The other day I was catching up with an old friend from another network, who commented on Fox's success and, by extension, my own daily show's success.
"Neil," he said, "Who'd have ever thought you'd be in the in crowd?"
But it was his follow-up comment that stuck, "Now you have to act like it."
What did he mean? That I have a certain duty to act a certain way? Well, I didn't when no one knew me and I won't now that a few more people know me.
I get a lot of advice from people, well-intended pointers all. One inside pro says it's demeaning for someone of my stature to run derogatory e-mails. He went one step further, saying no e-mails, period.
Another suggested I start acting like a mover and shaker by going to mover and shaker hangouts -- like The Four Seasons, or 21 Club in New York for lunch.
My friend put it this way, "Stop thinking Yodels...start thinking Grey Poupon (search)."
Sorry guys, what you see is what you get.
True, they probably don't get much tackier than what you see. But that's me.
Trust me, fancy restaurants are nice. A great diner is nicer still. Elaborately cooked meals are amazing. But for me, a good meat loaf is even more amazing.
The Four Seasons is beautiful in any season. But for this Italian-Irish product of middle class suburbia, it's just not me. Those places scare me after a while. It's like I'm desperately trying to find a sandwich and feel out of place if I ask.
I'm sorry, but that's who I am.
Money and fame are nice things. Acting like you're better because of them is a bad things.
Because money goes, fame flees and then it's just me -- and my yodels and my head -- what I came in with and what I'm going to leave with. Besides, I'd take my family over my so-called fame any day.
My friends are right, I'm probably not a real anchor. I’m just a kid who lucked out. But I know this much, I'd much rather a plate of chicken wings with some friends who knew me when, than a power breakfast with so called movers and shakers who think there's any value in knowing me now.
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