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The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows

Laura Grindstaff


He leaped from his chair, ripped off his microphone, and lunged at his ex-wife. Security guards rushed to intercept him. The audience screamed, then cheered. Were producers concerned? Not at all. They were getting what they wanted: the money shot. From “classy” shows like Oprah to “trashy” shows like Jerry Springer, the key to a talk show's success is what the book calls the money shot—moments when guests lose control and express joy, sorrow, rage, or remorse on camera. In this new work, it takes us behind the scenes of daytime television talk shows, a genre focused on “real” stories told by “ ... More

Keywords: money shot, talk shows, live tapings, television, guests, mass media, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226309095
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Grindstaff, author