Thursday, April 12, 2007

Terry Gross sucks

No one, except for maybe Neifi Perez and George W. Bush, gets more success and acclaim for doing a crappy job than she does. Terry Gross is a terrible interviewer. If you're on the radio on stations all over the country and have a famous radio show, you shouldn't be using "um" and "like" in every sentence.

She is the queen of the painfully obvious statement. Such as saying something to Sacha Baron Cohen like: "Your humor is based on making other people feel uncomfortable." And that's not nearly the worst.

She is so freaking pretentious and overrated. The way she says "Frr-ESH Aairr" is enough to deserve banishment from the airwaves.

I would love to have someone comment on why they (or others) think Terry Gross is such a great interviewer.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Terry is a very good interviewer. I have listened to her interview people for over ten years and she always puts her interviewees at ease and has a very self effacing nature. The focus is always on the interviewee not herself.

Of course no one is perfect but her interviewing style is relaxed and quite a few people like it, even with all of the "ums" and "likes."

If you want to know why she does not "suck," you have to listen to the Gene Simmons interview. Yes, as in KISS. He was THE worst Interviewee ever. Any other interviewer would have gotten up and left.

Also take a listen to the interview she did with O'Reily. That was also a little gem. At the END of the interview he gets so mad and insulted, although he has been there for 59 min., that he storms out. What a dramatic ending especially since he waited until he got his point across and promoted whatever he was promoting at the time and then stormed. Classic!

Most people like professionalism and she is pretty professional considering that some people have personally attacked her for doing her job.

Listen to her again with a "fresh" set of ears and see why so many people like her.

Kathy Schrenk said...

Please leave your name when you comment. I thought I had banned anonymous posts...

Rachmiel said...

I love radio. I love NPR. I pay them money.

Terry Gross is awful. Stilted, obvious, wooden, lame . . . HOW, oh how, does she get such famous people to agree to sit through her shlock-itude.

If you can, find the interview she did with James Brown (may his memory be for a blessing). It's beyond embarrassing.

usr said...

She Stinks! How about her pronunciation of 'because'? It drives me bloody nuts whenever I hear it.

patternbased artists said...

i found this blog entry by searching for 'terry gross sucks'. every once in a while i realize i dislike some so much that i need to find others that feel the same. they have to suck pretty bad though. so far, i think i have only done it for carlos mencia, moby, and terry gross. if you like mencia, you have terrible taste in humor. if you like moby, you have bad taste in music and if you like terry gross, you just have bad taste in general. terry gross IS gross. so painful to listen to stumbling over words and interrupting her guests. how is she on the radio?

jeanius said...

Am I the only one? Or does it drive anyone else crazy the way that Terry Gross is persistent in mentioning her guest's name everytime she asks a question. As in, "Well, Bill Ayars,how did you know Barack Obama?" or "Thank you, Bill Ayers, for your candid reply."
Enough already! We know who she's talking to. I guess she has to keep reminding herself.

para said...

I just think she asks plain dumb questions too often. Every once in a while she will ask a really good question. But most of the time I just wish that I was listening to Charlie Rose.

It's not an easy job though, doing several interviews each day, coming up with enough stuff to talk about to fill that time and keep an audience entertained.

She is at her best when she is completely prepared with a slew of in depth questions ahead of time. She is at her worst when she just simply seems unprepared and has to ask a lot of "and how did you feel about that" type drivel.

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Louise Collins said...

Super annoying chick, an overrated sycophant. She acts like a giddy school girl as she does her fake-giggley ass-kiss rodeo with a lot of unfinished sentences,- restarting questions half way through and a lot of "um" and "er". "Really!?" after all these years in broadcasting, still stuttering.

I'll even take Larry King over her, he's notorious for not preparing but he melts into the background and lets his guests chart a course. Terri inserts her own lame "notice-me" but "see-how-humble-I-am" chemistry constantly.

She's like one of those tenured teachers who performs badly but we can't get rid of them. A chick like her could have this career nowhere but NPR.

tedrocker said...

terry gross makes my skin crawl and she basically asks questions which are answered in the opening description of the guest. thumbs down. the name gross is completely accurate. ack

Sho Nuff said...

She doesn't ask actual questions but, rather, makes statements. She reels off rambling, imbecilc harangues. Then, at long last, she'll raise her voice in the fashion of a question. Plz comment if you've noticed this.

jd hsu said...

Here you go, Terry Gross in 10 lines of code.
Let's pressure NPR to replace Terry Gross by this
code. No one would see the difference.

M.V Venkatesh said...

So there are people who feel the same way about Terry Gross. She is grossly overrated. Her repeat shows should be called "Stale Air". She is constantly on NPR here in the SF Bay area. When I lived in NY at least I didn't have to listen to her because she was on at odd hours. I moved back to the bay area after ten years and there is again hogging the radio waves in prime time. Her interview subjects are mostly unknown, her interviewing style is totally bland yet people think she is a top interviewer. How I miss Michael Enrite of As It Happens fame on CBC. Now there was an interviewer.

Alicia said...

I've decided she is good at interviewing non-celebrities. I enjoy when she speaks to authors, etc. She doesn't understand people sometimes. Her interviews with Quentin Tarantino and Tracy Morgan were horrible because she has no clue what they are really about. Maybe she needs to interview only those celebrities she knows something about so she won't ask stupid questions. I guess her "at ease" style us supposed to make me feel like, hey, I could interview this famous person too. Thanks for the post, I needed to vent about her.

Unknown said...

I have to agree with quite a few of these comments, I think her grammar and her Valley girl lilt at the end of every sentence, especially with celebrities drives me NUTS!! So Much so I called the station to complain about her grammar. If you listen to her interviews from years back, she is more mature sounding, her grammar is quite a bit better and she actually asks a question without going on too long and stammering before she spits it out!!

Unknown said...

I could not agree more. Her current Wiki entry says she's famous for researching her guests. Yeah, well...she spends more time making statements to sound smart than asking questions and letting her guests talk. Whenever she does ask questions, I've heard her ask the same question two or more times on numerous occasions! And she doesn't listen to the answers. She's too anxious to pipe in with her statement or to she's trying to think up another question. Ugh.