Luckily, all the ladies were there! Barbara Walters seemed cranky from waking up early to do a Regis & Kelly appearance. Joy Behar was strangely reserved after a stern shhhh! by Barbara during a commercial break. Sherri Sheperd looked fabulous in her tight black top & unburned wig. As she shared on-air, there was a fire in her apartment building, so she called her son Jeffery to, "Save Mommy's wigs!" Elizabeth Hasselbeck, as annoying as she is, faced me the entire show, so I couldn't help but smiling & waving the several times she did it to me. Damn it! And then there's Whoopi Goldberg. You know, Academy-Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, to whom I got to ask a question during a commercial break:
"Hi, Whoopi. I'm William from Chicago."
"You've been asking this question to actors recently & I'd like to ask you: what role are you dying to play?"
"Eleanor of Aquitaine."
"::frantically wondering if that's the Katherine Hepburn role in The Lion in Winter or the Katherine Hepburn role in one of dozens of other royalty period dramas:: Great. Thanks!"
Five words. Awesome! Ok, she didn't say much, nor did she seem very interested in my question (it was better than the "WFT?!" face given to the "Who's been your favorite guest?" question), but I got to talk to her. Gotta love Whoopi's no-nonsense flatoutery.Since Elizabeth faced us the show, she swung over to our bank after filming was done. The ladies around us cooed over her ever-growing baby bump. We sat politely waiting for Sherri to finish up a conversation with one of her gays in the first row. From there, we ignored Elizabeth & fawned over Sherri's comedic timing & wig story from the broadcast.
Sure, waiting in the cold & standing in ABC's lobby for 3-and-a-half hours was torturous at times (one of the crazies pulled out her squishy balls & preceded to juggle), the over-all experience was thoroughly enjoyable.