Originally Posted by vertigo235
newsposter is referring to Joe Flanigan's appearance on E!'s Chelsea Lately with Chelsea Handler last night. It was very brief but I still thought it was a very awkward, painful appearance. Let's see if I can clarify the recap.
He started by coming onto the set and handing her Stargate Atlantis Season 4 DVDs that "MGM publicity instructed him to give her" and her first comment was that he was good looking and better looking than most who would do a sci-fi show.
She tossed a few more barbs about sci-fi in (I'm not too familiar with her work, and I think part of it's her schtick, but as the host of a show that's presumably there to help provide a little bit of publicity for guests, she could have properly referenced the show after its first mention instead of generically referring to star-space-something-or-other, etc.) and wondered how he could take scenes seriously and if fans really believe they're in outer space. He played her game (for all the awkwardness, his dry sarcasm fit in well with her mocking) and replied that if you've seen the show you already know he doesn't take his lines seriously plus the sets are made of plywood so it can't be serious, and a sarcastic "Yes, some do." He also had a good line about the fans, saying sci-fi fans are very good at being supportive...and apparently also at downloading.
Jumping topics, she referred to a stint he had as an advance man for George H. W. Bush when he was vice president and how he basically was fired from the job because he wasn't good at it, and then she mentioned she was fired from numerous waitressing jobs. Flanigan said they may have thought he was good at it based on his last name, but his stint as a bartender only lasted 10 minutes.
Jumping yet again to a unrelated subject, she asked him about Britney Spears moving into his Malibu community and he said his kids like to go on playdates with others in the area and jokingly said that soon after she moved in, her kids were taken away from her, so any awkwardness over potential playdates with Britney's kids disappeared.
The final tangent was a question about what his wife does for a living and if she works, to which he replied she's a painter, and Handler asked, "Like Van Gogh?" (Can you tell the interview was really awkward by this point? He kept fidgeting in his chair and scratching his head and bolted the second the segment wrapped.) He said his wife is a painter like Van Gogh - but with both ears intact. That thankfully wrapped up the interview.
It was a wasted chunk of time I'll never get back, but I thought he used his own humor to deflect hers and as an aside, he looks mighty fine with a beard.
I've seen her book selling like crazy and have been curious to see what the fuss is about, but Chelsea's style is totally lost on me.