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O Magazine Phil Donahue

O Magazine interview

2 Sep, 2002

Donahue gives his thoughts on his talk show Donahue coming to an end in an interview with O Magazine.

I was anxious to walk. We’d lost our venue at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York (where the show had moved in 1985). I would tell anyone doing a show today to get 30 Rock. People from all over the world get off the plane and go there. We had smart, multiracial, international studio audiences—young people, daughters, mothers. We didn’t have to pull teeth to get their participation. It was the biggest natural high I could have. But then we moved to the New Yorker Hotel, across from Madison Square Garden, which was the opposite.