Sunday, June 16, 2024

Exclusive: Chris Christie as Oprah? Dr. Phil? Former NJ Governor and Wife Mary Pat Pitching a Syndicated Talk Show from Controversial Producer Garth Ancier


Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie sees himself as the next Oprah. Or even Dr. Phil.

I’m hearing that Christie and wife Mary Pat are pitching a syndicated TV Talk show. The producer is Garth Ancier, former network executive at five different networks.

More recently, Ancier was caught up in accusations of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit filed by Michael Egan, who also named director Bryan Singer. In the end, the case was thrown out. Egan had to pay Ancier a seven figure settlement, and went to jail.

Christie is infamous for his Bridgegate episode in New Jersey. He walked away clean, although his lackeys– who swear they took his orders– are in jail. Maybe they could be his first guests.

Christie has tried like crazy to get a job with the Trump Administration. But Trump has proven disloyal. Christie currently has a contract with ABC News as a pundit, which is just as ridiculous as it sounds.

Could the Christies actually get a talk show? Look, Maury Povich was a serious guy until he realized he could make millions debasing himself as a DNA expert. Jerry Springer is out there somewhere. The answer is: yes. Pretty much anyone who rejects dignity can do it. And frankly, I’d like to see this, just for sport. Bring it on!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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