Rick Yaeger: Welcome, I’m Rick Yaeger. Your host for “One Question Interviews.” The show where I ask famous people curious questions.
Today’s show surprised me. My guest, Bob Guiney, The Bachelor. He’s a guy you can always count on for a laugh and a smile.
Though this interview was certainly a lot of fun, his answer was deeper and more thoughtful than even he expected. Check it out.
Rick: Hey, I’d like to welcome my guest today. He’s just a small town boy. Born and raised in south Detroit. You know him as “The Bachelor.”
He’s also the host of “GSN Live” on well, GSN. You can catch him on SiriusXM 102 on “The Happy Hour,” (NOTE: The show is no longer on SiriusXM but is now “Bob & Jessica LIVE” found HERE) as well as HGTV’s “Show House Show Down.”
If you don’t know who I’m talking about, it’s Bob Guiney. Welcome him.
Bob Guiney: Thank you man, thanks for having me.
Rick: Well, thanks for coming on the show. I can’t believe I got you. Tell the folks what you’ve been up to.
Bob: It’s been crazy. I’ve been really busy doing a lot of stuff. I have a daily show now on SiriusXM (NOTE: The show is no longer on SiriusXM but is now “Bob & Jessica LIVE” found HERE). That’s a blast.
My co-host, Jessica Hall, she’s adorable. The two of us have a lot of fun together. We call it “Happy Hour.” It’s actually a couple of hours of happiness.
It’s pretty much daily talking about what we do, socially, and what’s going on in the world. All that kind of stuff with a little sweet but mischievous point of view, I suppose. So busy with HGTV. Loving the show there.
“Band from TV,” we just finished our visit to Niagara Falls. Our annual pilgrimage up there, to the Great White North. Had three sold out shows that were great. Had a blast. Raised a bunch of money for charity. It’s been a busy and good 2013, thus far.
Rick: Thus far. Well you mentioned Band from TV. We have a common friend in Mr. Gregory Phillip Grunberg, known as “Grunny,” from “Heroes,” from, “The Client List.” You’ve got a few other guys in that band, we might recognize?
Adrian Pasdar, who was on “Heroes,” with Greg for many years. Now, he’s doing the “Adventures of the Amazing Spider Man,” and other things.
We actually had a special guest this year. We had Stephen Collins, who was on “7th Heaven,” who joined us this year. Of course Grunny, who you mentioned earlier.
Grunny and myself and Jamie and actually, Hugh Laurie, at the time, was the first four guys that made up “Band from TV.” It’s grown pretty considerably since then. Hugh joins us when he can, but he’s off doing his own stuff, too. So we all try to stay really busy with it, but it’s a great cause and a bunch of great friends.
Rick: And a great band.
Bob: Thank you.
Rick: It sounds bad, but I was surprised you guys were so good. It’s a charity band and it’s a bunch of celebrities, and you say, “Well, I’ll give them a try, but obviously — it’s for a good cause. That’s why we’re listening.” Then they start… and your hair gets blown back and a real show kicks off, and it’s just an amazing show, just so entertaining, just so good.
Bob: Thank you. I always jokingly ask, “How many of you out there thought we were going to suck?” They’re always pretty honest. A lot of them do. But thankfully they don’t generally think that at the end. We’ve grown into a good band and Scott and I both had music before we’d done television, so we started in a different realm. But it doesn’t make it any different. Greg is as passionate about playing the drums as any drummer I’ve ever met. So it’s…
Rick: Oh yeah.
Bob: …Great to get together and play.
Rick: And you, too, are with Scott, just the two of you.
Bob: Oh yeah, Scott and I go up on our own, more for the fact that we had always been songwriters. The best thing about “Band from TV” is we’re “familiar faces, playing familiar songs”. Scott and I were kind of itching to get back out and play our original stuff.
So the two of us really connected and we get along great and we sing really well together and write really well together, so we started playing some of our own original stuff and then playing some stuff we played together as well, and it’s been a blast. We tour a lot, the two of us as well.
Rick: Very cool, very cool. Well, as you know, the show is called “One Question Interviews.” We’ve been chatting a bit but I haven’t asked any questions yet.
Rick: I have almost 1,000 different questions ranging from the profane to the profound. I’ll choose one at random and you’ll answer it, either seriously or in a funny voice or whatever you want, and then we all go home happy. Sound cool?
Bob: Sounds great.
Rick: OK, well, I’ve got to get my randomizer here.
“It ain’t going to happen. What are three things that you will never see in your lifetime?”
Bob: That I will never see in my lifetime?
Bob: Well, you know, I’ve got to be honest with you. This is a tough one, because lately, everything that you think you’d never see — you hear people getting trips to the moon with Virgin, different things of that nature. I would hope some things that I will never see, and this might sound bizarre, but I don’t want to see a one-world currency. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see a one-world leader. And I don’t want to see a one-world religion.
I would think, ultimately for me, not a funny answer at all, but actually things that I think about a lot of times. I think that the joy, obviously some of the beautiful things of the world we live in today, and they can also be tragic things at times as well, are things that cause a lot of problems. Currency seems to be one of them. Religion, certainly, is one of them, a hot topic.
I think ultimately people are passionate about maintaining their autonomy and maintaining their individuality and being proud of the nation that they’re from and the nation that they live in. I think, at the end of the day, that’s probably three things that we will never see, will be a one-world leader, one-world currency and a one-world religion.
Frankly, I hope we don’t, because I think, ultimately, at the end of the day, what makes this world really beautiful at times is when all those cultures and all those leaders and all those different things, religion in particular, come together. I think that’s one of the things that makes it overwhelming and beautiful.
That’s probably things that we’ll never see, but I think I’m actually glad that we won’t.
Rick: Yeah, our diversity is our strength. You agree?
Bob: Yeah. It’s sad, but true. There’s a lot of things that probably come as a result of having all these different cultures and different, everything that interacts, religion in particular. If we got rid of it all and had one uniform thing, I think we’re pretty close to what George Orwell probably was thinking was going to happen in the first place. We don’t need it.
Let’s keep it individual, but let’s try to get along and keep it together in some way, shape or form, too.
Rick: Wow. That’s an awesome answer.
Rick: Totally. You never know what people are going to say when you throw these questions. There’s so many questions, so many ways it could go, but that was a better answer than I could have imagined anyone coming up with.
Bob: Wow. Thank you.
Rick: Very well done.
Bob: Gosh, I was a little more serious than I anticipated myself being. [laughs]
Rick: Me too, but it’s so good. Thanks, Bob. What else can I say? Always good to chat and hope you come back again on the show. It’s just starting, but I’m already inviting people back. [laughs]
Bob: It would definitely be my privilege to come back on, Rick. I love all the stuff you keep doing with Grunnie and all the great things that you guys have been able to do together. Keep up the good fight. I’m always proud to be a part of anything that you guys are doing. Thank you for having me.
Rick: Thanks, man. You can check out Bob Guiney. You’ll see him, talking about repeats of GSN live, but check him out on SiriusXM 102 on the “Happy Hour” (NOTE: The show is no longer on SiriusXM but is now “Bob & Jessica LIVE” found HERE) and also on HGTV’s “Showhouse Showdown.” You can also follow him on Twitter.
Of course all of these links are right here below my face, but you will also be able to find them in the show notes for easy clicking at onequestioninterviews.com.
Everybody, this is Rick Yaeger for “One Question Interviews.” Thank you so much for watching. Check back next week. Bye, bye.