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Is This The Face Of The Next Big Thing On U.S. Daytime Television?

by Emmanuel Akitobi
March 26, 2012 6:47 PM
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Trisha Goddard

She's no Oprah, but she's coming to a TV near you . . . and things could get interesting, to say the least.

A few weeks ago, NBCUniversal announced the addition of a fourth daytime talk show to their rotation, to be produced at the Connecticut-based Stamford Media Center.  That new show will be hosted by Trisha Goddard, and her weekday talk show, Trisha, will be the newest addition to several daytime talk shows already produced in Stamford, including The Jerry Springer Show, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Maury.

So just who is Trisha Goddard?

Well, Goddard started her climb to fame as a television reporter, and was the first black anchorwoman on Australian television.  That led to her being offered her own TV show, simply called Trisha Goddard, back home in England.

Connecticut-based reports that Goddard was known as the "queen of chat" in the United Kingdom, will use her conflict-resolution skills to help people navigate challenging issues.

Goddard's show in England was on the air for four years (first on ITV, and then on Channel 5) before it was cancelled, after Goddard revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

But Goddard is now free of cancer and ready to get back to doing what it is she loves to.

In a recent interview with Hello!, Goddard told the publication, "Cancer has definitely changed me. I love what I do - I love connecting with people, whether it's in the street or on television - but I'm far more relaxed about it all now; I'm not some career-driven beast these days.  I used to live everywhere but in the "here and now". I live in the "now" these days.  I really do."

The question now is, "Can Goddard be a success in the already-crowded daytime TV game here in America?"

She'll have to compete with the likes of Ghetto Court (I kid!), Judge Judy, Ellen, Jerry, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, and Maury.  And that's not even considering the upcoming Steve Harvey daytime talk-show, which will likely have a built-in audience from his popular morning radio-show.

It's not going to be easy.  But before we count her out, did I mention that Goddard has a slight advantage to work with?  I found out that Goddard is not that new to U.S. audiences, after all.

For a taste of what to expect when Trisha hits the air, check out the below clip of Goddard, from when she served as a guest host on Maury:

"You put your shoes on sweetie, or I ain't reading the results!"

Looks like Trisha Goddard is in the success-proven business of airing folks' dirty laundry.  And if she follows the current Maury format, Trisha is likely to be a popular show, because we know how folks like some Maury.

Like I said before, this likely isn't going to be The Oprah Winfrey Show.  But I'm definitely interested to see what it actually turns out to be.

Will you be watching?

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  • dl | March 27, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    LOL! great to see trisha back but judging from that clip i guess she has to be a little more agressive in america her show in england was very soft there wasnt any fights more sally than jerry.

  • anon | March 27, 2012 12:44 PMReply

    Btw, even though she looks BLACK she is actually mixed race her father is white.

  • Dru | June 18, 2012 5:16 PM

    No she isn't mixed race. She's fully black but didn't know until late in life. Her white dad that raised her and fathered her two other sisters wasn't her real dad. She's explains all of that in her book and its in several blogs and press about her.

  • Nadine | March 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    I thought she found out later in life that he was only her step-father... i could be wrong (and I shouldn't be on the boards).

  • Thom | March 27, 2012 12:49 PM

    Makes no difference on this side of the pond. Over here, black is black.

  • Cherish | March 27, 2012 11:53 AMReply

    It's interesting that Black women, after White men, are the most successful when it comes to hosting this type of Trash talk show setup. White women who tried in the past never achieved this level of notoriety (Ricky Lake was successful, an exception.) hmm. be fun to study the psychology, racial dynamics of this. Anyway, to this one, god no more.

  • Cherish | March 27, 2012 1:46 PM

    Jenny Jones and Sally did have their run but I don't think of them as a "success." Donahue had topped them for years, and he had said that he knew that the only person who could "top him" was a Black woman. Outside of the trashy talk shows, the regular talk show are dominated white men and gay white women (Ellen and Rosie). Straight white women don't seem to do well in this area, unless they share multiracial panel (view). Do you think there could be a white Wendy Williams?

  • Nadine | March 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    Was Sally Jesse Raphael considered successful? That might have just been a regional thing.

  • Thom | March 27, 2012 11:59 AM

    Don't forget about Jenny Jones. She had a lot of trash on her show.

  • Jai | March 27, 2012 9:51 AMReply

    So basically she's another wendy williams?!

  • anon | March 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    nooo! trisha is much more sophisticated than that trashy woman her show is more like jenny jones or sally raphael but to be honest she is unique i wouldnt really compare her to any american host.

  • Geneva Girl | March 27, 2012 6:21 AMReply

    No, no, no, no, no.

  • Lala | March 26, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    Not an advocate for foolery, but it's interesting we forget: Oprah didn't start out with hour-long shows about cupcakes and charities. She started out with stories like these, if I'm not mistaken.

  • sandra | March 27, 2012 9:08 AM

    @LaLa - I was thinking the same thing, but Oprah's low could never compare to Jerry's or Maury's low. And she didn't become the queen of daytime UNTIL she "classed" things up, leaving the toothless rednecks to their devices and focusing on relatable topics for Middle America.

  • jmac | March 26, 2012 8:30 PMReply

    I think I remember hearing this dumb chick's annoying voice while flipping channels and wondering how the hell did Maury find a black female junkier than him. Hope this sinks. I'll wait for Queen Latifah's show.

  • CareyCarey | March 26, 2012 8:23 PMReply

    Sergio IS the babies daddy! And Emmanuel, the test results are in. When asked if you've been faithful to your wife, you said, "absolutely". The tests indicate that you were not be truthful. See there, any monkey can fill Maury's seat. What real skills does it take to sit among a bunch of "Cops" rejects? "Bad boys bad boys what you gonna do, run to Maury's and act a damn fool". This type of reality TV's success has little do to with the host. It's all about the folks who believe they've come up by dropping all their business on the street for $ 500.00 and a one nights stay at Red Roof Inn. Sidebar: I don't think it's fair to lump/include Anderson Cooper in this list of garbage spin doctors. But if Trisha Goddard's new show is anything like Jerrrrrry's- Jeeerrrrrry's and Maaaury's, I know why the caged bird sings and Trisha, who looks awfully tantilizing laying on that couch (sexy I'd say) is sitting in the catbird's seat.

  • Miles Ellison | March 26, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    Other than the English accent, what's the difference between her and the other trash mongers on daytime TV?

  • sandra | March 26, 2012 7:34 PMReply

    There are NO standards on T.V.

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