TODAY | October 01, 2012
>>> hard to believe marie osmond has been entertaining us for over five decades.
>> i don't want you to say that! oh my goodness.
>> she made her tv debut on "the andy williams ' show" when she was 3. now her new talk show "marie" premiers today.
>> that's right, your legendary first guest, betty white .
>> i know!
>> take a look.
>> look at this beautiful house you bought! oh, it's lovely.
>> hallmark bought it for me.
>> they did?
>> o is there anything you want to tell me?
>> no, i like -- you would tell me a lot of things, betty.
>> no, but they just bought it for you, you didn't have to do anything.
>> no, i just said i wanted to talk to you, and they said this is for betty.
>> isn't she cute.
>> she is the best. it's hard to believe, but here you are, this -- another chapter in your career. in fact, take a look. this is the headline of " usa today ." it says -- " usa today ," the weekend edition .
>> wow! i haven't seen that yet.
>> pretty cool.
>> how sweet. you know, it's lovely. when betty -- she started out in talk. she used to do five hours before they had scripts and prompters and everything else. and, you know, i sat in that other chair now for five decades of being the person that you -- that is interviewed. and it's really fun, al, to be in that other position. the show is very different. we do ten 11-minute segments. we have people really talk. and you know how it is. it's like get the book in, get the movie, in tell a funny and you're out there. it's not that way. we laugh a lot. it's very -- it's topical. i have said, it's more -- it's not so much about the red carpet . it's helping women walk that red carpet in their own life. and helping them feel completed as women, not so much competing against each other. it's been so much fun.
>> you talk about competing against other women. you've got katie couric doing the show, ricki lake , all those folks. it's a crowded genre. how do you make a difference?
>> look at you, al? how do you make a difference? it's you. it's al. how do i make it different? i come from a perspective of, oh, yeah, i've been on the bus. i've done the broadway stage . oh, yeah, let's talk about writing a book. i've been in that other chair. it's -- i don't think it's crowded. we have so many stations, a lot of programs to fill. but i think it really is about the person. i did -- dina shore, wasn't she lovely? mike douglas , merv griffin . i did all those shows. i've worked with those people. lucille ball , groucho marx . we debuted britney spears . christina aguilera on "the donny and marie show ." i love to give people a shot. here they're like -- carney wilson came on and the producers talking about her weight and her eating and, no, that's not carney . even though carney and i are different, we're very similar. we have the coolest interview with carney , you have to watch it.
>> you talk about your life . you have dealt with so much. suicide of your son, postpartum depression battle, your you're a mom to eight.
>> yes, eight is enough.
>> how does that shape you as a talk show host ?
>> do you know, i think there is a relatability. it's very fascinating, some of the people, because we shot a couple shows, and it looks like a house, it's fun. but so far, we've had people talk about eating disorders that they have never talked about and they felt safe. another person talked about how they grew up as a hoarder and what that do to them and morphed into their work and entertainment. i have a lot of real people on too. i think real people are fascinating. i've learned some of the greatest things i've learned in life are from my real friends. and i don't know. it's -- i want it to be kind of like that backyard fence where mothers used to hang their laundry and talk. that's what i want this show to be. we'll see. i'm so grateful to hallmark for giving me this opportunity. tom bergeron did the show, and of course i passed out on " dancing with the stars " and in his book the first thing was about me passing out. and he said it's funny, you said "oh crap." and i said tom, you this is hallmark, you can't say crap, you'll get bleeped. and i said i just said it too.
>> great to see you.
>> i want to hear about your book. you come on my show and talk about it. i would love to.
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