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Friday, November 24, 2006

Tyra Banks: One Classy Lady

After watching Monday's (Nov. 20) triade against Clay Aiken by the Ripa-Crit, how refreshing to watch a host demonstrate how a show should be done. Trya is one classy lady and treats every one of her guests with respect, even the ones I've seen be downright venomous towards her.

If you watched her interview with Clay on November 22nd you heard him tell her he had cleared her set of nuts because of his allergy. Now she could have gone all divaish and had a hissy fit but she didn't. She turned his allergies into a comic routine that had everyone laughing. Trya - you go girl.

More clips of Trya's interview with Clay are on YouTube here.

On the subject of where Clay's hands have been, one fan had this to say.

Where the Hand Has Been
In response to Kelly Ripa’s comments that she doesn’t know where Clay’s Hand has been, I may be able to address that issue and hopefully eliminate any of her fears. You see, I am a student of that Hand. I’ve made it my point to learn where it has been in the past, where it may be at any given time of the day, month or year and to speculate where it may be going from this point forward. No, I am not a stalker; just a fan.

I have learned that from the time Clay was a baby, that Hand (like the Hands of most children) has been held firmly by his mother. I am sure there were times as a youngster when he may have felt he was giving her as much in comfort as she was in guiding him since a single mother often only has the touch of her child to remind her of love. From early on, the Hand was reminded to join with the other Hand as he knelt in prayer. Faith is an important part of the Hand’s life, you see.

The young adult Hand didn’t go many of the places the Hands of many of the places adolescents seem to go these days. It wasn’t seen rolling a doobie, drinking with friends, hanging with a gang or falling prey to unfortunate peer pressure. Rather, it was living a good life in a relatively small town where it learned the importance of family, education and service, most often at the YMCA where he worked and volunteered. At that time, the Hand was introduced to the Hands of a young man whose disabilities would lead Clay to an important goal in his life, working to insure educational and societal opportunities for children who otherwise would be misunderstood or lost along the way. Decency and Service are also dominant factors in the life of the Hand.

From that point on, the life of the Hand seemed to take on a life of its own. Once the beauty and the voice of the man were exposed to an audience much larger than the one in his hometown, it didn’t take long for the Hand of the son, student and community leader to realize that he had been given a special gift from God. The Hand has been wrapped around a microphone in recording studios and concerts to entertain and bring joy into the lives of his fans. The Hand has been seen making a sweeping gesture at those times to bring to the forefront back-up singers, band members and even members of his audience. Sharing; yes, that is another element of the Hand’s existence.

But this is not an ordinary Hand. Having accomplished fame for his talents was not enough. Now, the Hand was put to Clay’s purposes in life, the first of which being the establishment of TBAF to raise awareness for children with educational disadvantages and to promote inclusion of them in areas of life most of us take or granted. The Hand was seen at countless telethons and fundraisers for charities other than his own. It went to Capitol Hill a couple of times to speak before our nation’s leaders about the importance of medical research for a cure for autism and the enactment of laws to protect the rights of children who are disabled to the same quality educations as those without disabilities. Whenever there was a time of disaster, you could count on the Hand to be there to assist as a UNICEF ambassador to analyze report on the devastation of a village in Banda Aceh as the result of a tsunami or the needs of a child in Uganda left homeless, hungry and in peril due to the ravages of war. Service takes a major role in the life of the Hand.

So you really don’t need to worry about where the Hand has been. It has been and no doubt will continue to go wherever a good Hand is needed. Even at its early age, it has gone places and accomplished deeds that boggle the mind of this older woman. I have little doubt the Hand will travel to many more places during its lifetime, to entertain, to teach, to observe and to promote. The Hand is placed firmly in the Hand of a greater being. It seldom makes a decision without first going there for advice and guidance. That comforts me, as it should Ms. Ripa. It gives me no reason to worry about where the Hand has been but much to anticipate as to where it is going. .... Cincy15

More about Clay's hands at the ConCLAYve blog.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tyra Banks interview was fantastic!

Clay looked great! I liked the switch sides interview of her by him.

What a lucky girl to be snuggling with him on the couch.

Did you see him checking her out several times?

By far, the best interview I have seen with him. I love Tyra!

November 24, 2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

He does like looking at pretty girls. No doubt about that.

After all the recaps by fans who were in the audience the day this interview taped I was wondering how the producers and editors would manage to pare it down to an hour without loosing the flavor of the whole interview. Kudo's to them for doing a great job.

I really enjoy watcing her show. She handles some tough topics with class and grace and never makes any of her guests feel less than welcome. The interview she did with her friend who was beaten up in NYC almost had me in tears, and I don't cry easily.

The one she did with the mother and two daughters who were calling her all kinds of names had me wanting to reach through the screen and put my hand over their mouths. Tyra was nothing but class with them.

It's no wonder she and Clay hit it off. They are both so down to earth, real and class acts.

November 24, 2006 1:10 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Well well well, look what ET says.


Partners in spoof TORI SPELLING and CLAY AIKEN steal the show at the AMAs!

November 24, 2006 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really made Kelly look like a total buffoon especially when all the entertainment shows and I do mean all of them showed Kelly doing the same thing to Regis and once to Slimon.

Clay looked very nice in his vest.

November 24, 2006 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I love this blog.
You blogged everything that I have been wanting to see. I wanted clips of the Tyra show and I so wanted someone to blog Cincy15's post.
Thank you so much.

Clay was so happy with Tyra on that show. We got nearly 40 minutes and the taping was two hours and a half.
Oh to have the rest of it. Would that not be something.

November 24, 2006 8:02 PM  

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