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Nigella Lawson on David Letterman

Did anyone see the segment on Wednesday night, 09/27/2006? She had planned a Sake glazed salmon. When Dave slipped into his routine schtick (grabbing the sake bottle and taking a big swig, then opening the mouth of the fish and tipping the bottle in, etc) she got kind of snippy. A rather different side than the one's shown on the Food Network teasers for her new show where she says, "Cooking doesn't have to be stressful...for me it's a kind of escape...and more importantly, a lot of fun." It sure looked like she'd be having a lot more fun if she could have escaped from Letterman! I though it was quite humorous.

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  1. I missed this last night.Well,eaither she has no sense of humor,or she takes cooking very seriously.

    1. I think she takes her appearances seriously and wants to do a good job. I thought Letterman was tiresome and kind of annoying. So have to side with Nigella on this one. Will say that Letterman is so predictable these days she should have seen the same old gags coming.

      However she was on Today this morning and did a very good job. She was more ‘herself’.

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      1. re: Withnail42

        Letterman is predictable, and she seemed a little graceless when he started up his predictable antics. Other Food Network chefs (Alton Brown, Batali) have been on his show and it's no secret or surprise how he behaves. One benchmark of a good TV cook should be how well one rolls with the punches, especiall y on live TV....

      2. Saw it-I thought David, whom I like, went too far. She couldnt't get a word in to describe the ingredieants. and she joked about it all too. We needn't be hard on her--she gave it a ruddy go adn handled it with aplomb, IMO.

        1. I saw the first 2 minutes (I flipped the channel) and while I like Letterman the majority of the time, he was being a schmuck.

          OTOH, NL's handlers (and the show's producers) should have prepped her properly, as in expect nothing real to happen. Someone should have told her a sake marinated salmon wouldn't work as a demo on Letterman. It was still Letterman but someone should have warned her.

          1. Ultimately the job of a talk show host is to let the guests shine and give them their moment. Last night it looked to me that Letterman was getting carried away with his old and, I hate to say, it tired routine. (How many of us knew he was going to take a drink from the sake bottle and pretend to be drunk?)He was way over the top. She couldn't do her thing. Having done the show previously I'm sure she was prepared for his gags but probably got fed up when he just wouldn’t let up. Perhaps he was showing off for Amanda Peet?

            On a side note is it just me or is the today show strategically covering up Nigella? She seems to always be standing behind some very large pots and elaborate stage decorations.

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            1. re: Withnail42

              ---"Ultimately the job of a talk show host is to let the guests shine and give them their moment."---

              Letterman makes one really miss Johnnie. Now there was a class act! Carson set the standard.

              1. re: Sharuf

                That's exactly what I was thinking. Johnny always made the guests shine.
                (David isn't really even funny anymore--used to be...)

              2. re: Withnail42

                You've touched on the real problem. Dave hasn't been funny or spontaneous since he quit drinking years ago. It is especially annoying when he plays with booze when in fact he is afraid to touch the stuff. He needs to really swig from the bottle in these skits or move on to new material.

              3. Did we see the same show? My husband and I loved Nigella getting back at Letterman. We felt she handled him better than most guests. She went with it, made some really good remarks, we thought it good entertainment.

                Remember, who ever is on, he plays with the props. It is all for entertainment. It is not a cooking spot, it is a mess up the food spot.

                1. She happened to be on Connan last night. What a difference she seemed much more relaxed. She worked with him. He poked fun at himself and did his thing. But he stayed in the background and let her do her thing. It was as it should have been, about her and not his ‘gags’.

                  BTW again she seemed to be ‘hidden’ behind various things on the set. Like Elvis when he was shot from the waist up.

                  1. On the old Letterman show, at the end of every cooking segment, Paul used to run up to sample the chef's wares. His response was always the same - a loud "very, VERY good!" Perhaps if he were still doing this el excelente bit, Nigella would have been a little less miffed!

                    1. Saw it. I thought she handled his over-the-top gags well..it was clear that she thought it was "over-the-top" as well.

                      Nigella has gotten a bit fatter than she used to be....always an hour glass figure, but now just much more so. Has she had another kid recently?

                      Watched her show today.....she was not as relaxed as she used to be (in my opinion) and I thought she chose a crappy meal....too much canned stuff. Oh food network...when will we see a REAL CHEF with real cooking skills?

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                      1. re: melly

                        I thought there was something off about her show; her "Nigella-isms" almost made me squirm. It was almost as if she was trying too hard to be Nigella and, as you said, not as relaxed.

                        Her trifle looked ok, but that chili and cornbread dish was not appealing. Only hot peppers for chiles and the cinnamon in the cornbread didn't do it for me.

                        And I'm just not interested in watching Nigella make guacamole.

                        1. re: emily

                          That's the menu from her debut show. I didn't find the chili appealing either. Seemed to combine the worst elements of Cincinnati and Texas chili, through a postwar ration British filter.

                          Maybe nasty British food is making a comeback?

                      2. First of all, let me say that I was pleasently surprised to see Nigella for the first time. I think that she is a gorgeous woman......perhaps this is the main reason that I tolerated the annoying behavior of Letterman. Besides being a lousy interviewer, Letterman is a grossley overpayed CLASSLESS boor. He gives America a bad name.
                        I thought that Nigella was very very patient with his BS. He could have made a few humorous remarks, but that's it.
                        Perhaps, Amanda Peet could have helped some by not laughing and giving him a stern look.
                        Anyway, I am looking forward to viewing her new show.
                        PS. Letterman should get out of the business and learn to choose the proper socks for his suits.