Trust me ... I’m a gossip guru
RICHARD Reid was described as the ‘‘most likely to write a gossip column’’ in his high school yearbook.
Reid might have wanted to be an actor, but his classmates had him pegged.
After leaving Oregon with the aim of making it in Hollywood, he realised he was a better showbiz commentator than performer.
While the rest of Australia sleeps, gossip guru Reid is busy gathering Hollywood’s hottest news for Channel 9’s Today show.
While he’s no stranger to the latest celebrity dramas, Reid is also aware people are doing it much tougher than John Mayer and Jen Aniston.
As part of the Domestic Blitz team, Reid is in the business of bringing happiness to the lives of Australians who have fallen on tough times. While Shelley Craft, Scott Cam and company set to sprucing up a house each week, Reid takes the people under his wing for a spot of pampering and one-on-one.
‘‘The show is rewarding to me in ways I never thought,’’ Reid says of Blitz.
‘‘What it’s done for me emotionally and spiritually is it’s opened my eyes to the fact people go through really hard things.
‘‘A lot of people say, ‘You did so much’ and I’m like, ‘You know what? I took them for a car ride, got them an outfit and told a couple of jokes’,’’ he adds.
Reid says his strength lies in the ability to interact with others, and that’s something the Domestic Blitz producers have harnessed.
His ability to communicate is also evident in his showbiz reports for Today.
‘‘I was luckily born with the gift of the gab, I will talk to anyone,’’ he says. ‘‘I think they have been able to take the best of me and parlay that into something great.’’
Reid says he’s enjoying balancing his time between Hollywood and Australia and his roles on Blitz and Today.
But he’s all too aware of the fickleness of showbiz and is selfeffacing in his appraisal of it.
‘‘I always think one day I’m going to come in and they will say, ‘Carson Kressley’s here, bye bye Richard’,’’ he says with a laugh.
Balancing act: gossip guru Richard Reid straddles two continents.