Q: Did you have any say in the kind of men that you were dating on “Kate Plus Date” or did you just kind of trust what the matchmakers were going to do for fun reactions?
A: I’ll be honest, I was out of the dating loop for, well since before I was married, like maybe 20 years ago. So everything was different and the question that seems easy was very hard for me from a matchmaker in terms of “What are you looking for?”
I knew what I wasn’t looking for, but I could not easily articulate what I was looking for. So their job was difficult. I had a say in terms of qualities and all of those things. It was difficult for me to articulate … . So when it came down to who they matched me with going on whatever I was able to tell them, I didn’t know even really their name until, you know, minutes before. And a lot of it, because I couldn’t articulate … the awkwardness, uncomfortable, terrified reactions came from the fact that, you know, they were kind of hit or miss … .
Q: Did you make any arrangements with TLC about the stuff that just cannot be on camera?
A: It was important for me first and foremost that my kids would be able to watch the show and not feel cringey and uncomfortable as well as other families because of, you know, our long history, viewers would essentially cross over. … And I feel like I have five daughters and three sons and they need to be able to watch a respectful … G-rated, essentially, show. And it’s because it’s important for me to be … an example to my kids.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.