|Photo source: Hi-Def News Caps|
Photo date: October 2010
My latest TV appearance: An early Friday morning guest spot on Red Eye.
One of the show's hot topics: A member of Gov. Pawlenty's camp has apologized for saying Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has "sex appeal."
My take: Most women are happy to be complimented on their appearance... when they're on a date. But in the workplace, we'd rather be recognized for our contributions, intelligence and dedication.
For me, personally, I've always hoped that Red Eye viewers appreciated my humor, my constant belittling of my nemesis Bill Schulz, and the (hopefully) apparent research I put into each of the show's topics. That's why I got a little concerned during the day Thursday, as more and more viewers took to Twitter with Red Eye-related requests for me, including, "Wear a short dress," and "Leg chair!!!!!""Leg chair" is a term coined by Red Eye viewers for the seat closet to the camera (see photo above). What the folks on Twitter may have missed during my last Red Eye appearance (and several subsequent blog postings**) is that I'm expecting a baby. Therefore, these days, when I appear on the show, I no longer look quite like I do in the photo above. Instead, I look much more like this:
|Victoria Beckham, pregnant and sunbathing|
Photo source: www.Facebook.com/Beckham
The point is, if the guys on Twitter Thursday afternoon are representative of all Red Eye viewers, and what they like best about me is my (pre-pregnancy) appearance, then we're all in for disappointment any time I'm in front of the camera these days.
So I asked folks on Twitter the following (somewhat needy) question:
To those tweeting about the #RedEye #legchair: What you like best about me are my smarts/humor, right? #PleaseSayYesAnd here are some of the responses I got back:
@GoBucks_23: Of course we like you for your humor and smarts... We're not that shallow
@StitchJonze: Jill we don't 'Like' your smarts/humor .... We LOVE it!
@Schnerrydog: Best guests #legchair or not have great interplay with greg bill and andy. You exceed expectations...
It seems, at least around 7am Eastern Time, the viewers are saying all the right things. As for the 3am crowd, well... let's just say I'll have to think twice about checking Twitter while the show is airing! If you've ever heard the segment where Greg plays the voicemail he gets from viewers, you'd know that the vocal ones, at least, are clearly way, wayyyyy under the influence. I don't even want to know what those guys will have to say about my new, more zaftig***, baby-on-board appearance! I'll stop when I'm ahead.
Time for my Operation Media Blackout to commence!
* Really, really early. 3am ET on Fox News Channel.
**Geez, thanks for tuning into The Jill Dobson Show so frequently, guys!***I have always wanted to use that word. Say it with me: "Zaftig." Fun, right?
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