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Throwback Thursday-The Graham Norton Show (2007-Present)

Talk shows are a dime a dozen on television. For such a program to last, it has to stand out from the pack.

The Graham Norton Show premiered in 2007 in the UK. Hosted by Graham Norton, this talk show has all of the hallmarks of the genre with the celebrity guests and performances.

I love this show. Graham is brilliant, hysterical, and a little on the naughty side. Instead of coming off as your talk show, it like a party that everyone wants to be at. I can’t think of a better reason to watch.

I absolutely recommend it.

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Thoughts On the Ellen Show Controversy, Mental Illness, and Toxic Workplaces

Anyone who has been in the working world for enough time would easily be able to list the issues they have with their current job or had with previous jobs. But there is difference between the average complaint and a toxic workplace.

Actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has hosted her own talk show for the last 17 years. A mainstay of daytime TV, Ellen comes off as the best friend the audience wish they could have. But recently, the reputation of the show and it’s namesake has been tarred by complaints of mistreatment of behind the scenes staff.

As of Friday, three of the program’s producers were fired and Ellen has since apologized.

Working in a toxic environment is akin to psychological torture. Logically, you know that you need the paycheck and the benefits that come with the job. But, at a certain point, it becomes a question of whether or not it is worth your mental health to continue at a job in which you are seen as worthless and incapable.

Over the past few years, the subject of mental health has become a topic that has come to the forefront. I’ve spoken many times on this blog about the importance of being mentally healthy and physically healthy. Part of that is feeling respected and appreciated at work.

Unfortunately, this will not be the first company, nor will this be the last company to create a less than ideal working environment for their staff. I just hope that this is a lesson on how not to treat your staff.

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Flashback Friday-Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (2009-Present)

When it comes to talk shows, it’s popularity is based on the host as much as it is based on the guests or the format.

Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen has been on the Bravo schedule since 2009. Hosted by Andy Cohen, this late night talk show welcomes celebrities and pop culture luminaries. The topics usually center on what is going on in the world of Hollywood and entertainment. Instead of the usual late night talk show format in which only the host can ask questions, questions come from fans via social media and the telephone.

Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen is a pleasure to watch. I don’t watch this program very often, but when I do, I find that I am smiling. Andy is very personable, the topics and guests are a little off beat and I love the interactive aspect of the show.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Talk Soup (1991-2002)

Satire is to my mind, one of the finest forms of comedy.

Talk Soup (1991-2002) perfected the art of satire. Airing on the E! network, the show had four hosts during it’s lifetime: Greg Kinnear (1991-1995), John Henson (1995-1999), Hal Sparks (1999-2000) and Aisha Tyler (2001-2002), the show satirized moments from the previous days talk shows.

As I recall, I did not get the humor initially because it was a little over my head. Then I understood the humor and I laughed. I laughed because of the ridiculousness of the clips and how self serious the shows made themselves out to be.

I recommend it.

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