Terrific ratings. Maybe his people will call my people. Ha.


  3. People, people who have people
    Are the luckiest people in the world….


  4. Iris B says:

    Never heard of Dick Cavett.
    What about Matt Lauer. I thought he’d be a decent interviewer.


    • Dick Cavett was HUGE,Iris. He had a very casual but cerebral way, which was often funny in a sedate way. He had a wide variety of people on his show, usually one at a time.His show was a ‘must-watch’ in the 1970’s,(although he was around before and after).


    • jeff7salter says:

      I know the name and face of Matt Lauer, but have not actually watched him interview anybody.


  5. pjharjo says:

    I’ve never seen any of Cavett’s shows. And I’m sure I wouldn’t be “badgered” on The View, which was the show of my choice this week. As a matter of fact, of the other shows I’ve watched, I can’t say as I’ve seen an awful lot where the peeps were treated that way. just sayin’ 🙂


    • jeff7salter says:

      actually, in the few bits of The View which I’ve seen, those ladies seem quite cordial. It’s the shows where they book an adversary and then chastise him/her that I can’t stand.


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