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TV host connects with fans

Elizabeth Handley shows TV host Leeza Gibbons a personal scrapbook Thursday night at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Westlake. Gibbons has authored a book about scrapbooking and released a scrapbook line of products. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

By Kevin Kelley

Westlake

Leeza Gibbons didn’t know any of the people who came to her booksigning session Thursday night at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Crocker Park. But after spending just a few seconds with each, it seemed as if she had known them for years.

She credits that characteristic to her parents, who both loved talking and listening to other people’s stories.

“After so many years of dong talk shows, I learned that we all just want to be seen,” Gibbons told West Life. “I don’t even think we care that someone agrees with us as much as we just want someone to see us for who we are. So I really try to be open to see people for who they are because everybody’s got a story.”

Gibbons said the message of her book, “Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” is that each person should write the story of his or her own life.

The former host of “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra,” Gibbons said while she enjoyed her years in entertainment reporting, she has no desire to go back. The field is very competitive now and has become “a very difficult shark to feed,” she said.

“It would be difficult for me to do it again because I feel that some of it would be too invasive for me to be effective in that genre.”

Today Gibbons is the co-host and executive producer of “America Now,” a consumer newsmagazine program airing weekdays at 9 a.m. on WOIO.

Asked what types of programs she would like to be involved with in the future, Gibbons described a show with a life coaching theme that would mix career advice with makeup and wardrobe tips.

“My mantra is ‘know where you’re going, look good when you get there,’” Gibbons said. “And my dream would be to have a show that looks at that duality. “

Gibbons, who established a charitable foundation for those facing dementia following her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, said she’s also interested in health and medicine.

“While I have zero training, I would love to do a show that had a little bit of ‘Dr. Oz’ going on, because I like that subject matter and think it’s challenging.”

 

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