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Rob Shuter: Nice with Spice

Photo courtesy of Rob Shuter

 First in a three part series.

Rob Shuter talks about other people for a living.   The twist?  He actually likes the celebrities whose ups and downs are chronicled in his column.  Does this mean that Shuter is “celebrity friendly”?  Rob prefers to describe his reporting as “celebrity fair”.

The Naughty but Nice columnist applies a dinner table standard to his reporting.  “If it’s not something that I would talk about with friends in the cafe, I won’t print it.  If it’s not appropriate, I won’t talk about it.”  That doesn’t, however, mean that Shuter is a pushover.  When celebrities fib, and they do, they’re challenged with a quiet “Now that just doesn’t sound right.”

Rob insists that this is the right time and he’s in the right place to deliver gossip of the kinder, gentler variety.  Mean just isn’t selling well this century.  When asked if his comments refer to firebrand Perez Hilton, Shuter replies, “Ooh, Voldemort, he who shall not be named!”

Nice seems to be working out well for Rob.  In just a few weeks, he’ll film the pilot for a new cable television show, “Naughty but Nice”, based upon his Popeater column of the same name.  The format?  Think Chelsea Lately without the edge.  The thirty minute show will include a 15 minute chat between Rob and his media colleagues, a 10 minute celebrity interview, followed by 5 minutes of audience questions.  The nicest (Brad Pitt is very tall) and naughtiest (Brad Pitt has terrible skin) tidbits of the day will be shared.

Rob confesses that he loves his job.  He enjoys talking about the stars that we all love, and likes to give his readers a laugh, even if those laughs sometimes come at the expense of celebrities like TLC reality show queen Kate Gosselin.  Which celebrities does Rob most admire?  He respects those who are most difficult to reach, those stars who prefer a quiet corner bar to the New York City hot spots.

And which celebrity would Rob most like to see naked?  “Lassie. I hate dogs in those silly coats!  Wink.”  Come now, Rob, that just doesn’t sound right.


Coming Thursday:  Rob Shuter on Taylor Hicks

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Louise #

    I was really looking forward to this interview. It’s terrific! Thanks THN. Can’t wait to see what he says about TH.

    July 14, 2010
  2. TMW #

    I had no idea about his show coming up. Will definitely tune in. I love Rob’s humor and “wink” the way he dishes on PopEater. Looking forward to the other parts of this!

    July 14, 2010
  3. Sherri #

    Nice! I didn’t know about the pilot, but will looking out for it!

    July 14, 2010
  4. juliegr #

    Loved the comment about Lassie and dogs’ coats in general. The blog has been very entertaining.

    July 14, 2010
  5. skeeter226 #

    Very Nice!! Looking forward to parts 2 and 3! 😉

    July 14, 2010
  6. margaux #

    Part 1 is excellent, Rob has the right attitude toward celebrity news, a pleasure to read.
    I’m looking forward to parts 2 and 3.

    July 14, 2010
  7. carolinfl #

    I will be watching. Love following you on twitter.
    I can’t wait to see Taylor Hicks on your show.

    July 14, 2010
  8. Thanks for this sweet little interview. So, nice guys really do finish first. There’s hope for us all! 🙂

    July 14, 2010
  9. skeeter226 #

    Umm..guys? How can I put an AVI here? Thanks! 🙂

    July 14, 2010
    • You have to join and get a profile. Then you can upload an avitar.

      July 21, 2010
  10. Dee #

    Oh I hope his show works out. I love him on Twitter .

    July 14, 2010
  11. Nicholas Russo #

    It’s always great to hear about reporters such as Rob who actually enjoy what they do for a living! Looking forward to the next two parts!

    July 14, 2010
  12. san #

    Bravo for the nice guys! Good interview. Looking forward to the next part.

    July 14, 2010
  13. juliegr #

    Lots of hints recently about a television opportunity. Wonder when we’ll get some concrete information,

    July 15, 2010

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