Bonnie Hunt returning to TV with daytime talk show

by Robert Philpot

McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

17 July 2008


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The last time Bonnie Hunt took a crack at series TV, it was with “Life With Bonnie,” a 2002-04 sitcom in which the actress played a harried talk-show host.

Come Sept. 8, Hunt will do the talk-show host thing in real life as she launches “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” the latest in a seemingly infinite series of daytime chat shows. Meant as a companion piece to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the syndicated show will allow Hunt, 46, to do the usual celebrity interviews while displaying the quick wit that has made her a favorite talk-show guest of such late-night hosts as David Letterman.

Hunt displayed some of that wit in a news conference for the show Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Here’s some of what she had to say:

On whether her smart mouth got her in trouble growing up: “Well, I went to Catholic school, so naturally,” she said, making the audience laugh out loud. “There were seven kids in our family. My mom had seven kids in 10 years. So you had to learn how to talk and think fast if you wanted to be heard.”

On how often her mother, seen in promos for the show, will appear: “We’ll probably just call my mom whenever it makes sense,” Hunt said. “I have a great affinity for senior citizens ... and my mom is part of that generation. And a lot of the things that drove me crazy when I was younger, (now) the wisdom rings true.”

On whether the show will address sexual topics: “I’m not going to talk about it directly,” Hunt said. “I’m not going to talk about my sex life. I mean, we’d only get half a show out of it.”

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