Thanks largely to Whoopi Goldberg, "The View" is a fascinating show. But it is always less fascinating with Kate Gosselin as a guest host -- a role she again played Wednesday.
I have to say it, if Kate isn't hyping herself (often with an outrageous exaggeration or lie), she just sits there like a lump looking slightly sullen. I am not sure whether she is such an narcissist that she has no interest in anything that isn't all about her, of she just can't keep up verbally in a setting with several other interviewers.
Wednesday's show was really all about Dr. Drew Pinsky and recovering celebrity addicts. Kate was more or less an add-on. I think Pinsky is a TV hustler who trafficks in psycho-babble and exploiting his patients by packaging and selling their addictions as TV entertainment. There was a lot of that Wednesday. But, in fairness, the co-hosts did ask about Kelly Osbourne saying he exploited her.
The problem is the way such questions are often asked on "The View." Kate was asked about reports of her being a "diva" and snubbing the other performers on "Dancing with the Stars." But the questions were served up on a platter so that Kate could knock them down by at first saying she has barely been in contact with the other performers, so how could she have played diva and acted superior. Then later, she said how much she loved them and what an "honor" it was to be on the show with them.
With Kate such contradictions are like the air she breathes. And once Kate gets in that lying zone, she kicks into another gear that is just plain crazy. They did try to push her a little by saying that former contestants on "Dancing with the Stars" claimed it took five hours or more of practice a day to learn to dance at that level. So, she was asked, where are you finding five hours a day?
Instead of answering, Kate talked about "sending the cameras away" at the end of of a practice session in her home's basement (where ABC built a studio for her) and bringing the children down to watch her dance. She said it made the children so happy to see her and her partner dance. Right.
You know what? Let her have all these PR platforms. She is only five days away from having to stop talking and actually start dancing -- if she can.