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E! NEWS TRACKS DOWN THE BIGGEST FEMALE TALK SHOW HOSTS FROM THE 80’S AND 90’S TO DISCOVER “WHERE ARE THEY NOW?”
Week Long Series Features Sally Jesse Raphael, Leeza Gibbons, Ricki Lake, Carnie Wilson and Jenny Jones
LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2011 – These women hosted their own daytime TV talk shows for a span of two decades and helped make the genre incredibly popular, but where are they now? Beginning Monday, November 7th, E! News launches a week-long series that tracks down some of the biggest female names in daytime talk from the 80s and 90s to find out what they are up to now. The series features Sally Jesse Raphael, Leeza Gibbons, Ricki Lake, Carnie Wilson and Jenny Jones. Tune in nightly for all the interviews and juicy details.
Sally Jesse Raphael:
Sally was a ratings explosion! The series was on air for 19 years, and while viewers saw the host transform through the decades, one thing always stayed the same: her trademark red specks. Sally’s show was cancelled in 2002, and she didn’t have much muck landing another one. After unsuccessfully trying to sell a few of her own ideas to TV execs, she decided to leave showbiz for good. Where is she now? E! News reveals in a new interview.
“Go Ricki… Go Ricki!” This catch phrase dominated daytime in the nineties and helped make Ricki Lake a household name. She burst ontoscene in 1993 and captivated viewers with everything from topics like domestic violence, disappearing husbands and freeloaders. The 43- year-old is now making TV comeback. Tune in to find out where you can see Ricki next.
TV sensation Leeza Gibbons captivated daytime audiences in the 90’s! Her show Leeza aired from 1994-2000, tackling tough issues like domestic violence and the Columbine Massacre, while racking up 27 Emmy nominations. The stunning 54-year-old has been keeping busy after her talk show was cancelled, and E! News will let you know exactly what she’s been up to.
From 1995-1996, Carnie hosted her own short-lived syndicated television talk show Carnie! After her talk show was cancelled, Wilson became a correspondent on ET and a cast member of the CMT series Gone Country, along with other many TV appearance and hosting gigs. E! News catches up with Carnie as she divulges how she really felt about her show and what she’s up to now.
The Jenny Jones Show was a syndicated daytime talk show that ran from 1991 to 2003. When the series began, it used a traditional talk show format that was reminiscent of Oprah. However, ratings were low the first two seasons and the series began to move away from serious subjects, taking on more unusual or outrageous topics such as paternity tests, out-of-control teens, confronting former bullies, etc. On March 6, 1995, Jenny Jones taped an episode called "Same Sex Secret Crushes" on which Scott Amedure, a gay man, confessed to his friend, Jonathan Schmitz, that he had a crush on him. Three days after the taping, Schmitz, allegedly upset over that incident, killed Amedure. This became the biggest controversy in daytime talk. Jones had to go to court and defend the show. Where is she now? We reveal where you can find her since she disappeared from the TV scene – why she could be the New Martha Stewart!
Tune in to E! News the week of November 7th for all of the interviews and insight on what it was like to be a female talk show host in the 80’s and 90’s.