By Richard Rushfield
Journalists, of course, don’t party with the people they cover. That would be crossing a line. No, journalists find opportunities to get inside the heads of their subjects and rip the still-beating secrets out of their pried-open chests.
Exactly what every entertainment journalist does every time they are summoned to consume free drinks and mini-lamb chops in the presence of Hollywood actors and executives. Which is exactly what they all did at the CBS party thrown in honor of the Television Critics Association, as captured by the Hollywood Reporter:
8:17 p.m.: The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is enthralled by a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar in the back corner, making a point to come back and praise the chocolate s’mores-flavored offering: “It’s awesome!” Earlier in the day, Survivor host Jeff Probst revealed to a roomful of reporters that he had gotten the Survivor gig over Keoghan.
8:54 p.m.: As the party thins out, Whitney Houston’s ”I Want to Dance With Somebody” begins to boom through the speakers. That Houston died inside the hotel makes it particularly akward. The night prior, TCA Awards emcee (and Breaking Bad star) Bryan Cranston dubbed the Beverly Hilton “Hollywood’s place to die.”
9:02 p.m.: Both Chiklis and America’s Next Top Model host TyraBanks join the Sprinkles cupcake line for a late night snack on their way out. Within 10 minutes, there is a sizable exodus; Episodes star Matt LeBlanc is an exception as he stays put with reporters gaggled around him.
The LeBlanc gaggle is, of course, the apex of the journalism profession; achieving it is something for which journalists spend years preparing and which changes a career forevermore.