Johnny Weir and Charles Barkley: The new Hoda and Kathie Lee?
I know, I know. The “male View” concept has never really worked. But as I watched Johnny Weir on The Tonight Show Monday, sitting beside Charles Barkley, I kept thinking, “I’d watch that show.” It wouldn’t even have to be daily. It could just be one hour a week. They could talk about sports and pop culture, tease each other like it’s the fourth hour of Today and they’re Hoda and Kathie Lee. What do you think?
Before you answer, watch this clip from last night. I wish we’d gotten to see Barkley’s reaction when Weir explained his sheltered upbringing in Amish Country, which included not knowing who Whitney Houston was until he was about 12-years-old (the audience’s reaction is audible). “I didn’t know what was happening in the real world, and then all of a sudden, BAM! [Weir raises leg] this popped up!” Just fabulous.
Weir also addressed the Stars on Ice controversy. If it’s true that organizers believe he’s not “family-friendly,” both he and Jay Leno agreed that’s ludicrous. Weir helped put his brother through college, offers support to his parents (his father is disabled), and always speaks about how he was raised with appreciation and admiration. For now, Weir is traveling to Russia to do shows with Yevgeny Plushenko and looking for sponsors for his own production. He dreams of Elton John and Lady Gaga performing live, and “maybe five skaters in the show, maybe Mr. Charles,” he said. Barkley’s response: “I might sponsor ya, but black people don’t skate…. Shani Davis, that’s just one.”
They need to shoot a pilot. That’s all I’m saying.