Welcome to another edition of Casting Call: Jill's Search for the Perfect Co-Host! With each Casting Call, I advocate for someone I'd love as my future talk show co-host. Eventually, the viewers (and the network executives) will make the final call.
|Jill Dobson & Courtney Friel|
Today's Casting Call features... Courtney Friel! I once believed the network brass would insist on a classic male-female duo at the co-host desk. Then I started watching Kathie Lee and Hoda. How much fun are these two? Watch this video of them storming Entertainment Weekly's offices and demanding a cover story! I love it! And I think there's room for another gal-gal talk show duo, don't you?
As co-hosts, I guarantee Courtney and I would engage in hijinks that would be just as entertaining as Kathie Lee and Hoda's. In fact, we crashed an OK Magazine party last year... so we're ahead of the curve when it comes to unhealthy obsession with weekly celebrity news magazines!
Speaking of celeb magazines, Courtney and I met when I was Editor-at-Large of Star Magazine. She was at Fox News, and interviewed me for a segment she hosted. Then I joined her at Fox News, where we took turns interviewing Oscar nominees, hosting Strategy Room, and being mistaken for one another.
I decided to leave Fox to pursue the worlds of talk show hosting and writing. Courtney stayed at Fox, where she's interviewing American Idol finalists right this moment. (Scotty told her to tell me to tell YOU hello, by the way!)
Now I think it's time for a Courtney and Jill reunion. After all, the talk show world needs more diversity. What could be more diverse than a bubbly blonde with deep blue eyes (Courtney) and a animated blonde with green-blue eyes (Jill)?
If you agree, please contact the executives at ABC, NBC, CBS, E! or any other relevant TV network, and urge them to give me a talk show... and to make Courtney an offer, too! (Although, I should note, she is happily employed at FNC.) Thank you for your support.*
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*Yes, that last sentence was a Bartles & Jaymes reference circa 1984! Good lookin' out!