What do you call someone who spends their day reading every bit of pop culture news, watching every Bravo show, and hanging on the words of every tweeting Housewife? A gal with a pretty awesome job.
Welcome to the world of a Watch What Happens Live researcher. As one of two Research Associate Producers on WWHL, my job is to find out everything and anything about our guests -- their careers, hobbies, habits, childhood, embarrassing moments, hidden talents, not so hidden break-ups, awkward photos, and fanatic tributes. If it's on the internet, I'll find it.
The result of spending so much time on the guests is how highly invested I get in each guest’s experience and reaction to all the crazy we throw at them during the show. For example, my thoughts, pre-show, Sunday night: "What if Mike Tyson doesn't have pigeons anymore? We're giving him a Mazel onesie for his pigeon, what if he hates them? What if despite all sources confirming otherwise, he only has a passing interest in the The Real Housewives of New Jersey?"
Of course, my neurosis was completely uncalled for because did the man EVER know RHONJ. Not only was Mike Tyson game for everything (including some pigeon clothes), he also had one of the most insightful Housewives observations I’d ever heard: "Joe and Teresa, even though they’re doing so bad, they look so good doing so bad. You can’t be bankrupt and live in a mansion, nowhere else in the world, only in this country.
God Bless America. And Mike Tyson.
I cannot stand the Jersey Housewives ANYMORE, and have stopped watching it all together, because now along with ALL the commercials, the whole show has become a one hour commercial with each character promoting their products, I am sick of it! I love Theresa, and feel the other wives are trying to run her off because they are jealous of her career, so now viewers are being punished by either having to watch them talk about bull.... scenarios that were not shown or captured on video, or its about each business getting launched, who in the world wants to watch a one hour commercial? I will boycott anything and everything that the wives put out there, cause they infuriated me so much with their boring promotions, and what they are willing to do to others to advance themselves. Just down right disappointed, this used to be my favorite show, but this season I found myself fast forwarding whenever Carolyn, Jacqueline, Melissa and Joe, or Cathy had the camera to themself, now I stopped watching the whole thing