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Peri Gilpin: Bob ‘Full House’ Saget is America’s Smutmeister

Could one man possibly be responsible for all of our nation’s salacious schtick?

Yes, say sitcom staples Peri Gilpin and Candace Cameron Bure – and that man is Bob Saget.

CAPTION: Peri: Wise to “funny”man’s ways.

Peri: Wise to “funny”man’s ways.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, Peri, who played Roz Doyle on Frasier, and Candace, who played D.J. Tanner on Full House, roast their pal Bob – who led the Full House cast as widowed dad Danny Tanner – big-time.

Discussing her TV alma mater with host Bob Andelman, Candace says:

“There’s definitely a place for shows like Full House, where, as parents, we can safely allow our children to watch, and not worry about whether they’ll be exposed to something that isn’t age- appropriate.”

That’s when Peri, who co-stars with Candace in the ABC Family series Make It or Break It, jumps in with this zinger:

“Wait a minute. What about Bob Saget?”

“Exactly. I grew up with that,” replies Candace. “I grew up wayyyy too fast.”

CAPTION: Candace (right): Corrupted by Bob (left)?

Candace (right): Corrupted by Bob (left)?

“Are you going to blame everything bad that’s happened to you on Saget?” asks our host.

“We’re blaming him for all the dirty jokes in our lives,” says Peri.

“All the dirty jokes in America,” adds Candace.

“I know Bob because I work out at the gym with him – and Candace was there, too, for a while,” says Peri, before whacking the final nail into the Sagat legacy:

“So I know Bob’s little ‘spicy act.’”

To hear Peri and Candace’s full interview, click here.

Make It or Break It premieres Monday, June 22.

Mary McCormack: Howard Stern Says My Boobs Are Great

CAPTION: "I feel so lucky that he's such a sweatheart," Mary (above) tells us of Howard.

"I feel so lucky that he's such a sweetheart," Mary (above) tells us of Howard.

It’s good to know that Howard Stern – who married longtime lady friend Beth Ostrosky in October – still loves his movie wife.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, Mary McCormack says the King of All Media to this day thinks of her as his queen.

Mary, 40, of course played Howard’s first wife, Alison, in his 1997 biopic, Private Parts.

When host Bob Andelman asks the actress, “You still in contact with Howard Stern?” she replies:

“I am. I was at his wedding this year.”

Later on, the married mother of two says she never thought that being cast as the mother of Howard’s kids would lead to a lifelong commitment to the shock jock.

“He’s been a great friend to me over the years. And I hope he always will be. I mean, who knew? You don’t expect it from Howard Stern,” says Mary, who plays U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon on In Plain Sight.

CAPTION: As Alison in "Private Parts."

As Alison, with Howard, in "Private Parts."

“He’s everything you don’t expect… He’s so lovely to me and always has been – and he says my boobs are great.

“So, you know, it could be worse.”

In Plain Sight airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

To hear Mary’s full interview, click here.

Natasha Richardson ‘Just Swooned’ Over Liam Neeson, Recalls the Late Actress’ Co-Star

"They were so in love," Elaine (above) tells us of Natasha and Liam..

"They were so in love," Elaine (above) tells us of Natasha and Liam.

Elaine Hendrix is a better person, to say nothing of actress, for having worked with Natasha Richardson.

In 1997, while shooting The Parent Trap, Elaine – who played the gold-digging publicist out to marry star Lindsay Lohan‘s divorced dad – recalls how enamored Natasha remained with hus- band Liam Neeson three years into the couple’s marriage.

“I can remember walking into the hair-and-makeup trailer and as I’m coming in, she’s hanging up the phone from talking with Liam. And she just swooned and said, ‘Oh, my Liam,'” Elaine tells Mr. Media host Bob Andelman.

“I just thought, What a beautiful thing that was to experience. It really has stuck with me.

CAPTIONS: Natasha with her beloved hubby in 2006.

Natasha with her beloved hubby in 2006.

“And then she wrote me a letter upon wrap and she called me her worthy adversary – her ‘formidable adversary’ were her exact words.

“And I just thought, that’s such a cool thing to have said from Natasha Richardson.”

In a tragedy that shook the entertain- ment world, Natasha died last month after sustaining a head injury while taking a skiing lesson in Quebec, Canada.

To hear Elaine’s fulll interview, in which she also discusses working with Lindsay Lohan on The Parent Trap, click here.

Joey Lawrence: I’m an Actor — Not a Celebrity!

Don’t try making a connection with Joey Lawrence in cyberspace.

Because the Blossom hottie wants nothing to do with social media.

“I’m a guy who keeps my private life very private. So I don’t do this ‘celebrity’ stuff… I’m old-school that way,” Joey, who stars opposite Melissa Joan Hart in the new ABC Family flick My Fake Fiancé, debuting Sunday, tells Mr. Media host Bob Andelman.

CAPTIONS: "You brought it on yourself," Joey (above) cautions fellow celebs who attract unwanted TMZ attention.

"You brought it on yourself," Joey (above) cautions fellow celebs who attract unwanted TMZ attention.

“The idols I grew up watching – Clint Eastwood, Clark Gable, Harrison Ford – these are guys that keep their private life private… And that’s what I’m about.

“I’m not a big fan of this Twitter and MySpace and all this stuff, where these celebrities constantly feel they need to be a celebrity – which is not what we are. If you’re an actor, you’re not really a celebrity.

“The line gets blurred between these reality stars and the actual movie stars – these young people who feel they need to compete with the reality stars and turn their private life into a film.

“And that’s when you get into a big problem, because everybody knows your every move… And then when TMZ is following you everywhere and you’re covering yourself up, stumbling out of a club, it’s like, Get away from me! Don’t bother me!”

To hear Joey’s full Mr. Media interview – in which he also discusses why he keeps his hair super-close-cropped these days and how he first met Melissa Joan Hart – click here.

Howard Stern: If Jay Leno Doesn’t Hire ‘Stuttering John’ Melendez Back, I’ll Rehire Him

Howard Stern did an about-face yesterday in his feud with former underling “Stuttering John” Melendez—or did he?

While interviewing him Monday on Mr. Media, host Bob Andelman asked John—who left Howard’s then-terrestrial radio show in 2003 to become Jay Leno‘s announcer on The Tonight Show—”Is Jay taking you with him to 10 p.m.?”


"I really enjoy working with Jay. He's been great to me thus far," John (l) tells us of his current boss (r).

(Bob—whose interview is cited in the New York Post‘s Page Six column today—was of course referring to Jay’s move to an earlier time slot on NBC this fall, with a show tentatively titled The Jay Leno Show, after handing off The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien in June.)

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John replied. “I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity—although assump- tions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”

The next morning, on Howard’s Sirius Satellite show, the King of All Media’s newswoman, Lisa G, reported:

“I have an update on ‘Stuttering’ John Melendez – appearing on [Bob Andelman’s] Internet radio show yesterday claiming that he has not heard yet if he will be following Jay Leno to his new 10 p.m. show. John says he assumes he’s going in some capacity, but he’s doing standup and building up his website just in case.”

Before we tell you Howard’s response to that update, we should note that, in February 2008, John appeared on Adam Carolla‘s since-axed syndicated radio show and ripped into his former boss, claiming Howard never paid him fairly and didn’t fight to keep him when he quit Howard’s show.

“He resented me doing any outside work,” John told Adam.

On his own show a few days later, Howard called John a “no-talent ingrate,” adding:

“I didn’t have a beef with him before, but I do now. He’s delusional… He can go #$%! himself.”


"I can't imagine the magic of that show without John," Howard (above) says of a Melendez-less Jay Leno program.

Now for the kicker.

Yesterday on Howard’s show, in response to Lisa’s update, he said:

“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”

But then Howard added, “[John]  can do that. It’s  a dollar for every question.”

Will Jay bring John to his new prime-time show? Will John— jonesing for a broadcasting gig after being dumped—return to Howard? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to check out John’s full Mr. Media interview, in which John also:

—Tells the story of his awkward run-in with Billy Crystal backstage at The Tonight Show years after infuriating the comedian at a movie premiere while covering the event for Howard’s show.

—Explains why, much to his dismay, his latest Internet video in which he sings to his baby son is rife with profanity.

To hear John’s interview, click here.

To read the New York Post‘s coverage of Bob’s interview and the Howard-Stuttering John feud, click here.

To check out John’s new online TV show, click here.

Mr. Media Is Hitting His Stride, Writes Maddux Business Report

Hardly a week goes by when BlogTalkRadio’s own Bob Andelman isn’t recognized for his terrific on-air work.

This week, the Mr. Media host has his name splashed in the pages of the Maddux Business Report, a (what else?) business magazine in his home state of Florida.

“Andelman’s interview subjects are a diverse bunch, from actors Billy Bob Thornton and Kirk Douglas to the editor of Smithsonian magazine,” writes the pub.

To hear those and other newsmaker interviews, click here.

And to read the full story, don’t click anywhere – just read on…



‘My Name is Earl’ Star Reminisces About Posse Days with Leo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Kevin Connelly

Who would have guessed?

Ethan Suplee, who plays Randy Hickey – the portly, dimwitted brother of title character Earl Hickey on the hit NBC series My Name Is Earl – is best buds with Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Entourage star Kevin Connelly!

“The formative years of our lives, we spent together,” the actor tells Bob Andelman, host of BlogTalkRadio’s Mr. Media. “From the time I was 17 until now, those have been some of my closest friends.”

Ethan (left) with Tobey – who’s among the ‘My Name Is Earl’ star’s web of A-list pals.

Ethan (left) with Tobey, who - along with Leo and Kevin - is among the 'Earl' star’s web of A-list pals.

Ethan also recalls that the so-called “p—- posse” used a condo in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles as party central.

“It was called ‘the office.’ That was where we all hung out. And it was called the office because [another pal’s] mother was a manager of actors. She was based in Philly and if she had clients that would come out for pilot season or something, her L.A. office was run out of this condo,” says Ethan.

“Our buddy lived there for a short period of time, Kevin Connelly lived there and I spent couple of months there. So that was our home away from home – or our home, for some time periods.

“Then, a little bit down the line, there was this nasty lawsuit with this guy but I don’t really want to get into that. So [Kevin, Tobey, Leo and I] don’t really see him much any more.  But we all are still close as can be.”

To hear Ethan’s interview, click here.

Mr. Media Marks Major Milestone

Bob Andleman aka Mr. Media

Bob Andelman, aka Mr. Media

BlogTalkRadio would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Mr. Media host Bob Andelman, who recently reported the 50,000th download of his BlogTalkRadio radio show. In fact, by the time this is posted, he’ll be well on his way to 60,000 downloads. In light of this milestone, we felt a host Q&A was in order. Thanks, Bob, for taking the time out to answer our questions.
BlogTalkRadio: To what do you attribute your show’s success?

Mr. Media: I think I bring two simple ingredients to every Mr. Media interview: curiosity and humor. The show attracts some pretty good guests and I’m interested, first, in what they have to say. I try to figure out what they find so interesting in what they do and go from there. But it’s also important that the show be entertaining, so I’m always interested in finding a laugh in every conversation, too.

As a long-time journalist, I think that training and experience helps, too. I’ve been in many jams doing interviews and there is always a way out!
BlogTalkRadio: How do you book your guests?

Mr. Media: For the first year, 2007, I had to beg, borrow or steal guests because the show’s visibility wasn’t high. I have made a lot of good friends in the business over the years, however, and I started by inviting them to talk about their latest books, TV shows or movies. Many have had good experiences on the  show and have recommended it to friends (and publicists!). Today, “Mr. Media” is listed in many directories that media publicists look to for placing interviews, so booking better guests is getting easier.

BlogTalkRadio: Who were your favorite guests?

Mr. Media: That’s a tough question! Among actors, Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin, who co-star with Larry David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” were delightful and funny. Michele Borth, who starred on HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me,” was sexy, sweet and charming. Billy Bob Thornton was disarmingly easy to talk to. And Robert Wuhl (”Arli$$”) was a personal thrill because “Hollywood Knights” is one of my favorite movies of all time. That said, interviewing authors, artists and editors is a special thrill because I think of myself as being in that arm of the business. Talking with Carey Winfrey, editor of Smithsonian magazine, for example, was challenging. And questioning Chip Rowe — the Playboy magazine advisor — was late night, R-rated fun.
: Do you have any tips for other BlogTalkRadio hosts regarding promotion and bringing in listeners?
Mr. Media: I tried an email newsletter and received nothing but grief for it, so don’t do that! The best results to date have been word-of-mouth, links on blogs and web sites, and social networks such as Facebook. Twitter is another great tool; I use TwitterFeed.com to capture my BlogTalkRadio.com RSS feed and immediately (and automatically) get word out about new shows.
BlogTalkRadio: What’s next for Mr. Media?
Mr. Media: I’m taking the show on the road for the first time, in late September. I’ll broadcasting live via BlogTalkRadio from Blog Orlando on September 27, then hopefully attend the Design Summit at the Ringling College of Art & Design, as well as the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, both in late October.
Congratulations, Bob, for 50,000, er, 60,000 downloads. What a testament to your show’s popularity!