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In Defense Of Sam Heughan

September 6, 2017

In Defense of Sam Heughan

Actually, I do not need to defend Sam Heughan.  He is perfectly capable of defending himself.  So, why am I writing this blog post?  It’s not to defend Sam but to pose some questions that might be on the minds of several of you today.  WARNING: Soapbox moment ahead!

I was so looking forward to seeing Sam on Live with Kelly & Ryan.  I never watch the show but I thought it was pretty great that they were having Sam on to promote Outlander Season 3 and perhaps his new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. So, what could be better, right? Outlander gets a real promo push and so does Sam! Instead, what I got was a childish, inappropriate interview by Kelly & Ryan.  I was so unimpressed and the more I thought about it, the more disgusted I became. Here are my observations from that interview:

  • The interview starts with Kelly asking Sam about his new movie which Sam responds to briefly, mentioning it had just wrapped and giving the name of his co-stars. Kelly nor Ryan ever ask the name of the movie or give Sam a chance to discuss his new movie further.
  • After that, they go immediately to the Q & A.  Please allow me to paraphrase. Ryan asks if Sam wears a kilt.  Kelly asks what Sam wears underneath the kilt.  Kelly says “Then, it’s an open air situation?” Ryan asks if Jamie & Claire think each other are dead.  After Sam tries to answer the question, Ryan says (with an uninterested sigh), “Suspenseful, yeah.”
  • After that already humiliating round of questions, they go to the extremely tacky love note ending with Kelly reading her own love note.

I don’t know this for a fact but I’m guessing Kelly & Ryan have never read the Outlander books or even watched the series. If they had, they would appreciate Sam’s tremendous talent and would not have treated his interview with such frivolity. They would have understood the wonderful story of Diana’s books and how the STARZ series brings them to life.  They would never have made Sam into simply a kilt-wearing sex symbol. They would have at least talked about Season 3 instead of saying “Were those explosions real?” Really? Was that the best Kelly could do after viewing the promo video?

Here are my questions:

  1. Was it appropriate for Kelly to ask Sam what he wore under his kilt?
  2. If the answer is yes, would it have been fair play for Sam to ask her what she was wearing underneath her dress?
  3. If the answer to #2 is no, why not?
  4. Should Kelly & Ryan ask Caitriona what she wears under her skirt?
  5. If they do ask Caitriona what she wears under her skirt, would it be appropriate?
  6. I’m going to speak to the women right now. How can we, as women, expect to be treated with equal respect as men plus demand we be looked upon as something more than sexual objects when we are doing the same thing to men?

Bottom line. For me, there was nothing even remotely funny or relevant about that interview.  Call me old fashioned but the interview crossed the line in all sorts of ways. Outlander wasn’t promoted, Sam wasn’t promoted, except in a sexual way, and the Outlander community as a whole was demeaned. Why do I say demeaned? Because obviously it’s believed in some circles that all we Outlander fans care about are two things – sex and what Sam is wearing under his kilt.  I’ve said this before but there is so much more to the Outlander story than sex. And although I’ve never met him personally, I know from other view-worthy interviews that there is so much more to Sam Heughan than sex appeal!  Of course, Sam took it all in stride. Honestly, what else could he do? He was his same, gracious self but he should never have been subjected to that type of interview.  I just hope the interviews to follow this week for both Sam & Caitriona are, as Mrs. Fitz would so aptly say, a bit more.

Time for me to step down off my soapbox now and let you talk.  How do you feel about Sam’s interview on Live with Kelly & Ryan? Please leave your thoughts below in the comments and you don’t have to agree with me.  As always, thank you for reading!

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  • Reply Theresa Williams September 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Totally agree! The whole interview, and I use that term loosely, was frivolous nonsense. I felt for Sam, truly, but he was a gracious guest as always. Outlander is a multifaceted story. It has just about everything and the writing of Diana Gabaldon is nothing short of genius. Looking forward to Sunday!

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Yes! Sunday can’t get here fast enough!!! Thanks for reading and commenting, Theresa!

    • Reply Brenda Duty September 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      You could see the look on Sam’s face- what a shame, considering the fan base in the states. I don’t watch that show or others like it, the only draw was Sam. I have no reason to return to it either.

      • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm

        Agree, Brenda, and thank you for commenting!

      • Reply Rose May 15, 2020 at 8:31 pm

        I agree totally. Kelly and Ryan should be ashamed of themselves. Sam is a brilliant actor and I wish him well in all aspects of his life. No one else could have ever played Jamie. Love you Sam!!

    • Reply Kathy August 11, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      6/11/20. A little late for this but I just need to say. Ryan is fine usually but Kelly is driving me crazy. She takes too long to get her thoughts out. She repeats what Ryan says trying to make it her thought. She talks over Everything and everyone. Enough is Enough. Reign her in or get rid of her. I am not going to keep watching unless the spoiled brat shapes up or leaves.

  • Reply Lynda September 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I agree! Of course, I have never liked that particular morning show. My first reaction to the kilt speculation was that I thought the topic had been deemed off-limits along time ago. It is a boring, predictable question that should never have been asked. The sex appeal of the Outlander books and series goes far beyond the physical attributes of the cast. The genius lies in character development, the accompanying dialog, the stunning desciptions by Gabaldon, and the deliberate coreography. It stems from the contrast and interweaving of social mores that are two centuries apart. The interplay between Jamie’s loyalty, devotion, and rightious innocence and Claire’s modern sensibilities, feisty determination, and ultimate submission to an overpowering emotional connection, makes one pause to reevaluate what relationships are really all about. Step to the side, I will gladly share your soapbox.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Well said, Lynda! I’ll gladly share my soapbox with you!!!

    • Reply Robyn September 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Very well put. The character development, interplay, humor and bonding are so wonderful to watch.

  • Reply Alice September 6, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Perfect soapbox speech. That so-called interview was awful….and I wish someone would please let Kelly and Ryan know how disgusted the Outlander fans are. I doubt if I watch the “interview” with Cait tomorrow morning. I’ll just wait to see it on Youtube to limit the unfortunate exposure to Kelly and Ryan.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Same here, Alice!

      • Reply Nancy McCulley September 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

        It is a terrible frivolous show, I wonder why “the powers that be” booked him on the show (never again, I hope) , hope Cait knows what she is in for tomorrow, it will be interesting to see what they ask her.
        The last time I watched was the last time Sam was a guest, this time was much worse.
        Our King of Men was is usual friendly and gracious self….to bad it was such a waste of his time.

        • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

          I hope the powers that be never book them on that show again! So humiliating. Thanks for commenting, Nancy!

  • Reply Kathy Payne September 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I agree with you wholeheartedly!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply Linda Crafts September 7, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I have never understood the appeal of that vapid, banal woman. When Sam and Cait, as well as other cast members are interviewed by a host with intelligence, we learn so much about the process and their thinking behind their character development. It’s one of the reasons I like all the Gold Derby interviews. I don’t even enjoy the little “games” they have to play…although they participate in good spirits. It is so complex to adapt a book, especially one as beloved as Outlander, that I am endlessly fascinated by engaging interviews.

    I hope The Voice does a better job.

  • Reply Judy Hixon September 7, 2017 at 8:27 am

    My two cents:
    I believe that someone, either Kelly, Ryan, or production person, has heard about Outlander and its many followers and decided to “get in on the action.” They just wanted to increase their viewership, which they did????. Sam was gracious as always, but looked uncomfortable. I noticed that he never really settled in the chair, but perched at the edge of the seat.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

      I noticed that too. He never looked comfortable and especially not after the kilt question. Maybe I was reading more into it than there was but that was my perception.

  • Reply Colleen Bacon September 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I stopped watching Kelly long ago and it sounds like I made the right choice. Very good blog and soap box speech!

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Colleen! I try to stay off the soapbox but sometimes I cannot help myself!????

  • Reply Lainie September 7, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I used to watch that show when I was home in the summer, but I can’t stand Ryan Seacrest. I thought when Sam was booked for S2 (with Kelly and guest host Fred Savage) that they did a good job. That piece the other day was ridiculous. It seemed to me that they were overbooked and that was why the “interview” with Sam was so short. It felt like “we have to do this because he’s booked but let’s get on to the more well-known guests.” Nothing meaningful or interesting about it. I have my DVR set to record today to see Cait. I hope for her sake and the fans that it is a better experience.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Couldn’t agree more, Laine!

    • Reply Nancy September 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

      It seems they would have known the popularity of Outlander and Sam by the audience participation and number of fans there to see him. I guess when you have narcissistic tendencies you think everything is all about yourself!

      • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm

        I never watch the show but now I wonder why anyone does if the whole thing revolves around Kelly. I’m definitely not a fan.

  • Reply Nancy September 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Beth, you are totally ‘spot on’.
    First of all, like some others who have commented here, I do not care for nor do I watch that show due to its silly format and self-serving theme. To me, there is nothing funny or cute about it. I did watch in order to see Sam, and I was surprised by how it went…even for Kelly & Ryan. (I have read comments leaning toward that show being in trouble.)
    I am proud of how Sam handled the way things went. Would not have thought he would do otherwise! Boy, I would love to know what ran through his mind, however!

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      I would love to know too, Nancy. He is too much of a gentleman to say it out loud, I think.

  • Reply Dusty Beard September 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I agree! At some point Sam actually blushed! I watched when Sam was on the show previously, it was a better interview. The show is an hour long but they spend 30 minutes rambling so no wonder they don’t have time for serious celebrity interviews. I literally just turned it on to see Cait and it is 9:37 and commercials are on and she is up next. It is really fluff!

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Felt bad for Sam! Like I said he can take care of himself but I hate he was subjected to that.

  • Reply Kristen September 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Haven’t watched the clip, but by your description, I’m glad I didn’t. What an unfortunate experience for Sam Heughan. I completely agree with your points, Beth…the kilt question was tacky and entirely inappropriate and disrespectful. Bless his heart…sounds like he handled it with utmost professionalism and kindness, although who would have blamed him if he had responded with a little snark 😉

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I wonder what Kelly would have said if he had. Fair’s fair!

  • Reply Joyce September 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I agree totally with your rant! I was first of all taken aback by Kelly’s announcement that Sam was a Medieval Man. She had the wrong century– it showed her lack of intelligence and insulted him at the same time. Kelly showed her lack of preparation and unprofessional behavior.

    I also noticed that Sam did not truly sit in the chair but perched on the front–maybe hoping for a getaway?

    Normally I would also not watch that totally frivolous and shallow show except for Sam appearing. I have also seen so many other intelligent interviews with the entire cast. I truly hope that Caitriona will fare better this morning, but am not holding my breath for intelligent questions and true interest from the hosts.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      I noticed the same thing about Sam but thought maybe I was reading something into it that wasn’t there. I haven’t watched Cait’s “interview” yet. I do pray it was better.

  • Reply Barb Wismer September 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

    No question about it! I always thought that Kelly (and whomever else was on) was a pretty lightweight, but hadn’t realized she was so bad until that interview (and I use the term loosely!). Just horrible – I think the whole community should apologize to Sam. Thanks for writing this!!

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I’m not holding my breath on an apology but I think one is definitely in order.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      And thank you for reading, Barb!

  • Reply Linda Zipp September 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

    It was a laughable excuse for an interview. I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. I purposely DVR’ed the show so I could bypass K and R’s vapid conversation before Sam’s appearance and then not have to watch afterwards.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      I watched just the interview on YouTube. So glad I didn’t waste an hour of time watching it live!

  • Reply Andy September 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Just watched Caitroina’s interview. Night and day. Stories about her life I had never heard including how she almost missed her opportunity to test. No empty BS. No repetitive, silly questions about the show. Nicely done. Wonder if the mess that was Sam’s turn was an example of ‘slap the stud’ syndrome? And while I agree that Sam is always gracious, I have noticed a difference in his genuineness that seems to depend on the quality of the interview. Anyone else? Ah, well. On to THE VIEW.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Andy, I haven’t seen Cait’s interview yet but I’m glad to hear it was better. I do wonder if the backlash made Kelly & Ryan change their game plan with Cait or is that the way they treat men in general? Don’t watch their show so have nothing to compare Sam’s interview to.

  • Reply Elaine Rosoff September 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Totally agree with your blog. Never watch but did for Sam and now I know why. Silly , stupid and a waste of everyone’s time. I would suggest he refuse to go on again. The aol was good but Sam is not stupid and it would be nice to hear what he thinks.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Agree, Elaine! I’m not him but I think he should refuse to go back on that show unless they agree to treat him with respect for the wonderful actor and person that he is!

  • Reply Andy September 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Don’t watch them ever. Only made an exception after seeing the uproar about and then watching Sam. I don’t know what turned them around, but I know that the exception I made will remain an exception. I did notice the real difference in Sam’s demeanor as compared to say, Tuesday evening with Lynette Rice at the premier. I am looking forward to watching Colbert tonight, though I am beginning to think that this is all getting close to overhyping. These last days are taking forever. I think I’ll start on your list.

  • Reply Jacqui Page September 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I started to watch it and was just appalled with the demeaning of Sam’s talent so I switched it off. Now I’m glad I didn’t watch it based on comments above. I know they need to promote the show but could they not use intelligent people to do it? The folks who read and watch Outlander are not vapid airheads. Good on you for the rant, Beth.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Jacqui! I agree! It was a slap in the face to everyone – Sam, Diana, the show and the community. Be glad you didn’t watch the whole thing!

  • Reply Bullrem September 7, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    All those before me have pretty much said it all. Like you Beth I never watch Kelly and whoever ( I see why there is a lot of whoevers) After this extremely poor taste in what is suppose to be a classy show – I do not plan to watch it again. The hockey player got more respect than Outlander, Sam and Herself. Gilman needs to read your blog. Helen in Ark

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thank you for your comment, Helen. I didn’t watch with Cait but heard it was a little better than Sam’s interview. It couldn’t have been any worse.

  • Reply Karen Mathis September 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Just now catching up, but that interview was so bad, I didn’t even finish watching it (not even for Sam would I subject myself to that). Kelly and Ryan are two of the most infantile hosts I have ever seen. I wish Sam would have just walked off the set, but I guess he would have received a lot of heat for that. No one should be subjected to the type of behavior they exhibited. I hope neither Sam nor Cait are ever booked on the Kelly & Ryan show again.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 9, 2017 at 9:15 am

      I hope the powers that be think twice before booking them on that show again. Thanks for commenting, Karen.

  • Reply Juanita Courtney Paull September 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    The reviews were so negative that I did not even bother watching the interview. I never watch Kelly anyway – I always want to duct tape her mouth. 🙂

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

      You didn’t miss a thing, Juanita. Duct tape might not be strong enough! LOL!

      • Reply Donna Herrera January 10, 2018 at 7:42 pm

        I watched that interview that day. It was a horrible, uninformed, childish “interview”. Ryan was clearly not interested and had no knowledge of the show. Think back to when Fred Savage was there. It was a wonderful, fun, intelligent interview. I felt badly for Sam having to endure the behaviour of Kelly and Ryan. What idiots. I am relieved that so many folks writing on this site saw this too. I only wish these comments could reach their eyes. Thank you for finally giving the opportunity to speak of that incident.

    • Reply Gayle Laroche January 9, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      It was an awful interview. But the year before, when Fred Savage was the co-host, it was very entertaining and funny. I really enjoyed it.

      • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

        It certainly did nothing to promote Sam as an actor or Outlander as a serious drama. Thank you for reading and commenting, Juanita!

  • Reply Sue Howell September 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    What an intensely disrespectful and demeaning treatment of a guest on their show. I don’t watch daytime TV, I saw it on youtube and truly was physically uncomfortable watching it. If I hear another question about “under the kilt” I am going to scream! How demeaning and sexist! The hosts know clearly next to nothing about the series. This series is so much more than the romance and the sex that takes place. It’s history, intrigue, fantasy, adventure,costuming, locations, writing, etc. The research that DG did is impeccable and admirable. These actors bring that to life for the screen. They need to be respected for their talent and craft in taking all of us on this journey that DG has created for us. Compare this debacle of an “interview” (and I use the term lightly) to the Build AOL interview and you can distinguish between night and day. Sam was so very gracious and accommodating. I may be in the minority when I say this but Sam H. wearing a kilt is not what makes me watch this series. Yes, he is certainly attractive and Caitriona is lovely, but the meat of this story is what attracts me to it. It is astounding to me how little acting experience they have and what a tremendous job they have done with some very gritty and heavy material—They ALL need to be respected for the last episode of Season 1 alone! The story is becoming so much more adult and thought provoking ( I am on book 5). I personally like to watch the Ron Moore commentaries and interviews, as he holds the big picture of what he wants to bring to the screen from DG’s books. I hope that this doesn’t occur again as it does a vast injustice to this actor and his talent. PS–I have never been invested in a TV series or series of books before in my life ( I am 61)–it feels a little alien to me, I find myself being very protective of the story, the characters (not just J & C), the actors (all of them) and the author. As Ron Moore said, the great stories take you to the unexpected. In my case, he was certainly right.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 9, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Thank you for your comment, Sue. What you said is exactly the way I thought. And I, like you, am very protective of the story. Diana didn’t mean for it to be fluff and fodder.

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  • Reply Dawn September 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I totally agree. I think you have read my opinion of the interview on FB. And you’re right, he’s a big boy. He can take care of himself. One of the many aspects of the situation that was sad was that he was a “guest” basically in their “house” and he was treated unfairly. What happened in that “interview” (if that’s what you want to call it) is what I would classify as a form of bullying. (Asked about under garments and then to bare his chest? Horrors!) He was gracious…but defenseless. What could he do? He was there to promote a show. Notice that he never fully sat in the chair..only on the edge…like he was ready to bolt any second. It’s almost like he was already uncomfortable. The body language was just “off”. Ms. Rippa acted like an attention craving adolescent….me, me, and more me.
    I think their presentation of Sam on the show as the Fabio commando kilt wearing sex symbol just goes to show how shallow their thinking is. I would like to believe DG’s writing is quite significantly deeper than that. Her main characters ARE married. Sex is part of marriage. I would like to think that their husband/wife relationship is attractive to us because it’s based on things we can relate to.
    It was just a really unfortunate situation for him and insulting, I think, to what DG has created.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Dawn. I totally agree with you too!

      • Reply Donna Herrera January 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm

        Excellent words. Maybe if interviews were conducted properly with respect and knowledge, Sam and Cait would have a better shot of winning awards they so richly deserve. Kelly and Ryan’s show is terrible and should be axed.

        • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

          Agree, Donna! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  • Reply Jessica Holmes September 9, 2017 at 1:25 am

    I couldn’t agree more and felt the same way about that horrendous interview. Thank you for writing this!

  • Reply Marie September 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Personally, I think Kelly Ripa has passed her expiration date and the choice of Ryan Seacrest to be her cohost was insane. I haven’t watched since he came onboard, but watched for Sam and was embarrassed for him. He deserves so much better than them!!

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Oh, I love the “expiration date” comment. Yes, I believe she definitely has. Thanks for commenting, Marie.

      • Reply Kathe Repasi January 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        She is also an airhead and probably could not understand Diana’s fabulous books if she did read.

        • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:05 am

          LOL! Well, I hope she is a bigger person than she appeared in that interview.

  • Reply Linda Crafton September 11, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I couldn’t agree more! I thought all the ‘talk show’ interviews frivolous and lacked any intelligent questions by the interviewers. The best interview I watched was on BUILD. The questions and answers were very interesting and informative. It was a great 30 minute interview and a very good and informed interviewer.

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for commenting, Linda. I haven’t watched the one on BUILD but plan to and am glad to hear that it had substance. There’s been so much stuff coming out regarding Outlander in the past week that my head is spinning!

  • Reply Sharon September 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    The interview was a disaster. Some one must have clued Kelly and Ryan in because when Cait was interviewed they both did their homework and asked insightful appropriate questions. They even let Catriona answer. Is their anyone out there that doesn’t know about Sam’s kilt wearing habits,?

    • Reply Beth Pittman September 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for your comment, Sharon! I’m sorry it took me so long to respond! I agree with you totally! And thank you for reading my blog!

  • Reply Claudia Farr January 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Amen sister. I felt exactly the same way. I’m so glad you wrote this. You should send to abc. It’s a terrible show I hope Sam and Cat never go back. They have no clue how to interview people. NO CLASS !!!!!! Sam was incredibly patient with their stupidity. Thanks again. Great article

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Claudia! I think the interview struck a chord with most Outlander fans and it wasn’t a very good one!

  • Reply kara January 9, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I did not see the interview but I am a huge fan if both the books and the series. My husband is from Scotland and I am always hugely offended by the comments Americans make when he is wearing his kilt. They always ask what is underneath. It is so rude and insulting and ignorant. There have even been times when people try to pull up his kilt to look underneath. Kelly and Ryan are nothing more than ignorant, embarrassing Americans who should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 8:59 am

      That’s terrible, Kara! I’m sorry your husband has to endure that. Respect goes both ways with men and women. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  • Reply Kim Davies January 10, 2018 at 10:37 am

    i, too, felt that “interview” was a waste of everyone’s time. I have also had the same thought about other female hosts that have popular male guests on their shows. One day they are complaining about the lack of respect for women, the next they are fawning all over and making inappropriate comments to an attractive of popular male guest. Painful to watch.

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

      I agree, Kim. We as women must also respect men. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Reply Rhonda caldwell January 10, 2018 at 11:51 am

    You have hit the nail on the head …i saw that interview and I was shocked and surprised that Kelly and Ryan conducted an interview that way !! For me OUTLANDER is not only about kilts or sex etc. To me it’s about a strong woman who will fight and love to be with the one she loves !! It’s about history and connections!!

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:03 am

      Absolutely agree with you, Rhonda. It was as if they did not take Sam or the show seriously. I felt so bad for Sam having to endure that.

    • Reply Bonnie Haymore March 25, 2018 at 11:37 am

      I am so glad you wrote about this so called interview. I watched just because Sam was on the show (I normally do not watch it). I was soooooooo disappointed and embarrassed for Sam. And like you, I thought the love note portion was just sickening. Of course Sam is a heart throb and very handsome, but Sam is a very good actor and should be treated as such. So many people act like he is just a good hunk of meat. I really do feel bad for Sam in a lot of his interviews. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

      • Reply Beth Pittman March 28, 2018 at 7:53 pm

        Thank you for your kind words, Bonnie! I think this interview hit a nerve with a lot of people – Outlander fans in particular – but it should have hit a nerve with everyone. I’m hoping, like you, that Sam will soon get the right kind of recognition – which he deserves!!!

  • Reply Kathe Repasi January 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you for this post. Intelligence here as on the I Love Outlander site. ???? My Dad was from North Carolina and the place names in the books are familiar. New Bern, Nouse River (so?) etc. my Grandmother lived in Oriental, NC and was the first female postmistress there.

  • Reply Donna January 10, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Would like to put Kelly’s ass n the battlefield of Culloden or taking care of the injured

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Hey Donna. I’m hoping she has learned from the incident. I have a feeling there were a lot of complaints to the show about that interview.

    • Reply Kathe Repasi January 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      And why do I have to sign in each time I wish to reply?

      • Reply Beth Pittman January 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

        I’m not sure? What are you seeing on your end?

  • Reply Holly January 11, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I wish I would have seen this sooner ! I have watched nearly all of the promo interviews on various stations and felt the same about all of them.. did any of them ever see or read an Outlander anything . They couldn’t get beyond the stereotypical first questions much less go to follow up ones. I have great frustration in our amazing stars, all cast and production for being overlooked for much deserved awards . Here is my theory …. the different award givers are awarding on the basis of approval of the role played/produced and not the acting /production of said role. There is an acceptable category and a rejected one. Claire’s role is more acceptable because she represents a strong woman , Jamie’s is not a TODAY man …. that’s why we love him!!! I believe his ROLE is rejected and therefore Sam , he’s chauvinistic, but fulfills his manly role, he rejects homosexual advances , big no no today, and he makes most men of today look like pussies, and that’s why we love him!!! Can we desire more in a man today?

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Holly. I tend to agree with you. I don’t understand how Sam (and Tobias) were overlooked for their roles – especially in Season 1. That was acting at its finest! The last two episodes I cannot rewatch – that’s how realistic they are – and that is great acting!

  • Reply Pascal Fougeray January 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I thought talk show hosts did some research on their guest. It was rude is what it was

  • Reply Wendy February 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I’m glad I missed that interview as I would have been disgusted as well. But as my Mama used to say, “consider the source “. I’m sure Sam has encountered these type of classless asses before and “considers the source.

  • Reply Lana Budvarson March 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    One word Pathetic.

    • Reply Beth Pittman March 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Two words – you’re right! Thanks Lana!

  • Reply Kacey March 21, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I didn’t see the interview but this horrible. They obviously know nothing about this show or books. Kelly probably couldn’t even read the books. They’re both stupid and silly.

    • Reply Beth Pittman March 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

      My thought is that neither Kelly or Ryan had read the books and possibly never watched the show. It was terrible. Thanks for the comment, Kacey!

  • Reply Linda March 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I too was disgusted. I am glad you put the whole interview in perspective so eloquently. You are absolutely right in everything you say. I think Sam deserves a lot more respect. Good thing he knows his Outlander fans support him.

    • Reply Beth Pittman March 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you for your kind comments, Linda. I hope that type of interview never happens again!

  • Reply Mc July 4, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    It’s been a while, but I saw the interview and have never watched the Kelly show again. Kudos to Sam for being so polite regardless. I always believe in karma. The letter was rediculous and I was embarrassed she was reading it. Kelly Ripa is an ass. Now everyone knows.

  • Reply Frances Yancey August 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Beth, I realize this is an old post but I agree totally. I’m not sure if I responded or not. I can’t imagine what Sam thought sitting there having to put up with such stupidity. They are terrible interviewers. I never watch shows like that and only turned in for the interview. I won’t tune in again. They had no understanding of what outlander is all about. One person mentioned that Jamie rebuffed LJG. It is still acceptable to tell someone that you were not attracted to in that manner. But the point is is that Jamie move from that point to being friends with John. and that is very modern.

  • Reply Lori Bell October 18, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I agree with you… I almost never get the chance to watch tv, Netflix is my go to but I did catch this interview and was NOT impressed by any means. Sam is an incredibly talented actor, yes extremely handsome and a real do-gooder with his Peak Challenges but this interview did NOTHING of any importance for him , or them. I think everyone saw the interview as a waste of Sam’s time to be there and not have the chance to discuss anything relevant.

  • Reply Kandice Gremillion October 25, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I agree, Kelly & Ryan did a poor job and you are right, obviously never read one of the books or watched the show. Sam did a great job putting up with them, and dealing with a hectic promotion of “The Spy who Dumped Me” and stayed true to himself, which is one of the things I love most about him, he is humble, sweet, kind and generous. He is a class act all the way, a gentleman and oh yeah, sexy as hell, but he’s not JUST sexy, he’s also a great actor.

  • Reply Lainie October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

    He will be on the show again on Nov. 1 to promote S4. Let’s hope they do a much better job this time.

  • Reply Lola October 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I too have been shocked to see the reverse sexism with Sam… it’s totally unacceptable behavior and it’s coming from all directions from a lot of places… his acting is exceptional and yet most times it’s not even referred to.
    I am so glad I am not alone in seeing and condoning this kind of behavior. The man deserves a lot more respect than that!

  • Reply Pamela Houston February 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I saw that interview as well and was totally unimpressed. I only tune in to programs such as this when someone of interest is scheduled but this one was particularly disappointing. It seemed the main objective was to make it a comedy skit with the love letters. Sam doesn’t deserve that type of treatment. I’m sure he’s scheduled for those programs to promote his soon-to-be released work. This didn’t accomplish that at all. Never heard anything about his feelings on either project. His work speaks for itself, more could have been accomplished if they’d just shown trailers.

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  • Reply Deanna Baron June 21, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I did not see the interview but have never been impressed with the show. I believe Sam was shown disrespect and hope he doesn’t think all Americans are as shallow as those two are. However I have watched the Outlander series his acting is phenomenal and so happy he got awards for it.

  • Reply Lisa Palmer-Caban March 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Well, I found my way here through Pinterest and I’m glad I did. I hail from the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Northwest Georgia and Ryan is from my state. I was soooo disappointed and disgusted by his and Kelly’s handling of the time that SHOULD have been spent interviewing Sam. He is a hardworking, feet on the ground, accessible actor (something Hollywood is in serious short supply of) and he and, frankly, all other guests to their “show” deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and common courtesy. I am usually at work Mon-Fri but happened to be off and saw that Sam would be a guest, so I watched. I was embarrassed and irritated FOR him. If that ‘s all they are capable of, they should leave the interviewing to REAL journalists. IMHO

  • Reply Joan M Oppenheimer March 7, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    So after 4 years and Outlander season 6 just aired, Sam goes back on the same show and Ryan Seacrest asks the very same stupid question. Kelly was not on but was replaced by Maria Manounos (sp?). Once again Sam is doing press for season 6 but for the life of me why did he go back to that show. He was on Jimmy Fallon and GMA others all of who handled it so much better. Sam Heughan is now a star, an award winner and much more. He’s is talented, gifted an entreprenuer, philanthropist and so much more than gorgeous hunk of meat. They should do some homework. I only watch that show bc Sam was on but never will again as they are soooo inane.

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