It’s still premiere week and Tuesday marked the second episode of The Talk, the newest addition to the CBS family and brainchild of co-host Sarah Gilbert.
The ladies “swiftly” jumped into the latest allegations surrounding Taylor Swift, her new song, and John Mayer. Apparently, the pair is rumored to have been romantically linked despite a hefty age gap and obvious experience differences. Sharon Osbourne recited disturbing lyrics from Swift’s latest song entitled “Dear John.” (Evidently, no one was supposed to guess that John stands for John! But, whatever!) Big Mistake! This is America–there is no shortage of great “hot topics” material to discuss. So what was this really all about? Was this a shameless plug? After all, Julie Chen did not hesitate to mention that Swift’s latest album is set to be released in less than a week. One can’t help but wonder if her record label paid for this mention. In short, Tuesday’s opening segment would have been better off closed.
Moving ever onward…to a rather strange moment, that is. Leah Remini seemed to have an “outer body” experience of sorts when talking about her new personalized pans with matching lids. Remini, who was over-the-top hyper, made it quite clear that it drives her crazy when she brings a dish to a gathering and her contribution goes unnoticed while her pan goes missing. Completely thrilled by the fact that she no longer has to say, “I want my pan back,” Remini shared the love by giving her co-hosts their very own custom-made set. The bright spot of this segment? Remini’s sense of humor, of course! In good fun, she had Chen’s pan inscribed with the words “From the kitchen of the Chenbot,” a once derogatory slur that Chen happily accepts as a nickname. That being said, one thing remains blurred…How did they transition from Taylor Swift to monogrammed pots?
Jennifer Lopez, newly robed American Idol judge, was the shining star of Tuesday’s show. After congratulating the ladies on a great first episode and giving the scoop on her relationship with best friend Remini, Lopez expressed her excitement about her new gig and fellow colleagues. Giving her take on the Idol audition process, Lopez had this to say—“It’s a good depiction…of what the business is. It’s just kind of a fast forward version of it.” Holly Robinson Peete, in what had to be her most obnoxious, albeit hysterical, move to date, just couldn’t resist the urge to point out her “banjo” like stretch marks in an effort to discover Lopez’s secret to a fantastic “mother-of-twins” body. This crazy exchange resulted in Lopez and the ladies engaging in a few laugh-out-loud moments regarding Lopez’s self-described “whale-ish” pregnant belly. Lopez, who spoke lovingly of her twins Max and Emme, shared how meaningful it was to be able to have them alongside her for the Gucci ad campaign to benefit UNICEF. Lopez added that her charity, The Maribel Foundation–which was designed to promote the health and well-being of women and children–plans on making a large contribution to UNICEF as well.
Following J-Lo was a disastrous segment with a longed-tongued dog and its high-strung owner. Sharon Osbourne and Chen sat down on the couch with this pair for what must have been television’s worst interview ever! At one point, it just became downright uncomfortable to watch. Whoever was responsible for that booking ought to be fired. It was irrelevant, insignificant, uninteresting, and disgusting! That said, let’s move on.
As the show drew to a close, the absent Marissa Jaret Winokur came to mind. Where was she? Day two and they’re already missing a host? And why does Osborne insist on being so unprofessional? Promoting the show’s content as “keep-it-real” talk is an excellent approach; but no shoes and feet in the chairs? That’s a bit too laid back.
Tighten up the show ladies! The only thing that saved it yesterday and made it worth watching was J-Lo gracing the stage with her presence!
The Talk continues premiere week today at 2pm EST. Can they redeem themselves? Will Sharon will keep her shoes on? Tune in to find out!