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If you haven’t seen my “Home & Family” interview yet – don’t worry. The full episode will soon be available online, and I’ll share a link when that happens.
In the meantime… I got lots of behind-the-scenes photos from my day at “Home & Family”…like this one, with the show’s hosts, Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.
I met Mark and Cristina separately before the show, and they’re both really warm and friendly. They had been briefed about my story, and they both expressed excitement about my interview. I was nervous, so that helped put me at ease.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me go back a little bit. “Home & Family” is a daily 2-hour lifestyle show filmed on the backlot of Universal Studios, alongside the fake cities and towns where they’ve shot all sorts of movies and TV shows over the years. They don’t tape it on a soundstage, they tape it in a custom-built house complete with kitchen, garage, back patio, and so on. What’s kinda funny is that the house is at the end of a street in the Old West part of the backlot, so you have to drive by saloons and general stores to get there. Here I am arriving a little before 10am:
My friend Tavi came with me (he took most of these photos), and after I changed into the clothes I was going to wear on-air, we wandered around the Old West sets and explored a little bit.
I also spent a few minutes in the hair and make-up room before they whisked me into the house. First order of business: a quick little photo shoot, so they had an “after” picture for a “before and after” graphic. Here I am posing for the camera:
Then I spent some time talking with Peter, my producer, about what to expect during the interview. It turns out that I was gonna be in a lot more of the show than I was anticipating! Peter confirmed that my interview was going to run 2 segments, instead of one. WOW! I’d be sitting on the couch at the beginning of the show, along with the other guests, where the hosts would introduce me and tease my interview later in the show. DOUBLE-WOW! I also got to sit in on two cooking segments, tasting food at the bar, and later on, they added me to the final two segments of the show, where I gave one more weight loss tip! HOLY CRAP, that’s a total of 7 segments!
When it got closer to showtime, they put on my microphone, and had me sit on the couch along with the other guests. Tavi took this photo a few minutes before we started rolling:
Kim and Anne-Marie, two other guests, are on the left, and I’m chatting with Duff Goldman, who had a big hit Food Network show called “Ace of Cakes” a few years ago that I used to watch all the time. He’s a very nice, very likeable guy, and I got a picture with him after:
First, a picture with Giada De Laurentiis, now a picture with Duff Goldman? I’m making my way through the Food Network roster! (Tyler Florence, you can be next, pretty please.)
Another guest on the show was Kym Douglas, who I met (briefly) years ago when I was working on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she’s a frequent guest that gives Ellen health and beauty tips and usually ends up smearing guacamole or Pepto-Bismol all over her face in the process. Kym is a quick and funny lady with a one-of-a-kind-energy, and it was quite fun to reconnect with her. We got a photo together, and she ran it through an app on her phone that made us look even better!
Once the show started taping, things moved really quickly. The first segment, which had all the introductions, was over in the blink of an eye. Then, everyone repositioned themselves to the kitchen for Duff’s segment, where he demonstrated how to make chocolate lava cakes. They wanted me to sit in for this segment, and I was happy to oblige. This photo is from the commercial break:
Three people, including Cristina herself, expressed concern that I would be present in a segment about cake, but I told them that I can enjoy a taste of anything. It was sweet that they were concerned about knocking me off the wagon, but I wasn’t about to turn down the chance to try a recipe from an internationally-renowned cake baker! For the record, I had 2 bites of cake, and a few of the oranges and walnuts that were used as garnish.
My interview was conducted on the back patio of the house, and they moved me there a segment early to make sure I was ready and comfortable. Tavi caught me deep in thought, trying to remember all the things I wanted to say:
Even though this wasn’t my first talk show, I was still nervous, but those nerves went away as soon as the camera started rolling. The tone of this show is very conversational, and I’m certainly comfortable talking about my own experiences, so the seconds flew by. It’s a little bit odd having a conversation with four cameras pointed at you, but I think I did a pretty good job.
Here’s everyone reacting to a “before” photo that they put up on a monitor:
And before I knew it, both segments were over! Mark and Cristina posed for that photo at the top of this post, and both thanked me for being so open and honest. Mark seemed particularly intrigued by my journey, and said that he would’ve loved to have had a couple more segments to chat with me about it, and that’s a pretty awesome compliment.
It was close to 3:30 by the time I left, and it was an incredibly fun day. Plus, on the way out, Tavi and I drove by Jaws Lake, which is right around the corner from the “Home & Family” house, and we saw the killer beast attack a tram full of tourists taking the theme park studio tour:
I’m nervous and excited to see myself on TV. I haven’t seen the end result yet, but my TiVo is set! At the end of the day, I’m honored and humbled that my story is one that others want to share on TV. I hope you all have a chance to watch “Home & Family.” Let me know what you think!
Keep it up, David!