Friday, June 7, 2013

Mike Holmes and MJ on The Rush

Yesterday, Mike and MJ had a VERY busy day! Part of their very busy day included an appearance on the Canadian show The Rush. While I get the recap on Mike and MJ's day done, enjoy watching this great interview with Mike and MJ. It's obvious that although Mike and MJ were "up and down like a toilet seat" (a direct quote from Mike) they were in high spirits.



I have to say, I just finished watching part 1 and part 2, and these people interviewing Mike and MJ seem very nice and well intentioned, but they were so clueless. I mean that in the nicest way possible, but there's no way around it. Throughout the interview, they kept interrupting Mike with silly comments, bordering on rude. The most egregious case was when Mike Holmes was telling his story about how he fell into doing TV. He was giving the most detailed and descriptive account I have ever heard of how he was brought on at extremely low pay to build sets for HGTV. I was absolutely riveted by his account -- and I mean that! Having heard and read the story hundreds of times, the account gets a little monotonous, but this telling was truly different. Right as he was getting into the meat of the story, they cut him off and changed the subject. Mike, the consummate professional, took it in stride and didn't give it a second thought. Again, I don't wish to be rude to the hosts, but perhaps they should have done a little bit of research into Mike before having him on, and it's such a pity they didn't pick up on what a gem they had and inadvertently lost by not allowing Mike to tell his story. All in all though, it was a great and very relaxed conversation.

Another thing I caught on to is that this interview was a little bit of a therapy session for Mike and MJ, who both made several comments throughout the interview indicating that when MJ was younger, he didn't spend a whole lot of time with his dad. I've heard Mike say in previous interviews that he wasn't the greatest dad to his kids in the past because he worked too much. But the hurt and regret they both expressed had a positive uptick in the sense that although Mike wasn't the most attentive dad when MJ was younger, they're making up for lost time now, and the lessons that MJ missed out on as a kid are being taught and learned now as an adult. There are so many people who can relate to that, and it would be great if Mike and MJ would be open in telling that part of their story more often. I think it would help a lot of people who are in similar situations.


  1. Wow what happened to professional journalism? They seriously talked over Mike and MJ on more than just the rant you posted above. Why are they in TV other than to boot their egos...I wanted to smack the guy he was more unprofessional than the woman. And where is the filter on that guy, some seriously unnecessary and rude commentary. ~Lilly

  2. Good interviewers ask brief questions & listen to the replies. It seems these two were more interested in promoting themselves than their guests.

    Mike can handle these types & doesn't get to ruffled up over it. With the thousands of interviews he's experienced he's used to dealing with dorks every now & then. Not every interviewer is a student of Walter