RS on ET and the headline that followed

Rick Springfield was on “Entertainment Tonight” last week and the interview was held during the five-day fan getaway at Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Florida. With a glass of red wine in hand, RS had his interview, which emphasized his special connection with his fans, the fact that he’s “an ’80s heartthrob who is still going strong,” his role on “True Detective” and his upcoming movie with Meryl Streep, “Ricki and the Flash,” which comes out this summer.

Since it was such a short interview, there was no mention of his memoir or novel – both New York Times Best Sellers; his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; his upcoming CD; or his Stripped Down Tour, which he’s doing at the same time as his full-band tour. But don’t worry, there was plenty of time for the important stuff:
When the reporter asked him what touring is like now, as opposed to 30 years ago, his reply was, ” I get [bleep!] a lot less.”
And that was the headline.

If you have seen a RS show, you’ll know that his words seem to come out unfiltered when he’s on stage. (And typically the audience loves it.) And those who read his autobiography know that his touring days in the ’80s did indeed include a lot of [bleep!]. So him saying that he gets [bleep!] a lot less, is much more tame than the headline makes it appear to be. He addressed his infidelity in his autobiography, along with many details about his early touring days, so to many it was just a humorous comment in the interview. During his live shows and in interviews, he talks about how much he loves his wife and how lucky he is that she’s stuck with him all these years so on one hand, it may surprise some people to hear him make that comment, but on the other hand, that’s also his sense of humor and his wife was there so it’s pretty clear that it was a joke.

The details of their relationship aren’t anyone’s business but theirs, of course, so this is more just a commentary on ET’s use of headlines. It’s not a surprise that that’s what they decided to go with because it’s all about the clicks and that certainly gets attention. But is it necessary?

Just for fun, here’s an ET interview from 1988:

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