(SD) 1. Thanks for the chat! You just wrapped up season two of Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best which airs on We tv, how was it!?!
It has been a great season so far. We really had a lot of fun with it. We are very excited for season three!!
(SD) 2. You went through a very difficult breakup during the filming of this season. How did you cope with the shocking discovery of betrayal?
It was very, very difficult. When things like that happen you regroup and re-assess your situation. I always feel in a break up you figure out what was your part in it and you try to move your life forward. I found out during production, all of it was in real time. Some tough decisions about what my comfort level was and it was difficult. The decision was made to follow what was going on as it was happening.
(SD) 3. How do you balance participating in reality TV and protecting your son Cooper’s privacy as a young adolescent? Has there ever been a point where it went too far?
There’s been no point where it has gone too far, I have been extremely protective of my son. As has the network and our production company. There really haven’t been any of those moments where I have had to say, “No, this isn’t okay.” They really trust my judgment. They have never pushed me to change my mind on any situation involving my son. One of the things that we do not go into or did not go into on the show is how my son reacted; that was too private and too personal. There was no pressure put on me.
SD: It wasn’t too far having him audition for a Broadway show in NYC? (Laughs)
Well that was my meddling mother. I think that was a different set of trust. They are hilarious together and unfortunately they gang up on me, which happens a lot. What is that saying, “The reason grandparents and grand kids get along so well is because they have a common enemy?” (Laughs)
(SD) 4. What did you learn from your first big jobs at CBS and MTV as a reporter and host?
The biggest thing I learned is when you are working with people who know more than you; keep your mouth shut and your eyes open because you will learn. Find the person who you think is the smartest person and watch them.
(SD) 5. After celebrating your 1,000th live interview on the red carpet with your mother for TVGuide Channel, what do you attribute to the success of creating such a phenomenon?
Its fun, it’s exciting. I think part of the thing was, especially at that point, we were excited to be there, and it was fun! There was less interference from publicist’s and this and that, it wasn’t so mechanical. I always felt like if we enjoyed being there then the viewer would enjoy being there. We always say it was like the best cocktail party you have ever been to where you got the chance to talk to everybody and everyone was still walking in, no one had lost yet so everyone was still in a good mood.
(SD) 6. Moving on to your job as executive producer of Fashion Police on E!, what are the pros and cons of having complete oversight on the show?
The pros are: I have a great time. I have an amazing staff and an amazing panel. Everyone truly has fun on our take days and I think that comes through and I think that is why the show is a success. My mom, George, Kelly and Giuliana are really having fun. The con is sometimes they have too much fun and I cannot get them to stop talking. (Laughs) There are just days where it’s like, “Okay, nice, we’re through half the show and you have been laughing for 20 minutes heavy, shut up!” (Laughs)