Happy Tuesday to All!!
Monday was an exciting day, but very long for me. After the taping of the 2 The Talk Shows, my husband and I drove over 400 miles to get home as soon as possible. Too bad no-one warned us that the construction on the I-5 required the highway to be one lane for a few miles….. twice!!
However, every mile was worth it!! The two days in LA were wonderful!!
Both days were entirely different and I got to see Clay in two different ways. At the Outfest appearance, Clay seemed so relaxed. It was great to see the respect and friendship from the entire panel. They were all having a good time and proud of what they are doing. Clay was just part of the group and they obviously respected his talent and included him as part of the family.
At The Talk, we saw Clay in a different way. He was a wonderful guest. He was chatty and made a point of saying something special to each of the ladies. However, this was “I’m on TV” Clay!! That feeling of relaxation was not there…and that certainly makes sense. Perhaps I would never have picked up on it if I hadn’t seen him two days in a row.
During the commercial breaks, Clay stayed seated and talked quietly to each of the ladies and they all seemed to enjoy having Clay as a guest.
If I had to guess I would bet that the audience for The Talk was about 1/2 Clay fans. We were scattered throughout the studio. Most of the fans were supportive, but not trying to be the center of attention!! We just enjoyed Clay and supported him! Unfortunately, my husband and I were seated in the first row of the upper level, right behind the camera men and the cue card man. On most days, this would be interesting, but I could not see as much as you all did on TV. The only time I could see Clay was when he entered and left. I looked at the tiny screen on the camera and could almost see what was happening!!
The second show had Craig Ferguson as the main guest and will be shown on August 1st. The Talk was very organized and the staff was very nice. It is a very professionally run show. That being said, I probably will not watch it again unless Clay is on. The ladies were pleasant, but it is not my “cup of tea.”
One of the most rewarding aspects of the experience was having the opportunity to meet and chat with so many wonderful Clay fans. We had an hour break between the shows so I was able to talk to many of the fans. Each fan was a gem and each one unique in their own way. .. but how wonderful to see that Clay is loved by so many!
Of course, there was lots of talk about what Clay said on the show. Each one had their own opinion of what Clay meant. But, because we could talk to each other, the opinion that I got from the fans was very positive and full of excitement.
I want to end with a big thank you to all the wonderful people I had a chance to chat with over the last few days. There is just something special about Clay Aiken fans. Their hearts are full and they make others feel so good!! I have made true friends !!
PS: Tomorrow we will be back to our regular schedule. Thanks to all of you for letting me share my exciting Clay adventure with you!!