Friday night, April 23rd………….most of Clay Aiken’s fans thought that they would be seeing Clay on TV. It had been announced that Clay would be a guest on the Larry King Live show. But, within hours of announcing Clay would be a guest, “Team Clay “ announced by twitter and FaceBook that the visit was off.
For whatever reason the show was pulled off of Clay’s calendar, we can only hope that he is healthy and just decided that it was not an appearance he wanted to make.
It’s been a long time since Clay has made an appearance on TV. To take away some of the disappointment, I have posted some videos of Clay visiting with Larry King on September 27, 2006. Clay and Larry held a 50-minute interview and touched on a variety of topics, including panic attacks, rumors and the price of fame……..oh yes…..they also covered the release of Clay’s album, A Thousand Different Ways.
There are two conversations in this interview that made me laugh. The first is about Ryan Seacrest. Poor Larry…he didn’t have a clue!!
KING: Ryan Seacrest sends his best by the way.
AIKEN: Oh, good.
KING: We spoke to him today.
AIKEN: Oh, good.
KING: He was very good to you.
AIKEN: Oh, was he? That’s nice.
KING: Wasn’t he?
AIKEN: He’s always — oh, he’s always very good to us, yes. We loved him.
The second chuckle came from this short conversation.
AIKEN: How did the panic attack thing start?
KING: The rumors start?
AIKEN: I don’t know. I really have no idea. I mean I think that…
KING: One piece, somebody wrote something do you remember how it…
AIKEN: I really don’t know. I mean I stopped paying attention. I think the first time actually my first memory of you, Larry, it was the first time I was on your show right after Idol and I was in a satellite with Ruben from New York and you were here and you said something about the National Enquirer and how there was some story in the Enquirer. It was the first time I had heard about it. And I went, “Oh, I thought Larry was nice. What’s this all about?” I had no idea.
KING: I’m nice.
AIKEN: Yes, you are but I didn’t — I didn’t have any idea what it was about. And at that point I think someone had said that I had said that the show was rigged or something preposterous like that. And, of course, somebody I’d never heard of. I think people get bored and they decide to make these stories up.
Listening to Clay Aiken in an interview is an amazing time. Even when the person asking the questions is looking for a scoop, Clay has a way of answering that is polite but gets his point across.
I know that you all would rather have 2010 Clay, but these videos are the best I can do.