Guest Star: "Raphael Saadiq, Mmm, He Is A Talented Motherf*cker"
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:30PM
[With this week's VH1 premiere of the "Big Morning Buzz Live" talk show, animated and colorful host Carrie Keagan opens up about ditching Los Angeles to take her bite of the Big Apple.]
I am living the dream right now. I never imagined in a million years, let alone what I am doing right now (interviewing the biggest celebrities in the world), that I would have my own morning show on VH1, it's like a dream come true.
I'm absolutely thrilled. It's been a fantastic couple of weeks just preparing for the show. The weather has been gorgeous. I feel like I've been getting teased. The shock to the system coming from Los Angeles to New York was quite nice actually. It was a gradual little change and the only thing that's been kind of knocking me for a loop is the [time change] but I'm getting used to it.
I've only been her in New York for two weeks. It's not really that long but it was enough to kind of get me rolling and used to the lifestyle a little bit and the fact that nobody over here ever goes to bed. I feel like Los Angeles made me a little bit lazy in that regard, because bars close at midnight and the scene is pretty much shut down before 2 AM over there. Here, you can go out whenever you want. There's always something to do. You can always find some trouble to get in to.
The "Morning Buzz" first day wasn't what a normal day would feel like because we had done a two-week long pilot of the show in January and we had ten shows under our belt and when we came back, I had a couple of weeks to prepare for the show and then when Monday came, I literally sat down in my chair and it felt like Day 11. It was as if we had never left. It all came together and I started doing my thing and we had celebrity guests on and it was like, "Oh yeah, I know how to do this. We did this before."
It was easy almost and I hate to say that. Actually, when the show was done, it had gone over so well and the everyone at VH1 was so happy and I said, "Well, it's all downhill from here." If so, at least we got to start out with a bang!
[Yesterday] was a real fun day too. We had [singer] Raphael Saadiq on and [actor] Paul Bettany from that movie Priest and Raphael Saadiq, mmm, he is f*cking amazing. He is a talented motherf*cker, that guy right there. So it was an honor to have him on and here at VH1 we've been playing his music video constantly from his new album and I'm just a huge fan. So that was cool.
I think the difference between me and other interviewers and journalists is that I didn't train to do this. I didn't go to school for it. I definitely didn't want to become a broadcast journalist when I was growing up and so I think the whole reason I got into this business was to hang out. I really wanted to work in the music business and promote bands, so in a weird way, I'm still doing that but I'm doing it my way. When I first started doing interviews, my whole intent wasn't to get information out of them it was to hang out with them. I literally wanted to see what it felt like to have a normal conversation with these people because that's what I always wanted to do.
So when it came down to it, they turned the camera on and it was literally no different than me just hanging out and start talking to them.
Carrie Keagan's "Big Morning Buzz Live" runs daily at 9:30 AM EST on VH1.
Check out a clip from "Big Morning Buzz Live" below:
Carrie Keagan is one of the most watched women on the Internet and one of the most in-demand personalities on TV. As the anchor, writer and producer for NO GOOD TV, she has well over 6,000 interviews to her credit, she has amassed an enviable list of exclusive and uncensored sit-downs with a "who's who" of the biggest celebrities on the planet, garnering her a giant fan base with over one billion views online. Keagan recently hosted Mark Burnett's, Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp for VH1 Classic and is frequently a guest on Red Eye for FoxNews. Keagan has appeared several times on the critically acclaimed E! series Chelsea Lately as well as HLN's Joy Behar Show, KTLA Morning show in Los Angeles, co-hosted on The Daily 10 (E!), and co-anchored live Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe red carpet coverage for TV Guide Network. Keagan's acting credits include a recurring role in the Comedy Central series Reno 911!, as well as cameos in the films Superbad and The Hangover.