Ten of the best of Lands­berg’s whack­i­est mo­ments

Toronto Star - - Sports -

On- and off-screen clas­sic mo­ments from Off The Record’s first decade. 1. Hockey leg­end Boom Boom Ge­of­frion wasn’t too fond of host Michael Lands­berg (left) or the show. Dur­ing a com­mer­cial break, he told his wife, “Go warm up the car, we’re leav­ing.” 2. Naked­News.com re­porter wanted to do the show in the buff and con­tin­u­ally threat­ened to re­move ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing. The crew wouldn’t let her. 3. Fig­ure skater Toller Cranston asked Roger Cle­mens why base­ball play­ers are so fat. Cle­mens ac­tu­ally gave a plau­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion why. 4. Chastity Bono fell asleep in the green room and then again on the set. Her pub­li­cist went to wake up her and then turned to the pro­ducer and said, “I don’t want to touch her. You do it.” 5. Kiss mem­ber Gene Sim­mons claimed to have slept with 4,500 women and openly flirted on-air with fel­low guest Thea An­drews, who said she didn’t want to be num­ber 4,501. Fel­low guest Mark Tewks­bury then raised his hand to vol­un­teer. Sim­mons de­clined the of­fer. 6. The late Roger Neil­son re­ceived a phone call in the green room prior to a tap­ing, an­swer­ing with, “Yep, uh huh, okay, no prob­lem.” Af­ter hang­ing up, he turned to Lands­berg and ex­plained he had just been fired by Bob Clarke. Neil­son still did the show. 7. A for­mer CFL and NFL player told Toronto mayor David Miller off cam­era that Toronto is a bet­ter city than Ottawa be­cause “it’s eas­ier to get crack here.” 8. For­mer Argo Gene Mack and ra­dio com­men­ta­tor Liam Maguire al­most came to blows be­fore Lands­berg begged Mack not to hit Maguire dur­ing a com­mer­cial break. 9. Au­thor Naomi Klein walked out of the makeup room when she re­al­ized the en­tire show was not about her new book. 10. The list of de­mands Meat­loaf re­quested for his ap­pear­ance in­cluded 30 cans of diet pop.


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