HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky gets profiled by GQ this month. The author, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, follows Pinsky as he prepares for his HLN show, hangs out with Adam Carolla and tapes an episode of “Loveline,” the long-running radio show that first put him on the map.
Soon he will have an even busier schedule, when his daily talk show on The CW debuts late this year.
Suffice it to say, there is lots of color in the piece:
Unlike Dr. Phil, with his bootstrappy southern straight talk, or Sanjay Gupta, with his numbing self-seriousness, Drew’s persona has always been that of reluctant participant, a kind of “Well, since you asked me, I’ll answer” stance.
…With Dr. Drew, he’s expanded beyond the cycles of recovery and relapse to the whole news cycle, and on this May afternoon he’ll be talking about the death of Osama bin Laden, its impact on our kids, and the autobiography of Jesse James, Sandra Bullock’s cheating ex-husband.Drew and I sit in his undecorated office, stuffed with suits, his ties dangling from the shelves, and we try to chat as he preps for the show. His producers burst in at least eighteen times. One, wearing a beanie and, for reasons undisclosed, two pairs of glasses, reads over an intro for the September-11-and-your-teen segment. “Good, but too many words,” he says. “It won’t come off natural, trust me. Come back with less words.” Later a brusque veteran who used to work with Jerry Springer pops in: “Could you write me a prescription for this skin thing I have?” Drew obliges.