I’m not going to sit in an air-conditioned studio in New York City just because Wall Street is down the street. I am going to get up, get on a plane and walk all over that area.
I report to [NBCUniversal CEO] Steve Burke, who is the most supportive boss I’ve ever had. I think one day I told him, “We’re going to try this big, live, musical event for the holiday,” and he went, “Great.” He did unconditionally support it, but left it to us to figure out how much it was going to cost. At one point, I think I said to him, “I have no idea if this is going to sink or swim. It could be a disaster, and it’s not inexpensive. So we could be looking at a big, financial miss.” And he goes, “That’s OK. Let’s see what we get.”
I usually call my wife after each broadcast and ask her if she got it… if she picked up the points I was trying to make, because if she did, then I know I did my job.