Catching up with the Ladies of "The Talk"
There is something to be said for people who truly understand the power of social media. There are so many people I know who have no idea what a hashtag is, how to tweet and have even sworn off Facebook. But not me. I am completely and utterly hooked when I find myself engaging with celebrities, friends from all over the country and strangers from around the world.
Which leads me to my whirlwind trip last week to the set of "The Talk" on CBS. I have been fortunate enough to be working behind the scenes on the show helping to spread the word about the show, the fabulous hosts, and the laugh out loud moments that seem to spontaneously occur every day of the week. Last Wednesday's show did not disappoint -- I got the chance to welcome 16 bloggers to the show and together, we tweeted from the audience, laughed out loud with "Mike and Molly" star Billy Gardell and took home amazing prizes to help jump start our fitness routines.
Following the show, we were brought to the executive dining room at CBS where we first caught up with one another -- I have met several of the bloggers and really adore them -- they are so inspiring and accomplished in their own right and it's always so nice to connect in person. Check out the incredibly inspiring Liz Dwyer with me below (thanks Liz!). I also met some new bloggers who were still learning the ropes and it was so great to be able to get to know them too and hear about what they hoped to accomplish through blogging.
And then, the moment of truth arrived. We all took our seats and the ladies of "The Talk" walked into the dining room, grabbed their lunch and then spent the next hour and a half chatting about the show, their favorite guests, their family lives and so much more. I haven't laughed so hard in quite a while -- Sheryl Underwood is hilarious but can also bring you right back down to earth in an instant with her sharp wit and intellect. Sharon Osbourne is so lovely -- sure she sometimes can curse like a sailor, but you know what? I love that she is so real. Aisha Tyler is also so funny and appreciative of all the support she's received since joining the show. Sara Gilbert has totally blossomed as a co-host and Julie Chen, whom I've known since I first started booking CBS stars on "The Early Show," is and will always be as humble and down to earth as the first time I ever met her.
After the ladies talked about how much fun they were having this season -- just take a look at some of the recent comedy bits produced by "The Talk" and you will see why -- the hosts and producers also shared how appreciative they were over the support they've received via social media. Sheryl Underwood loves seeing her comments on the show re-tweeted and both the executive producers and hosts attribute the show's continued growth to the ongoing support of fans who get to interact in real time with the show.
Before we knew it, our time with the ladies was over, but not before Liz at Los Angelista snapped this pic of me with Sharon Osbourne. Love, love, love her!!!!
Check out all the amazing women who attended the luncheon and visit their blogs -- I'm sure you will be just as impressed as I was!
Carley Knobloch -- Digitwirl
Donna Schwartz Mills - Socal Mom
Liz Dwyer - Los Angelista
Yvonne Condes - MomsLA
Tara Gray and Brook Roberts - Gal Time
Morgan Shanahan - BlogHer
April Peveteux - Cafe Mom
Kimberly Clayton Blaine - The Go To Mom
Valerie Mitchell - Sweeps 4 Bloggers
Eva Glettner - Cool Mom Picks
Ana Flores - Spanglish Baby
Beth Blecherman - Tech Mama
Rosy Lopez - Daytripping Mom
Tisha Berg - Biz Mommy
Keuinta Dixon - Free and For Me