Last week I went to two live tapings, Tamron Hall and The View.
On Tuesday went to see Tamron Hall, and I must say I liked how it was organized. I didn’t have to stand in line that long before we got in and were able to put our coats and backpacks into a locker It was locked. Then we got to sit in a waiting room. It was much more intimate because I don’t think since COVID, they have completely filled the audience. There seemed to be quite a bit of space and room. They also seem to be quite conservative people with canes to make them not walk up the ten stairs but just three.
This talk showed seemed to be more of a family affair. Some people were semi-regular. During the commercial breaks, Tamron would come up into the audience, say hello, and talk a little bit.
I went to see The View last Thursday.
I did find the guest Kyra Sedgwick interesting, but to be honest with you; I wanted to see Whoopi Goldberg. It seemed there were regulars or at least those who regularly did the talk show circuit. Thirsday’s show was co-hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines.
I arrived one minute after priority seating was allowed, but I had my cane out, and they were kind enough to let me in. The security was incredible or, should I say, thorough, Much more than the other two shows I’ve been to. Unlike the Tuesday taping, there was a lot of standing around, but at least I was inside.
This live taping was being aired immediately, but it didn’t feel that much different from those where it was taped for a future show. As always, there’s the encouragement to keep your energy high, do lots of applause, yelling and occasionally standing ovations. The comedian, Regina DeCicco, who did the warm-up and kept the energy going during the breaks, was excellent. She kept us motivated, and it felt like one big happy party with everybody getting to know everybody else.
There was a great segment on Women’s History Month tribute in honour of Barbara Walters. Although the hosts of The View didn’t come down into the audience, they acknowledged and talked to the crowd members during breaks.
View Your Deal from ABC’s The View
This show was particularly exciting because it was an audience giveaway, and I hadn’t realized it beforehand. That meant after the live taping, they did two product view your deal tapings. We were all promised we would get a goodie bag at the end, although it seemed acceptable that some people had to leave before that to return to work. It was understood by everybody, but that would be the case.
Of course, I stayed to see what I would get. It took a while to set up, but they did two product review sessions quite quickly, and we picked up our plastic bag of goodies as we exited. The giveaway included comfort socks, neck cream, eye shadow, a bracelet and soap. Not a bad haul, I don’t think.