I’m speaking up with the awareness that some will roll their eyes or dismiss my point. Yet it would be a disservice to all of the hard working women in entertainment, including Joan Rivers, who was the first woman to have her own late night show. Not to mention how this minimizes the efforts of the 100+ staff members who work hard on my show every day.
And just as I don’t want to be inconsequential in any late-night discourse, I also don’t want to be singled-out and lauded merely because I am successful “for a woman.” I only want to be acknowledged for having worked hard to build an equally significant audience and fan base to those of my peers. I believe the success of any woman should never be qualified by her gender.
This isn’t about Bill Carter. This is about being noted as a parenthetical, reaffirming what I feel has been an underlying, yet consistent inconsistency with how I am handled as the only woman in a traditionally male field. My only goal when I started this show six-and-a-half years ago was to offer viewers another voice to end their day with (even if my show is on E!). That’s the appropriate use of a parenthetical.
Chelsea Handler on Bill Carter’s dismissiveness of her as a late night talk show host (he was talking about Jimmy Fallon’s competition as he takes over The Tonight Show, full article here)
It’s never easy to take over a job someone else really made their mark in. So just image how hard it is to fill a role that nearly a dozen people mastered before you. That’s the kind of pressure "Saturday Night Live’s" new Weekend Update team, made up of cast regular Cecily Strong and co-head writer Colin Jost, is facing.
Not available for just work, but available just for life to happen to you, you know. That we’re living this life, we’re in this life and if you’re not available, sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. The day passes and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available then life gets huge, you jump up dimensions, life becomes much more full. You’re really living it.