Karamo Brown started capturing his new syndicated talk present, “Karamo,” simply two weeks forward of its Sept. 19 premiere (weekdays at 1 p.m. on WPIX/Ch. 11).
“I’ve been capturing ‘Queer Eye‘ in New Orleans for the previous 4 months and didn’t have any lead time in any respect,” Brown mentioned. “The first day I bought to welcome our government producer [Kerry Shannon, “Judge Jerry”] was the primary day we shot … however it’s been figuring out nice, to date.”
Brown, 41, isn’t a novice to the talk-show subject; he subbed a number of occasions for host Maury Povich on “Maury” final season and, when Povich announced his retirement in March, was knighted his daytime successor.
“There was dialog [about replacing Povich] however you by no means know on this enterprise till the ink is dry,” he mentioned. “I might inform that the NBCUniversal distribution staff had religion in me … and as soon as they introduced that Maury was retiring it was like, ‘Let’s make it official.’”
Brown, whose lengthy TV resume consists of “The Real World: Philadelphia” and “Dancing With the Stars,” has been the “tradition professional” on the second iteration of “Queer Eye” because the present’s 2018 premiere.
On “Karamo,” he’ll concentrate on relationships and serving to his visitors get their lives so as — together with asking permission, occasionally, to lock their cellphones or the telephones of their associate.
“I’m not somebody who believes in lie-detector exams, that’s not my gig,” he mentioned. “Everything we maintain pricey to us in on our telephones; we actually look via individuals’s telephones — places, secret images — and actually does help the dialog and the expansion of the visitor.
“It’s no extra he mentioned/she mentioned, it’s extra ‘Here’s the proof, let me present you.’ And I’m very happy with that.
“If you may have issues with your mom, father, kids, dad and mom, mates … I can help you solve your issues,” he mentioned. “We’re all impressed by one another … and I’m all the time ensuring I’m bringing myself. I additionally prefer to have a lot of enjoyable, however I’m a nice empathetic listener and I’m additionally large on communication.
“On my present, individuals need to talk calmly and so they can’t begin elevating their voices,” he mentioned. “That doesn’t result in efficient communication and battle doesn’t imply you must scream and it doesn’t imply drama. I make sure that the visitors perceive that.
“We go deeper to supply ideas about what we ought to be taking about,” he mentioned. “I had a 16-year-old visitor on the present whose mom mentioned, ‘My daughter is wild. She’s having intercourse and she or he’s uncontrolled.’ I believed it gave the impression of a baby who wants extra love and I instructed the [16-year-old], ‘I’m not going to talk to you want your household [would]. How are you? Do you need to do this stuff? There’s no judgment right here,’ and she or he broke down and cried and mentioned, ‘No one has ever instructed me they love me.’ We modified the narrative.”
Celebrities can be featured sometimes on “Karamo,” however solely to stick to the present’s concentrate on relationships.
“I’d like to have Meagan Good on after what she went via in her relationship [with DeVon Franklin], and Tisha Campbell went via a relationship the place she made it via,” he mentioned. “I grew up with a single mom and 4 sisters and I would like highly effective ladies who know they can overcome. I need to have Kesha on — I don’t assume she will get credit score for the journey she’s been on.”
Brown mentioned he doesn’t pay a lot heed to social media vis-a-vis criticism or reward — however he’s a trustworthy pupil relating to learning his present segments.
“Do I take a look at feedback? No, that’s what I received’t do, until it’s in a constructive discussion board,” he mentioned. “Sometimes social media can be devastating with individuals in search of consideration.
“Any host who says they can’t watch themselves on TV is mendacity or doing a large disservice to themselves,” he mentioned. “Unless I can watch [the show] and see what the viewers is responding to … I would like to have the ability to see that if there’s one thing I can do higher.”