Following the popularity of my Huffington Post blog with focused on tips and advice for relationships and divorce procedures, I thought it was time for a new idea. Over the last few years as Divorce Hotel has been extremely successful, putting me in touch with famous people, some who wanted to interview me and others who I met as Divorce Hotel expanded across continents. I realized that so many of these well-known people had been through their own, sometimes public, relationships and divorces and had wealth of knowledge to share. So I decided to start interviewing them, and my new column 5 questions for… was born.
The whole purpose of “5 questions for…” is to inspire in low-key and sometimes a funny way in short stories. So who would be my first victim to interview? I knew instantly, I contacted American actor and comedian Jay Thomas. Jay hosts a fun and engaging national talk show on SiriusXM called the Jay Thomas Show, where I have been a guest multiple times. I knew that he was funny and had plenty to say on the topic of relationships and divorce. Here is what he had to say.
Jim Halfens: You are a very well known actor and are a three time nominee and two time Emmy Award winner for playing Jerry Gold on the 1980s hit TV show Murphy Brown. With such an impressive list of roles, did your acting talent benefit you in your private life?”
Jay Thomas: Let’s be straight. We play characters in movies and TV shows. Yes of course sometimes writers have taken true events from my relationships and put them in shows. But hey, let’s be real my friend. I never acted as myself! Seriously no one wants to see the real you! From my point of view I don’t want to see the real them either.
JH: In my blog about divorces, I try to include inspiration for my readers who are going through divorce or hard times their own relationships. What has been your own experience with divorce?
JT: I was married a couple of times young and had a few long-term relationships. After the break up I never heard from the women again and I never sought them out. Over is over unless there are children and that luckily I never had to deal with.
JH: If I had a marriage that dissolved I would do my best to protect the children and make nice with the mom. It seems like you have been generous with your ex and the kids. But what do you think about staying in touch with exes in general?
JT: In case of if no kids I do not believe in staying friends with an ex. Believe me I’ve tried, but Jim, seriously what’s the use… friendly ex’s bore me. I went out with a couple of exes but one of us still carried a torch for the other… I
JH: I’m sure you’ve been in couple’s therapy at least once in your life. What do you think about it?
JT: In couple’s therapy, for me it was best to listen to the critique of my behavior and not say much since it was usually my fault.
JH: I only have 5 questions so I would like to end this interview with asking you, if you could choose any couple in the world, who do you think should get a divorce immediately and why?
JT: I can answer this question pretty fast and I am a supporter of both of them but why Hillary Clinton never left Bill is a mystery. Many people say she stayed for her aspirations but they would have had the same relationship (none!) after divorce. And she would have come off as a lot stronger to me.
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After 33 years on TV, David Letterman will sign off Wednesday. He was innovative and always unpredictable. Rev. Sharpton talks to two people close to him: Former “Late Show” writer and producer Daniel Kellison and comedian Jay Thomas
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WHO: Jay Thomas
WHAT: Underrated Radio Host
WHY: Jay Thomas is the host of the Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. I actually discovered his show entirely by accident a few years ago. When it comes to trying new radio shows I am pretty closed-minded so whenever his show came on the air, I quickly changed to something else. I never heard of this Jay Thomas and just figured he was like all the other generic radio hosts. One day I was relaxing in bed and was too lazy to get up and change the dial. Lo and behold, the Jay Thomas show came on and within a few minutes I was hooked. Wow! Why was I not listening to this before! This was a fresh radio show that quickly captured my attention. First, Jay Thomas pulls no punches which I greatly appreciate. He isn’t afraid to voice his opinion and he has a plethora of those. It is refreshing to hear an honest
opinion on a wide range of topics rather than the hackneyed politically correct answers. There is not any subject he is afraid to talk about from the silly to the taboo, and his guests reflect that. He has had a number of quirky guests including psychics, convicts, D-list celebrities and everything in between. Not only that, awkward moments abound, especially his very uncomfortable interview with Kevin Bacon. This is real radio folks, and anything can happen.
Jay is also not afraid to make fun of himself, and regularly proclaims that his radio show is the easiest show to call in to.
He also regularly mimics his mother using a high pitched female voice with a Louisiana accent that rivals the hilarity of Howard Stern channeling his own parents Ben and Ray Stern. One of his regular callers/tormentors is Jesse from San Diego. Let’s just say Jay doesn’t like him very much and he lets him know it. After berating him, he will usually utter his signature line of “Get Rid of Him”. Since Jay considers himself to be on the fringes of Hollywood he has nothing to lose and doesn’t mind revealing stories from his personal life often involving other celebrities. His audition story with Robert De Niro and his stories about Rhea Perlman’s distaste for him remain personal favorites.
Jay also has a number of regulars on his show that are more than willing to participate in the shenanigans, the most interesting being the mysterious Ira the Weatherman. Imagine your grandfather doing a radio show while drunk, and spouting non sequiturs with a distinct phlegmy voice! And I still have no idea who he is, his origin remains an enigma wrapped in riddle. Jay will ocassionally ask him what movies he rented from the library and a hilarious review will ensue usually with a movie that nobody heard of or has seen, many times due to the fact that Ira botches the titles. His
constant interruptions when Jay is interviewing guests are very amusing. Jay’s producer Garrett Andritz and his call screener Cristina Palumbo make perfect fodder for his sharp wit. Garrett has a knack for playing devil’s advocate and usually brings up interesting counterpoints to Jay’s arguments. The feisty Cristina is frequently teased by Jay but she is not afraid to fight back. They have a real love-hate relationship that can change at any moment. Jeff Furlotte calls in while impersonating several celebrities including Charlie Sheen and Michelle Obama. His jokes go right for the jugular, and the biggest joke is that all of the impressions sound alike! Comedian Shuli is a welcome presence on the Friday show. He brings many years of experience as a stand up comedian and much like Jay, he truly shines when telling stories from his own personal experiences. Comedians Kevin Meaney and Rodney Lee Conover are also key contributors to the show. All these other radio personalities allow for a very dynamic listening experience and also allow Jay to play some fun games like Around the Horn (sure, many have seen this game on ESPN but it has never been this funny since maybe the Max Kellerman days).
In addition to Around the Horn, there are many other amusing recurring spots that Jay does. During a segment entitled Alex Gavel to Gavel, he discusses current legal cases with lawyer Alex in an often comical manner. The Voicebox feature is a way for fans to interact directly with the show. Fans can call the Voicebox and leave messages for the show and they are played on the air. Whether you love or hate the show, you can call in and have your voice heard. The Cool Moms/Cool Dads segment involves current news stories where moms or dads do really stupid things. While the story is read aloud, Cristina and Garrett will sing either the Cool Mom or Cool Dad song respectively.
The Jay Thomas Show is a truly wonderful experience. Jay has a great supporting cast and does fun recurring bits.
What really sets this show apart is that Jay answers to nobody. Jay Thomas’ honesty and fearlessness allow him to be one of the most interesting voices in radio.
CHECK THIS OUT: The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Article by CJ Ramirez