Same dilemma, but not the CBC

Dan Brown has his own BBT moment with a a radio producer, that left him being able to relate.


  1. Dan Brown
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Anonymous: Dan Brown never had a Billy Bob moment with a radio producer. Like the column says, he appeared on Jane Hawtin’s afternoon television show, which was never on CBC. You idiot.

  2. Allan
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    … showing that he’s NOT drugged or insane.
    But you knew that.

  3. Allan
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    You’re absolutely right, and I’ve corrected the story.
    Thanks for your help with that.

    It was a misunderstanding on my part, and I hope no one got hurt.
    Just like the misunderstanding between Ghomeshi and Billy Bob.

    Let’s settle this, if we can.
    The first point I want to emphasize is that BB felt betrayed. That’s important. Guests should never be left feeling or thinking that, and if they are, there’d better be a good excuse, an accident, or an immediate and full apology.
    The CBC did neither. No apology and somewhat self-righteous.
    I do not endorse the way the CBC handled this.
    BB’s feelings and the impression he’s left with about the CBC is important.
    That’s what I believe. The CBC sees things differently.

    Second, I have every reason to believe that the agreement was understood to come down to one thing – don’t ask about or bring up the film career in the course of the interview. BB may have seen that to be from the moment the appearance starts, while the producers saw it as from the moment the interview starts.
    Going by the direction and consistent thread of Ghomeshi’s conversation, I think he was doing exactly as had been agreed on, and had no plans whatsoever to talk about acting, etc. He was following the agreement right down the line.

    Third, the first problem arose because it was only upon arrival that BB began to make clear what was in his head about the parameters of what would be talked about. By then, just before the show, the introduction had already been written and polished to perfection. The producers did not view the introduction to be an issue, and was needed, as all introductions are, for “context”.
    (note that they could have done the interview without mentioning any of that in front of BB if necessary). So the producers kind of got caught with an “outdated” script you could say, but also too bewildered to understand just how uptight stuff like that makes BB.

    But the real issue that seems to have set him off was that he had not only told the producers and Ghomeshi was could not be talked about, BUT ALSO HOW things were not to be talked about. And that was the problem that set him off. The problem for the CBC being that the script had already been approved, and did not strike the producers as being too far in violation of what BB was attempting to get across about descriptions of his relationship to this vocation of music.

    I sensed that Jian was especially brave with Mr. Thornton because he honestly and sincerely believed that he had done nothing wrong.
    And I can see where he’s coming from.
    BUT, when he sees the guest is upset he should have tried to set it right instead of asking for a truce. There’s no humility, no “I’m sorry if I offended our guest. We’re grateful to have you here.”

    Lastly, it’s possible that some may have missed how BB becomes a pretty decent guy just near the end of the interview, showing that he’s drugged or insane. That there was a great guy there waiting to be interviewed.

    Had Ghomeshi apologized instead of trying to play the snooty, this is my turf you’re on and you’re just passing through so I don’t really care about your irrational and odd requests attitude that he took, the interview could have been very good.

    But Ghomeshi does not know how to ask questions that result in amazing answers and great radio moments.
    I like this famous segment in part because it wa the only time I’ve seen Ghomeshi get anywhere near being close to being for real.
    Billy Bob Thornton is always for real.

    Hope that eases things up a bit.
    If it’s too far off the mark, you’re always free to say so.

    the new, 3rd, comment added. please note that the agent did not say that there was never any agreement of any kind. That would mean BB made up something.
    How would you explain his story about the sit down?
    From his imagination?

  4. Anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Don’t forget BBT’s own agent denying there was any agreement. But hey, don’t let the facts get between your axe and the grindstone.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Jane Hawtin Live wasn’t ever on CBC.

    This + the note from Q’s exec saying they didn’t promise BBT anything = embarrassment. You can stop saying stuff like “lies” and “going back on their word” now.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Jane Hawtin Live wasn’t on CBC in 1996, you idiot.

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