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Henry Winkler talks about the Jump the Shark episode
October 27th, 2017 under Andy Cohen, Henry Winkler. [ Comments: none ]


I am sure you have heard the expression “jump the shark.” It refers to when a show has climaxed and reached the point of no return, and it is all downhill from there. The reference is from the Happy Days episode when the cast went to California and the Fonz jumps a shark. It was so over the top that there was nothing that the show could do to go back to the way it was beforehand.

It has been 40 years, one month and one week since that legendary episode aired and yesterday Henry Winkler talked about it on Watch What Happens Live. Andy Cohen wanted to knew if the actor thought the show really jumped the shark with that episode. Arthur Fonzerelli told him, “One, we did it in the fourth year and we were number one for the next five years. So I really didn’t care.” Then he added, “There were still newspapers and every time they mentioned ‘jumped the shark’ they would show a picture of me water skiing. And at that time I had great legs!” In other words, take your jump the shark and go swim with one!

When it comes to who he wants to play Fonzie, if they ever do a remake, and he said it is a toss up between Robert De Niro and Ryan Gosling.

Another caller wanted to know which of his Better Late Than Never co-vacationers would he Shag, Marry or Kill. He said he would kill William Shatner, marry George Foreman for his money and shag Terry Bradshaw because he claims to have a lot of money but he does not have a grill like the boxer. On that note, Better Late Than Never will be back on NBC New Year’s Day! I hope I am sobered up by then because I love love love this show that has yet to jump the shark!

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BTWF ads: Henry Winkler for American Airlines
February 27th, 2017 under Before They Were Famous, Henry Winkler. [ Comments: none ]


Before Henry Winkler had a way with the women on Happy Days, he worked his magic on one woman in American Airlines’ Coach Lounge. Don’t you just want to join the Mile High Club with the then 25 year old actor back in 1970?

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Henry Winkler and William Shatner’s memorable moments from Better Late Than Never
September 6th, 2016 under Henry Winkler, NBC, William Shatner. [ Comments: none ]


William Shatner and Henry Winkler along with Jeff Dye, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman spent a month traveling in The Orient visiting 6 cities and they made memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. Tonight at 10p on NBC, they go to South Korea on Better Late Than Never and they almost cause an International incident. Thankfully, they didn’t or we would’ve heard it by now and they wouldn’t be with us to talk about the best show to grace our televisions since The Shat did a little show called Star Trek 50 years ago this week.
While Jeff Dye dropping his phone on the North Korean side of the border was pretty memorable for all of them, The Fonz had another unforgettable memory from that country. When Winkler was in Seoul he got to try one of their delicacies. He revealed to us what it was at a press day for the show, “I realized I was asked to pull an octopus out of a tank. That personal octopus sat and wrapped itself around my wrist and hand. A woman said, ‘Oh, very good.'” Then he added, “I ate it; wiggling, raw. And I didn’t and it’s so interesting. You put the tentacle in your mouth. Umm, good. You have to pull it, because it sticks to the inside of your cheek. But it actually was not bad.”
From tentacles to trunks, he had experience that will remain one of his all-time favorite memories. In Chiang Mai, he made a friend he will never forget. He detailed that meeting as, “I met an elephant. And I’m telling you, this 15,000 pound elephant looked me in the eye, and I looked the elephant in the eye, and I started crying. You felt the dearness.” So much so, “I have a picture on my phone in my house, in everywhere. You see the elephant leaning into me when I’m standing next to him, like he was a puppy. I’m telling you. And this is not hyperbole. It came out of him like a river, this emotion. It was one of the great moments, outside of my children, grandchildren and family.”
Talking about children, Captain Kirk had a run with a kid that reminded him of his Rescue 911 days. The time that stuck with and will forever stay with him is when, “It was a kid. We had a water fight with colored water, and the water was taken out of cesspools that there were a lot of cesspools around and they were fired at us. And during this fight I had my mouth open, and this kid shot this long arc of water into my mouth.” Then he added, “I’ve never forgotten that child since. That child’s face is emblazoned in my mind. I’ll never forget that kid.” Which could be why he told me that if Better Late Than Never was picked up for a second season, he will not going along with them. Winkler on the other is packed and ready to go.
One more thing that both men will never forget is the month that they traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok and Chang Mai together.

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The Fonz, The Shat and Jeff Dye talk about Better Late Than Never
August 30th, 2016 under Henry Winkler, Jeff Dye, NBC, William Shatner. [ Comments: none ]


Last week, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Jeff Dye, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw all traveled to Tokyo with Better Late Than Never and tonight at 10p on NBC they go to Kyoto, Japan and Hong Kong. Looks like some of them might’ve had a little too much Sake and that doesn’t sucke for us.
Kyoto also didn’t sucke for Dye because he told us at a recent press day, it was his favorite city out of the six that they went to while there were there for a month. He explained why, “Because I think, in my brain, when I travel, I want it to be different than anything I know. So any city that reminds me of something I already know, I kind of go, oh, this just reminds me of New York, or this just so I was quick to not dismiss, but to be, like, Tokyo is beautiful, but it feels like something I know.” Then he added, “And Kyoto felt like nothing I’ve ever known before. It was like a very I don’t know, like, it was a small city, and it was rich with tradition. Everyone was so excited to share with us things that I’ve never even heard of. It was just very cool.”
For Winkler what was cool, was the kids. He happily shared, “We met families, we met children everywhere that we went, and there was no language between us…George would sit down, and all of a sudden it was like these children, who had no idea who this gigantic human being was, didn’t understand him, they could have been his grandchildren. They found games to play, and punching, and sitting and jumping. It was truly emotional.”
As The Fonz said, they didn’t know who George Foreman was, but he wasn’t the only one they didn’t know. Even though the four older men on this journey are legends here in the United States, Shatner said it was a different story over there. He revealed that, “They didn’t know who we were, because the shows, certainly the shows I’ve been in, weren’t playing in Asia. And it was interesting. The only people that recognized most of us were American tourists, which we found plenty of, going place to place.” The natives might not have known who there were, but they were all still very friendly to them.
Believe it or not, before the show the octogenarian Captain Kirk had never been to Japan. Why? He joked the tickets were too expensive and no one else bought them for him. Then he got serious as he disclosed what an actor’s life on the road is like, “You know, actors go like, fly someplace, and they go to a hotel, and they do the job, and then you think, the lumpy mattresses and bad food; I want to get home. And you don’t see the location. We go on locations all the time, but never see the location. What you see is where you’re filming and the hotel you’re in, and you go there at 6 o’clock in the morning, and you get out of there at 8 o’clock at night. And I want to get home. My dogs. My dogs.”
My dogs, is how he might refer to his four new friends that he will have for the rest of his life. Dye had to this say about his now old buddies, “I learned something from each of these guys, which is my favorite thing. And maybe that’s just good casting by these guys, or whatever. But everyone had something so much different that I really enjoyed.” The comedian enjoyed learning that Shatner was the bravest and Bradshaw was afraid of everything.
Thankfully, Sake was not one of the things that Bradshaw was scared of because that makes tonight’s episode even more endearing.
Better Late Than Never has proven to be a wonderful show that takes us on heartwarming journey with five men who all got to experience many new things in several new places and came out stronger from it. We get to go along for the ride and laugh with them as we all get to learn things we never knew before about these six cities we have never been to before but will consider in the future. Plus, we get to learn more about some of our favorite actors, athletes and Jeff Dye as they discover each other in a continent of discovery.

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William Shatner one ups a Japanese talk show!
August 25th, 2016 under Henry Winkler, Jeff Dye. [ Comments: none ]


When William Shatner, Henry Winker, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye were in Tokyo, they appeared on the Japanese talk show Pon. The stars of Better Late Than Never had to do some wacky and wild things on it and one of those things was eat something to find out if it is candy or not candy. When the got to The Shat, he got something that looked like a bar of a soap. With a straight face he told everyone that it was candy. The two twins, who were also on it, were so intrigued by that, that they just had to try it. Only problem it was really soap. That is why The Shat is The Sh!t.
So for all of you people who wanted to see the patriarch from Sh!t, My Dad Says with a mouth full of soap, you can now cross that off your bucket list!
On this Tuesday’s episode, they travel to Kyoto, Japan and Hong Kong. See what trouble the fascinitating five get into on NBC at 10p.

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