Tamron Hall: I Had Four Days Of Pure Anxiety Prepping For Oprah Interview


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY NEXT
GUEST TONIGHT IS A JOURNALIST AND FORMER CO-HOST
OF THE “TODAY SHOW.” SHE NOW HOSTS HER OWN TALK SHOW. PLEASE WELCOME TAMRON HALL! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>HI!>>Stephen: HELLO. HELLO.>>Stephen: NICE TO MEET YOU. I DON’T THINK WE’VE MET BEFORE. I THINK I’VE JUST WATCHED YOU ON
TV SO MUCH.>>WE’VE NOT MET. WE HAVE BEEN IN A COUPLE OF THE
SAME ROOMS AND I WOULD ALWAYS, LIKE, LURK AROUND, TERRIFIED TO
SAY HELLO, AND NOW I’M HERE.>>Stephen: I DON’T BITE. I KNOW, HI! I FEEL CREEPY NOW, RIGHT?>>Stephen: WELL, YOU’VE DONE
SOMETHING VERY AMBITIOUS. YOU NOT ONLY HAVE A NEW TALK
SHOW –>>YEAH.>>Stephen: — YOU HAVE A NEW
HUSBAND –>>YEAH.>>Stephen: — A NEW BABY. YEAH.>>Stephen: SO NEW JOB, NEW
MARRIAGE, NEW CHILD. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THREE
BIGGEST STRESSORS.>>WHY AM I NOT IN BED?>>Stephen: YOU DECIDED TO
CLUMP IT TOGETHER ALL AT ONCE. HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE STRESS?>>EVERYTHING IS SO MASSIVE,
THAT I DON’T KNOW WHICH MAKES ME EXHAUSTED. SO I LOOK AT THE BABY AND I
CAN’T SAY YOU SUCK THE LIFE FROM ME, CHILD! BECAUSE I GO TO WORK AT 5:00 IN
THE MORNING AND THERE’S A TALK SHOW WITH MY NAME ON IT AND I
GO, IS THAT WHY I’M SO STRESS? THEN I LOOK AT MY NEW HUSBAND
AND I SAID, WHO ARE YOU, DUDE?>>Stephen: HE’S BUILT TO TAKE
IT. YOU HAVE TO DO THE SHOW BECAUSE
YOU’RE COMMITTED, THE BABY WON’T UNDERSTAND THE GUILT UNTIL ITS
OLDER.>>WHAT AGE?>>Stephen: FOUR. O I HAVE FOUR YEARS OF NO
GUILT.>>Stephen: PLENTY OF GUILT
BUT YOU CAN’T GIVE IT TO THE BABY TILL HE OR SHE CAN
UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON.>>IT’S A HE. HIS NAME IS MOSES.>>Stephen: WOW. I SET THE STANDARD HIGH FOR
HIM.>>Stephen: OR HE SHOULD STAY
AWAY FROM BASKETS NEAR REEDS. ( LAUGHTER )
THERE YOU GO! OUT YOU GO! GOOD LUCK WITH THE PHARAOH,
BUDDY! ( LAUGHTER )
MONDAY WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU INTERVIEWED OPRAH WINFREY. THAT CAN BE INTIMIDATED.>>YOU WANT TO APPEAR SMART. I KEPT LOOKING AT NOTES ALL DAY. WITH OPRAH, YOU THINK, OKAY, I’M
IN THE PRESENCE OF A PROPHET. MY SON’S NAME IS MOSES. SO I’VE GOT SOME THINGS ON MY
SIDE. BUT I MET HER WHEN I WAS 26
YEARS OLD IN CHICAGO, I WAS A LOCAL NEWS REPORTER, AND SHE
WAS, BY THEN, OPRAH. AND SHE INVITED ME TO THIS PARTY
THE LAUNCH OF HER OWN MAGAZINE. SO THAT WAS MY CLOSEST REAL
INTERACTION. THEN I GUESS IT WAS SATURDAY I
GOT AN INVITATION TO INTERVIEW HER AND I HAD FOUR DAYS OF PURE
ANXIETY, LIKE NERVOUSNESS, DRY MOUTH, YOU MAIM NAME IT, I HAD
IT.>>Stephen: IS THIS THE PARTY? THIS PICTURE, LIKE I SAID, I
WAS 26, 27 YEARS OLD. I GET THIS INVITATION. WE ARE INVITING YOU TO THE
LAUNCH OF THE OPRAH WINFREY MAGAZINE. I’M FROM A SMALL DOWN, LULING,
TEXAS. MY FATHER IS A FARMER. I THOUGHT, THEY DON’T MEAN ME. I THOUGHT, I DON’T CARE IF THIS
WAS SENT BY MISTAKE, I’M STILL GOING. WE HAD THE CRANK KODAK CAMERAS
BACK THEN. I’M 49, SO THIS IS IN MY
GENERATION, AS THEY SAY. I’M WITH MY GIRLFRIEND AND I
SAID WE’RE GOING TO GO AND WE HAVE ONE CHANCE TO GET A PICTURE
WITH OPRAH. I NEED YOU TO BE PREPARED AND
STAND READY. BECAUSE IF YOU GET THIS WRONG,
IT WILL BE BAD FOR YOU. SO WE CRANK IT AND WE GET ONE
CHANCE. YOU’VE GOT TO CRANK IT, YOU’RE
LOCKED AND LOADED. I’M 26. I DIDN’T HAVE ANY MONEY AND I
GOT SEDUCED BY OPRAH’S FOOD SPREAD. WHEN I CAME IN, THERE WERE
SHRIMP BIG AS BOTH OF US, OF COURSE! AND SALAD BAR AND MEAT AND FREE
DRINKS AND IT’S OPRAH’S PARTY AND SHE’S NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. I SAID LET’S LOAD UP ON FOOD AND
WHEN OPRAH COMES OUT, WE’LL MEET AND GREET HER. I HAD A BIG PLATE, MY FRIEND HAD
A BIG PLATE. THE CAMERA WAS UNDER HER ARM,,
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I’M HOLDING, AND A TRUE STORY, TAP, TAP, HI,
TAMRON. IT’S OPRAH. I JUST HAD TAKEN A BITE OF
SHRIMP. I DROP THE PLATE. THIS IS THE PHOTO. I’M, LIKE, GO! ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: NOW, LET ME ASK
YOU SOMETHING, YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING IN TV SINCE THE 1990s,
SOMETIME IN THERE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: HOW DID YOU THE
FIRST GET ON CAMERA? WHAT WAS YOUR BREAK?>>MY FIRST BIG BREAK CAME — I
WENT TO TEMPLE UNIVERSITY — OH, SHOUT OUT, PHILADELPHIA. ( APPLAUSE )
I MET BURT WATSON, WHO HAPPENED TO BE THE MANAGER FOR JOE
FRAZIER, THE LEGENDARY –>>Stephen: SMOKIN’ JOE. RANDOM OCCURRENCE. I SAID, LISTEN, THEY TELL YOU,
DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR SHOT WHEN THE DOOR OPENS, KICK IT IN. I THOUGHT, HERE’S MY SHOT. I WANT TO BE A JOURNALIST. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO KNOW
PEOPLE BECAUSE THAT’S HOW PEOPLE IN PHILLY TALK, AND THEY HELPED
ME GET MY FIRST JOB AS A CAMERA OPERATOR. THEY SAID YOU WILL RUSSIAN OPERA
CAMERA OUTSIDE AND COVER SPORTS. I’M FROM TEXAS. IT’S 3,000 BELOW ZERO IN
PHILADELPHIA. I NEVER FELT COLD LIKE. THIS MY HANDS WOULD BE COLD AND
THEY WOULD BE LIKE CAMERA TWO! AND THEY SAID YOU’RE JOE
FRAZIER’S FRIEND. AND I SAID, WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU
GOT? I SAID, YOU CAN’T FIRE ME, WHAT
ELSE DO YOU HAVE? AND THEY SAID WE’LL PUT YOU ON
THE SIDE LINES AND YOU WILL REPORT. AND I COVERED LA CROSSE, FIELD
HOCKEY, SOCCER. NONE OF THE SPORTS EXIST IN
TEXAS BUT I LEARNED THEM IN PHILADELPHIA AND I BECAME A
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT AND THAT WAS MY START. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW SHOW.>>THANK YOU!>>Stephen: CHECK YOUR LOCAL
LISTINGS TO SEE WHEN TAMRON HALL AIRS IN YOUR CITY. TAMRON HALL, EVERYBODY! BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY TIANA
MAJOR9 AND EARTHGANG. STICK AROUND!

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