A: It is an advice show and it is a show for real people facing real problems. No celebrities on this show. And every day on the show, basically we face the problems that people are facing, the things that are keeping people up at night. Maybe your marriage, it might be money. Maybe it’s something going on with your kids. It’s the kind of issues that I call a “rock in the shoe problem.” They sort of irritate you in the back of your mind, they might even hurt you but you keep walking around in your life without really getting in there and fixing things.
And so my job as the host of “The Mel Robbins Show” is to take all of my life-tested wisdom and all of the advice I’ve been giving for millions of people around the world every single day and together with the audience … face the issues and also provide the tools that make people’s lives better. And I think one of the things that differentiates me in terms of being a host is that I’m all about memorable, simple, proven advice. And so what we’re doing on this show is tackling the issues that keep you up at night but doing it in a way that helps you feel empowered to take that next great step.
Q: What talk shows did you watch?
A: Oh, I watched them all growing up. I would come home in Western Michigan and “Donahue” was on and I love how he would always run into the audience with the mic. And Sally (Jessy Raphael) with the hard questions and I think she was the first one to kind of let conflict really go and follow them. And I liked how Montel (Williams) was such a deep listener and I loved how Oprah (Winfrey) just so knew herself and her intent in everything that she did and it just came through so profoundly.
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.