Channel 8 has been in its current building around 28 years. If you look closely enough you can go on your own little archeological dig finding remnants of the past. I was reminded of that when Nellie Andreeva writing on Nikki Fink’s Deadline: Hollywood mentioned Sally Jessy Raphael.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is looking to return to television and will chronicle her quest for another TV gig in half-hour comedy mockusoap I’m Still Sally.
Please tell me you remember. Please don’t make me feel this is an old reference.
Twenty some odd years ago Sally moved her daytime talk show from St. Louis to ‘a limo ride from New York City.’ She and her gang set up shop at Channel 8 and taped a few seasons of the Sally Jessy Raphael Show here.
It was very exciting to have a show with a national reach right there in our studio. Daytime talk wasn’t quite as sleazy then. Sally had some big name guests and America’s first talk show with an all nude panel¹.
I read about Sally tonight then ran to the one piece of her set that still remains (see below). We’ve literally built into it meaning it’s going to be around a long time.
Larry Fitzgerald who edits in Hollywood, but was working in New Haven at the time saw the photo and said,
“Ah, vacu-form in its natural habitat. Kind of like a dying coral reef, slowly shrinking to nothing.”
Sally, as long as it’s here we’ll never forget you.
¹ -Trust me, they should have rermained clothed!