Trust me ... I’m a gos­sip guru

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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.

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