I was on morning TV for years. I know about double-sided tape to hold the blouse from showing the bra. I know about safety pins to pull the overly wide dress in to shape your shape. I know about the coffee spill you need to hide. I know about the leftover bagel hidden in the desk. I know about rising before dawn and setting out in rain, snow and darkness.
Jane Hanson, who did decades on NBC-TV’s “New York Live:” “Having gotten up at 3:20 a.m. for 18 years, going to work with a wet head and jeans, and getting a makeover every morning, I know about morning television. Nobody knows what it’s like to work those hours.
“And the shock to learn people actually stay up past 8:30 p.m.! The Reese/Jennifer show says it’s an inside look at those who bring you the first news of the day. No matter how close they get, they’ll never know the real truth!”
“GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos: “When this show’s production started, they visited our set and spent time with us.”
Stephanopoulos’ wife Ali Wentworth: “My only worry about this was to make sure the anchor’s wife is beautiful.”
“CBS Sunday Morning” guy Mo Rocca: “Glad that Apple TV+ thing has no cooking segments. I also don’t like 6 a.m. weather forecasts unless it’s going to be really stormy and dangerous.”
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who wrote a book about morning TV called “Amanda Wakes Up”: “Let’s just hope they got it right.”
And queen of the scene Gayle King: “Listen, no complaints. I’m just grateful for the whole thing.”
If you’re so social
Also news is Socialista. A secret club at Cipriani downtown. It’s hosting the New Yorkers, which is a cabaret group from Denmark — not New York. Even with our traffic congestion, Copenhagen’s still considered a long schlep from Times Square.
DiCaprio, Sting, Rihanna, Clooney, Emma Stone, Harrison Ford have climbed hidden stairs to this second floor Havana-inspired hideaway. Holding 100 people, only open Thursday, Friday, Saturday. But if you’re no Somebody, better stay in your kitchen. The producer of Puff Daddy’s White Party handles the velvet rope.
Enz’s comes to an end
I was sent this with the note: “A landmark passing.” Who knew this was a landmark? Who even knew it existed? But I print this in case someone wants to know. Punk rock fashion pioneer Mariann Marlowe closed her Enz’s boutique after 14 years in the East Village, and is going underground — and uptown — opening a pop-up shop at the Columbus Circle subway Turnstyle shopping complex.
Ohh, Beto O’Rourke chickened. Despite this crushing blow of Yo! No Go Bro Beto! we Americans must bear up. Stay strong. Soldier on … With wildfires burning California, Matthew McConaughey helped cook and deliver 800 dinners to first responders, firehouses, firefighters and LA homeless shelters … Tyler Perry’s new Viacom deal is to produce 90 streaming episodes annually … Broadway baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell does “Plays With Music” at Feinstein’s/54 Below Tuesday through Nov. 23. It’s also an album of show tunes on Amazon.
Today’s lifestyle is into two languages. This millennial, who considers anyone over bar mitzvah age an antique, wants a sit-down with this midlife executive. The exec: “So call my office.” The millennial: “How about I ping you?”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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