11 hours ago, @JapMosaid:
Well, here we are in the Small Talk Thread....
I find it highly ironic that the last post was about Covid and was made on the day my father died of Covid in NYC..... 😪
Anyway, the reason I wasn't completely happy with my experience on the Rachael Ray Show is because of a few things, which actually turns out to be a long story, LOL.
First, the producer asked me leading questions on the phone about whether I felt like I was moodier and not as nice with people during menopause as before. I said "yes" to being moodier and "yes" to sometimes being more short tempered, but I didn't say I had become a full-on bitch or anything. Then when we were all in the green room on the morning of the show, the other women and I were extensively coached on what we were going to be asked, and given an opportunity to somewhat rehearse our answers. So I never expected them to deviate from any of this. The question I was going to be asked was like the one the producer had asked me over the phone. Well, when the author questioned me during the actual filming, she threw me a whammie/curve ball and asked me how long it had been since I had turned into a mean, difficult person (or something to that effect). Given that we were filming, there was no way I could say, "Time out, stop the tape, I have NOT become a mean, difficult person!" I was almost literally thrown off my seat! How could they DO this to me??? I didn't know who to blame, her or the show for this! But anyway, I stuck to my rehearsed answer and prefaced it with, "Well, I don't think I've become a mean/difficult person, but I have felt moodier and not always as nice with people as I was before". I mean, what a thing to do to a person on national TV - make everyone that may only know me peripherally think I'm really some sort of mean bitch!
What really pissed me off is that the other two women were given really softball questions and looked like wonderful people by comparison. Anyway, that was the main thing that bothered me, but there's more!
The second thing that bugged me is that Rachael's show has always been legendary for having fantastic food for guests in the green room before filming. What did we get? A tray of sad looking grapes and pineapple chunks with toothpicks. Literally. Like, could they spare it? On a show that brags about how well they feed their guests? I guess we didn't rate anything better than that!
The third thing that bugged me is that after our segment was finished filming we were immediately escorted off the set, however we were all under the impression from what had been communicated to us beforehand that we were going to be allowed to stay in the audience to watch the rest of the filming of the episode. It took several minutes of us begging and pleading with the stage manager before we were told that they'd "find out" if it was possible. Seriously? What are we, chopped liver? Like there were some open seats in the back, it's not like they would have to put up folding chairs or anything! Finally, after what seemed like forever, we were told we could go up to a balcony where we could watch the rest of the show. We climbed up a staircase and found ourselves in a little "theatre" of 2 rows of seats - all of which were empty. Like they knew they had this area but we still had to beg and plead to stay?
It was fascinating to watch the rest of the show and it took another hour and a half at least before it was finished. But I was left with a bad taste in my mouth by the experience (and was literally starving after all that time). I had heard rumors that Rachael was a bitch but I never believed stuff like that. Now I wasn't so sure. I realize she may not have known about this stuff, but it IS her show, after all.
It also hurt because I bear a resemblance to Rachael (I am 10 years older than her to the DAY) and we share an almost identical ethnic background. Plus I was always into cooking like her and could relate to her stories about her Sicilian family. I was a big fan of hers up until that point. I remember when they sat me and the other women in the front row before our segment was filmed, she was standing on the stage waiting for things to begin. She locked eyes with me for a moment and I smiled at her, but she didn't even register my existence even though she was only a few feet away and definitely saw me. You would think she'd have some reaction to someone that looked more like her sister than her own sister! Anyway, I was never as much of a fan of hers after that.
So anyway, you asked, LOL. 😉