E!’s The Answer Bitch broadcast her 100th episode Monday — a fairly huge milestone given that podcasting is such a wee little baby of a medium.
As the deliverer of delicious dish, Answer Bitch Leslie Gornstein tells FBLA her own celebrity has come with a price.
“It can be really, really exhausting, when you’re a media sensation, what with all the kids screaming your name and trembling, and tearing out their hair in worship at the mere sight of you, whenever you appear in one of those tiny colorful video squares on the Internets,” she says. “It’s my blessing, and my curse.”
(No, that’s not a typo. She says “Internets.” She’s from Philly.)
As for the future, Leslie says, “I just hope the kids can learn to temper their emotions a bit. It’s not healthy. They’re gonna kill themselves if they don’t cool it. But I can’t stop the train, you know?”
We know. And we wouldn’t want you to. We’re enjoying the ride.
E! ONLINES THE ANSWER B!TCH TO AIR 100TH BROADBAND EPISODE
AND ATTENTION MUST BE PAID!
First E!-Produced Podcasted Show Reaches Milestone
Los Angeles, April 17, 2007 â€“ On Monday, April 16th, The Vine @ E! Online will air the 100th broadband episode of THE ANSWER B!TCH, tackling the 100 most important, burning questions entertainment fans have about how Hollywood really works. With 100 episodes in the can, E! Onlineâ€™s THE ANSWER B!TCH has become more than just a riotous broadband question-and-answer show â€“ it is a multimedia gossip-fest that can be seen and heard on satellite radio, podcasts, broadband video, cell phones and on MySpace. Hosted by the fearless, scandalous and always hilarious Leslie Gornstein, this show has developed a cult following, gathering an audience of half a million readers and thousands more fans across all the different multimedia platforms.
“Leslie Gornstein’s sharp humor and fearless answers to fans’ toughest entertainment questions has drawn a loyal following for The Answer B!tch,” said Edward Zarcoff, Vice President, Programming, E! Networks. “More and more people are turning to E! Online to fulfill their craving for entertainment news and watch their favorite personalities. We are continuing to build and expand our broadband offerings as we celebrate the overwhelming success of The Answer B!tch.”
“America has greeted me as a liberator, and I agree,â€ said Leslie Gornstein, host of E! Onlineâ€™s THE ANSWER B!TCH. â€œIt can be tough delivering that white-hot poker of truth, week after week, into Hollywood’s collective eyeball, but it’s what the kids want. And you can’t say no to the kids.”
For more than three years, Leslie has answered viewersâ€™ questions with unabashed honesty â€“ a style that has won her a legion of fans. In her 100th episode, Leslie will recap the â€œ100 Ultimate Questionsâ€ sheâ€™s been asked, along with the answers you wonâ€™t want to miss, including such gems as:
Do stars get paid their $20 million in one check, or installments?
Why is everyone blonde?
How can I tell the Olsens apart?
How many nannys does it take to raise a typical celebrities child?
The Answer B!tch column first premiered in February of 2004 and quickly became one of the most popular features on E! Online. Based on the columnâ€™s popularity, in 2005 the network launched a podcast, the first for E!, that debuted in the top 10 on the iTunes Music Store. This podcast soon became a weekly satellite radio show, available to almost 15 million subscribers, and then a raucous weekly video show featured on The Vine @ E! Online, the networksâ€™ broadband channel serving more than one million streams a month And if thatâ€™s not enough, THE ANSWER B!TCH also has thousands of friends on MySpace, and shares her video adventures with them via her page at myspace.com/answerbitch.
Leslie Gornstein is a Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter and writer of miscellany whose work has appeared in the LAT, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, etc. She also wrote a feature that is the basis for a horror film called The Dibbuck, currently being produced by Sam Raimiâ€™s Ghost House Productions.