This is one blog I never thought I would need to write and although this might be “much ado about nothing,” I suppose it is nice to write a blog that is not vital to anyone’s health and that confirms that someone is actually watching my shows. When I first went on TV almost 20 years ago, my primary concern wasn’t the color of my shirt, but whether fear would prevent my mouth from working and therefore prevent me from talking on national TV. My second concern was, even if I managed to talk, would anyone tune-in to watch my shows? Fortunately, I managed to speak on live TV and folks must be watching my shows or no one would comment on my shirt color. It is hard to believe that this discussion about my blue shirts has gone on for almost two decades, but recently, with the help of the Internet, it has only increased. Hopefully today’s blog will put the matter to rest. Amid all the major issues in the world, it is good that this controversy is of no consequence beyond hopefully causing a few smiles. This blog should answer all related questions since it was written by me and that would make it a pretty reliable source of information regarding my choice of clothing.
I have always heard and constantly read that the reason I wear blue shirts is because my eyes are blue. That is false. Well, it is true that my eyes are blue (no tinted contacts), but that has nothing to do with my choice of shirt color. I have never sought to make my eyes look bluer with blue shirts. Does that even really work? Anyway, if my eyes were brown, I would still be wearing blue shirts, since my choice of blue shirts comes from a much simpler source and one that, if you know me, you will understand. Remember, I am a science guy and research is what helps me make decisions. So, when I was scared to death about going on national television a couple of decades ago and I had no idea what to wear, what do you think I did? Research! I read articles about newscasters, spoke to folks who go on television and I basically did my homework to determine what would be the best color(s) for television. I even went “scientific” and researched what colors are best reproduced given the optical characteristics of television cameras, television sets and their interactions with the human eye. All of this research from a multitude of different sources, as well as simple observation of TV newscasters, talk show hosts, etc., led me to one and only one conclusion: Blue. White, very light colors, black, brown, dark colors in general and most detailed prints or patterns do not reproduce well on TV. Blue is where TV always excels and where our eyes ability to perceive excel as well. So, given that I was about to go on TV, I chose not to go against the grain and I followed precisely what the science and the experience of others indicated as my one and only choice to appear my best on TV – Blue. Mind you, I am not Brad Pitt or George Clooney, so I need all the help I can get when you’re watching my shows. Therefore I have chosen Blue pretty consistently over the years although during most visits at HSN the color, hue and intensity of the Blue can change dramatically. And sometimes, if I go way outside the box and get truly wild, I throw in a green, violet or turquoise shirt. Of course, when I do so, I hear the comments, but please rest assured that my blue shirts are merely chosen to help the broadcast be as visually pleasing as possible, so as not to detract from the important information I share.
By the way, I have no “wardrobe consultants,” no personal shopper, and HSN does not plan my wardrobe. I personally shop for all the shirts and ties you see. They are neither custom-made nor custom-designed. They are the same brands that you would purchase straight off the rack at normal department stores or at bargain prices at the factory outlets here in Las Vegas. The sum total of my wardrobe consultation team is when my Goddaughter, niece, mother or others tell me, “that shirt or tie looks…great, terrible, etc!” I am sorry to be somewhat disappointingly normal in that regard.
I hope this helped…or at least made you laugh.
See you soon. Best of Health!