I assume you all saw ‘Charlie Rose’ on Friday night. (Having met several FishbowlLA fans in the flesh, I’m fairly certain that nobody who reads this blog has a social life.) So I’m sure you were as surprised as I was to see that ‘Charlie Rose’ was not hosted by Charlie Rose, but instead by Michael Eisner– which is kind of a vervy way of ending his media silence over these past few weeks while he’s been busy stepping down from the Disney CEO-ship and board of directors.
Guests were John Travolta and Barry Diller. No references were made to Eisner’s de-Disneyfication, though Diller did sneak in a comment about disliking corporate boards who tried to reign in their CEOs too tightly. Highlights:
1) Eisner mentioned to Travolta that his son was on the JetBlue flight that emergency-landed a couple weeks ago. Wanting to know what his son experienced, Eisner took the same flight to NYC to host the show. (This seguewayed into a long discussion about the physics of airplane landing gear. Seriously.)
2) Travolta proclaimed that his partnership with Eisner (which stretches back to ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ when Eisner was a young ABC exec) was the most successful executive-artist relationship in the history of civilization. Seriously, he said that.
3) Barry Diller claimed that somewhere in West Covina, streets named Barry and Diller intersect. I can’t find it on MapQuest, though.
4) For two guys who have spent years not on speaking terms, Diller and Eisner were pretty chummy.
All in all, Eisner did a pretty good job as a talk show host. Way better than Donny Deutsch. Maybe he’ll guest-blog for me.