Watch My “Home & Family” Interview Online!

January 2, 2014

WELCOME! Are you new here? Check out this post for a little introduction and lots of behind-the-scenes pics from “Home & Family”!

I’ve heard from a bunch of you that you weren’t able to watch “Home & Family,” but now you can watch it right here!

Hallmark Home & Family

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Behind-The-Scenes Photos From “Home & Family”

December 31, 2013

Are you visiting for the first time? Welcome! If I were a betting man, I’d say you saw me on “Home & Family” and it means a lot that you’re checking out my website. There’s lots of good stuff in the Header at the top of the page – things like my Photo Gallery, my Recipes page, and a collection of My Favorite Posts. And if you like what you’re seeing and reading, consider subscribing! You can get new posts via email by signing up at the top of the right-side column. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter, so do that, too!

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.


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Coming Soon to “Home & Family”… Yours Truly!

December 20, 2013

I’m ending the year in a big exciting way… I’m gonna be on a talk show!

The show is called “Home & Family” and it airs on the Hallmark Channel. It’s a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, with segments about food, crafts, health, fashion, do-it-yourself projects, and stuff like that. I’ll be interviewed by hosts Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare about my weight loss journey, and how Richard Simmons helped me lose the pounds.

Set your DVRs! It airs on Tuesday, December 31st at 10am (9 central) on Hallmark Channel!  It will be available online, too – you can watch full episodes on the show’s website for a week or two after it airs on TV. For more information about the show, visit the show’s website.

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Watch Me on “The Doctors” ONLINE!

January 28, 2013

Ohhhh boy, am I annoyed right now! My local Los Angeles CBS affiliate is at the top of my shitlist, and here’s why: They pre-empted my episode of ‘The Doctors” so they could air live coverage of some dumb golf tournament! What nerve. It wasn’t even a major golf tournament – it was the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. I waited over a month for my episode of “The Doctors” to air, and it gets yanked at the last minute for GOLF?!? Unacceptable.

I know “The Doctors” aired in most other parts of the country, though, and that’s a good thing, and all day today I got notes and messages from friends and readers that tuned in.

And the other good thing is that my segment is online! The entire hour isn’t online, but my quick little moment in front of the cameras is, and you can watch it right here.

For behind-the-scenes scoop, check out yesterday’s post.

The video is about 4 minutes long, but I’m only in the first part of it. It looks good, if I do say so myself. I look good too!

Keep it up, David!

Backstage at “The Doctors”

January 28, 2013

It’s Sunday night as I write this, the day before my episode of “The Doctors” airs. (If you haven’t made plans to watch yet, what are you waiting for? Find out when it airs in your area here and watch the promo – featuring me towards the end! – right here.) I’m excited to see the finished episode. It’s been over a month since we taped it and probably close to two months since I was first booked! Wanna see a few behind-the-scenes photos?

Oh! And stay tuned, because at the end of this post, I have YET ANOTHER awesome television announcement!

“The Doctors” is filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, so when I got there, I got to drive through the famous gates on Melrose Avenue:


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Your First Time Here?

November 20, 2012

I have a hunch I may have a few new readers today. Does that include YOU? If so, please enjoy this photographic welcome:

Chances are you’re here because you saw me on “The Jeff Probst Show,” and I’m so glad you watched and even more glad that you stopped by. (If you haven’t seen me on “The Jeff Probst Show” yet, click here to watch online.) Here’s a little run-down of what to find on this site. Let’s call it Keep It Up, David 101:

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Mark Your Calendars…I’m Going on a Talk Show!

November 15, 2012

EXCITING NEWS! Next Tuesday, November 20, I’ll be a guest on “The Jeff Probst Show”! 

You should drop everything and set your TiVo right now. I’ll wait. All set? Fantastic! Here’s what you need to know:

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I’m Gonna Be On TV!

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to all! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. My past few days have been splendid – hanging out with family, crossing the final few items off my shopping to-do list, and eating well and exercising. The fun won’t stop after this weekend, either – on the 26th, I’m heading to Puerto Rico, where I’m meeting up with my aunt, uncle, and cousins and getting on a cruise ship! We’ll spend a week cruising the Caribbean, and I’m extraordinarily excited! I’ve given a lot of thought into how I’ll keep healthy in a food-crazy cruise ship environment, and have a plan of attack, but that’s a blog for another day. In fact, I’ll have a whole week to blog about cruising!

Right now, I want to share a big, exciting Christmas announcement:

I’m going be on television again! It won’t be a long appearance, but it’s an appearance nonetheless. Here’s what happened: A few weeks ago, I showed up to take one of Richard Simmon’s classes at Slimmons, and the lobby was full of camera equipment. It was a crew from the daytime talk show The Doctors!

The Doctors is a show all about health, wellness, and medicine, with a panel of four hosts, all of whom are physicians. They’re doing a show in January about getting healthy in the new year, and Richard’s participating. So Richard gathered everyone, and before he started the class, he taped a little message that will air during the show, and in it, he asks me a question (which I answer) and shares how much weight I’ve lost.

That’s it. If I don’t end up on the cutting room floor, I’ll be featured for a matter of seconds, max. A staffer from the show called me the next week and asked me to send in a “before” picture, so I’m hopeful I’ll make it on the air.

After Richard taped that message, one of the hosts of the show, Dr. Jim Sears, stayed and took the class with us, so the crew stuck around and taped most of the class. Dr. Sears ended up exercising right next to me, so I might end up in the background of some of that footage, should they chose to use it. Dr. Sears told me afterward that he had a blast, and that looked to be true.

Mark your calendars! This episode of The Doctors is tentatively scheduled to air on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 (and I’ll monitor the situation and alert you if the airdate changes). It airs at a different time in different cities, so you can go to this website to find out when it airs in your town!

Keep it up, David!

Big News! Plus, Me on The Jenny Jones Show?!?

July 8, 2011

Hey – didya see me on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”?  I was a guest on the show way back in January, discussing my weight loss with Ellen and Richard Simmons.  If you missed it, you had a second opportunity in March, when they aired a rerun of the episode.  Didya miss that too?

You’re in luck!  I’ve learned that my episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is airing for the third time next Wednesday, July 13th, 2011!  Here’s the episode preview from the Ellen website:

Did you read the third paragraph?  See where it says “one of Ellen’s former staff members”?  THAT’S ME!

If you don’t know the time or channel the show airs in your town, go here and plug your zip code into the field in the upper left corner.

Of course, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you don’t have to wait until next Wednesday if you haven’t seen it yet.  You can just click on Watch Me On Ellen at the top of this page, and you’ll find links to watch on YouTube or Ellen’s website.  But if you can’t watch videos on your computer for some reason, or want your not-very-computer-savvy mom/grandparent/sister/friend/uncle to watch, than Wednesday’s your day.

So… shout it from the rooftops, post it on your Facebook wall, send out a tweet, talk about it at the fancy cocktail party you’re going to this weekend:  I’m gonna be on TV next Wednesday, and you and everyone you know should most definitely watch.  Even if you’ve seen it already.

SPEAKING OF ME ON TV…  My appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wasn’t my first time on national television.  I made my national television debut way back in 1999, when I was in the audience at “The Jenny Jones Show” and I stood up and made a sassy comment.  And since this post is all about me on TV, I thought I’d share, for the first time on this blog, footage of that show.  You are in for a treat.

Before I get to the clip, here’s a little background.  I was 20 years old and in college when all this went down, and I was a huge Jenny Jones fan.  At the time, the show was so popular that the NBC station in Detroit aired new episodes in the mornings and reruns at 12:30 at night, after Leno (Conan was pushed to 1:30am, airing after Jenny).  That meant that I fell asleep nearly every night watching Jenny preside over all kinds of crazy stuff:  geek-to-chic makeovers, out-of-control teens, girls that were too young (or too old) to be wearing slutty clothing, and so on.  I loved that Jenny took so many questions and comments from the audience, so I planned an entire spring break around going to Chicago to attend a taping, with the goal of standing up, making a comment, and getting myself on TV.

I succeeded.  They must have liked my comment a lot, because not only am I on the show, but they also put me prominently in the commercial for that episode!

You can watch for yourself.  You only need to watch the first 30 seconds (to see the commercial), but if you want to see my comment in context, then skip ahead:  I start talking at the 7:59 mark.  Here it is!

It’s been about 7 or 8 years since I’ve seen that clip (since, until very recently, I only had it on VHS – and thanks to my buddy Austin for helping convert it to DVD), but I will never stop enjoying it.  That shirt was my favorite shirt, and I’m sure I spent 30 minutes (and used 5 different products) on my hair that morning.  What I don’t know is what I weighed at that time:  my college years fell into the vast period in my life where I didn’t own a scale at all.  I’m not quite as heavy there as I was when I started this weight loss journey, but I’m certainly a lot less heavy now!  And for that, I say…

Keep it up, David!

P.S.  Still can’t get enough of me on television?  Click here to see me competing on a game show!

The ELLEN Experience – Part 2

January 12, 2011

So this is what it feels like to be positively, completely, ridiculously overwhelmed.  I’ve been overwhelmed by stressful circumstances many times, but I can’t remember the last time, if ever, I was overtaken by so much support, encouragement, and love, coming from so many people ranging from my family and oldest friends to absolute strangers who I’ll probably never ever meet.   It’s simply batshit crazy.  The number of messages that are coming my way, through Facebook, email, phone, text, blog comments, smoke signals, and carrier pigeon is astronomical, and it’s not stopping.  Add in the comments on the posts about me on Ellen’s website and Facebook page, and it might be officially too much for one guy to handle.

What I want to most say about all this is Thank You.  While they may only be two little words, know that there’s a big, full heart behind them.

Moving on.

I promised in my last post a behind-the-scenes look at my afternoon at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and I don’t like to disappoint.  If you want to catch up on Part I of The ELLEN Experience before diving into this post, then, please, click here.  And if you want to watch me on the show, then click on the Watch Me On Ellen button at the top of this blog.

All caught up?  Ready to go?  Sweet!

I arrived at Warner Bros. Studios a little before 3pm, about an hour before the show started taping.  The show had offered to send a car to pick me up, but I turned them down and drove myself, for two reasons: 1) I knew exactly where I was going (I had worked at the show for seven years) and 2) I knew I’d be getting a better parking spot today than I ever had when I was worked there!  And I did.

Guests of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” enter through their own special door.  It’s called the Artist Entry.  Guess that means I’m an artist now!

I forgot to take this pic on my way in, so I took it on my way out, when it was dark.

It was fun to see my name outside the dressing room:

I’ve been in that dressing room many many times before, but it’s never been my dressing room.  Last year when I was producing segments for the show, it was the same room where I met and prepared guests like Channing Tatum, Zachary Levi, and Judy Shepard for their interviews.  It’s actually the same room that is sometimes rigged with hidden cameras, so Ellen can scare her guests, like she did to Richard Simmons a year ago this month, on the very day I met him for the first time (watch that moment here – very funny!)

I hadn’t been there long before lots of friends who still work at the show started stopping by.  There were lots of hugs and kisses, and I got tons of compliments – I haven’t seen a lot of them since last May.  I was asked about 14 times (at least) to stay in my dressing room – they wanted Ellen to see me for the first time onstage (since she hadn’t seen me since last May), and if I was roaming the halls backstage, I could have potentially run into her.

I did step down the hall to go to the hair and make-up room.  Elizabeth and Jeannette made me look super-sharp, and Jeannette even helped cover up a new mystery bruise on my arm.  She did a great job – take a look at the ‘Before’ and ‘After':

In addition to hair and make-up, there was also the issue of wardrobe.  You may remember that I invited blog readers to vote for which outfit I should wear, and, collectively, you said I should wear the brown shirt with dark jeans.  Observant viewers probably noticed that I did indeed wear the brown shirt, but on the day of the taping, the decision making process became much harder.  That’s because that morning, I got a text from Kara (the segment producer and my friend) saying that the Ellen wardrobe department was so excited that I was coming back and asking if  it would be cool if they pulled some clothes for me to wear?  Hell yeah, that’d be cool!  I sent along my sizes, and sure enough, 10 minutes after I arrived, my friends from the wardrobe department, Kellen and Jen, rolled in a rack full of options:

The four shirts on the left are mine, but the rest came from rental houses and the mall.  There was some fancy stuff in there, too (Armani and Prada, for example), but after trying some of the pieces on, I showed Kellen and Jen my brown shirt, and between the four of us (Kara was in there too), we decided that the brown shirt was the way to go.  Thank you, voters, for steering me down the right path!

The jeans I wore on the show, however, were not any of the options from the poll.  Kellen and Jen picked them up earlier in the day at the mall, and they’re fantastic.  I love them.  They’re Buffalo David Bitton (a label I had never heard of before), and the cut is Super Slim.  I’ll say that again: Super Slim.  Super Slim! It’s the sort of pants that I never, ever used to ever think I could ever fit into.  But I do, and they’re awesome.

The shoes I wore (brown boots) were also picked up by Kellen and Jen.  I was planning on wearing a new pair of Converse Chuck Taylor Lo-Top Navy sneakers, but those boots really looked great!

The whole time I was sequestered in my dressing room, I was pretty nervous.  I was really nervous I might trip and fall coming down the three steps when I made my entrance.  I am not a graceful faller – I lack the instinct to brace myself for impact by turning or putting an arm out, and instead tend to land flat on my face (I did this about a year and a half ago, after tripping on a crack in a sidewalk, and nearly bit clear through my lip with my own tooth).  My fear was not helped when Ed, one of the Executive Producers, told me that in the past month, about 4 guests had stumbled on those steps, and one of them was Phil Donahue.  Great.

My nerves went away about 5 minutes before my segment.  Richard had just made his entrance (he was interviewed, by himself, in the segment before mine), and I gave myself a little internal pep talk:  “There’s nothing else that can be done.  You’re prepared.  You already know both Richard and Ellen.  And this is your story.  Nobody can tell it better than you.”  The pep talk worked – no more nerves!  I popped an Altoid in my mouth (Tracy, my friend from the prop department, was thoughtful and brought me a Sugar-Free one) and moved into place for my entrance.

I’ve familiar with every nook and cranny of the Ellen stage, but it was still odd, during the commercial break before my segment, to be standing in a corner just out of sight of the audience, knowing that in just a few minutes, 5 cameras and the attention of more than 300 people would be pointed at me.  DJ Tony plays the music loud, but it felt like my heart was beating louder.  Wanna know the last thing that was said to me before my segment began?  Andy, another Executive Producer, stopped by and told me, “I’ll give you five bucks if you trip.  Ten bucks if you land in one of the potted plants.”  That made me laugh.

There’s a tiny monitor back where I was waiting, so I could see Ellen and Richard as Ellen introduced me.  When it was time, I took two steps, turned the corner so I was onstage, and immediately focused on those three steps.  Two seconds later I was at the bottom of them, and still on my feet – success!  It was then that I looked up, and saw 300 people cheering wildly, giving me a standing ovation.  The applause was deafening, but for a split second, I swear it all went silent.  I could see people in the crowd pumping their fists, my show friends on the floor cheering me on, Ellen standing by her chair, mouth agape.  It was a lot to process, but after I did, the silence in my head cleared away, and was replaced by the joyful noise of the moment.  Did you hear the very first I said, before I even sat down?  It was “Sorry!”  That’s right, I stepped on Ellen’s foot.

Here we are during my segment:

The interview itself was mostly a blur.  By the time I got home last night, I couldn’t remember what we talked about and what we didn’t, or who said what and when.  It seemed like only seconds had passed until Ellen was saying good-bye and ending the show.  That was that – it was all over.  I walked backstage and was soon surrounded by friends congratulating and hugging me.  Ellen’s mom, Betty, had some really sweet things to say to me.  All in all, it was an amazing day.

I thought I’d try to answer a few more questions that have been sent to me today through one form of communication or another:

1) Nope, I didn’t meet Paula Abdul.  I actually didn’t even see her.

2) Yep, I did get a pair of Ellen underwear, like all guests of the show get.  The gift bag also included a mug and a t-shirt:

3) Yep, those are the real gift cards.  I’ve lost gift cards before, so when I got home I put them in places where I was sure to remember them:

I’m kidding.  They aren’t the real gift cards, and I actually haven’t gotten the real ones yet.  I’ll get them soon – within the next week or so.  Don’t you worry, I’ll keep you all up-to-date on how I spend them!

The gift cards weren’t the only gift I got.  There wasn’t enough time for Ellen to give them to us on the air, but the show made matching Ellen tanks and shorts for Richard and I to wear to a class at Slimmons together!  We took a picture with the outfits in the hall backstage – that’s Kara, our segment producer, in the middle:

And that’s about it!  I want to end this post by thanking everyone at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for welcoming me back for the afternoon with open, loving arms, and for giving me an opportunity to share my story with the country!  This is truly a day I’ll never forget.

Keep it up, David!


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