OK, after seeing Kate Gosselin serve as a guest host on episodes of "The View" this week, is there anyone out there who really believes she is ready to host or co-host her own show -- as Kate apparently believes she is.
Forget the pairing of her and Kathy Griffin on Friday's show. Griffin had mocked Kate on Jimmy Kimmel's show, and the producers of "The View" put them together Friday to see what would happen. The answer: not much. Kate did not confront Griffin on the parody.
But five minutes into Tuesday's excellent edition of "The View," I knew Kate was not going to be successful as a talk show host. Because of all the magazine covers and online chatter, I admit that I had even started to think of Kate Gosselin as some kind of star -- or at least star-size persona. But seeing her sitting next to women of serious accomplishments like Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters Tuesday, was to see her shrink almost from sight.
Simply put, Kate had nothing to offer. Compared to them, she was intellectually and verbally slow -- instead of projecting through the screen and into your home, she seemed to recede into herself. It was a terrible choice by Kate and her handlers to put her side by side with such talents -- the interface was deadly.
Despite the pairing with Griffin, I think the producers of "The View" tried to be kind to Kate. Did you notice that when they used her to go to a break, instead of having her "tease" to the next segment after the upcoming commercial break, they simply had her hold the microphone while an audience member voiced the "when-we-come-back" lines. If an amateur flubbed the words, so what? If Kate flubbed it, the result would be embarrassing. They spared her such a moment.
Kate has another problem that would be fatal to a career in daytime TV: Her basic on-camera persona is not a friendly one. Joy Behar's isn't either, you might say. But Behar is one of four or five co-hosts, and her job is to be fast, funny and sometimes snarky. If you are playing the "mom" co-host that Kate says she wants to be, you better exude warmth. And I don't know anyone who thinks of Kate and warmth in the same breath.
So, if the online reports about Kate being in negotiations with Telepictures to co-host a daytime show are true, I bet the executives at the production company are having second and third thoughts now. "Jon & Kate" is surely coming to en end, but I don't think Kate Gosselin's next life is going to be as a TV host.
What do you think?
There was an an animated discusson when the ladies of "The View" asked Kate about an In Touch magazine story about another woman who said she had sex with Kate's ex-husband, Jon. Turns out it was the same babysitter who Kate got so upset about being at the house that police had to be called. But that was mainly