October 21, 2019
ACTRESS/COMEDIAN WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
JOINS ‘TAMRON HALL’ TO DISCUSS HER JOURNEY TO
‘THE GOLDBERGS’ AND PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION
Other Guests on the October 21 Show Included Leslie Morgan
Author of The Naked Truth; And Marlon Anderson, A High School Security Guard Whose Controversial Firing Is Making Headlines Across The Country
Wendi McLendon-Covey and Tamron Hall
Wendi McLendon-Covey on “Tamron Hall” HERE
On Monday’s October 21st edition of “Tamron Hall,” the talk show host spoke with Marlon Anderson who shared, via Cyberhall, his recent termination from his job as a security guard at a Madison West Highschool in Madison, Wisconsin. Several weeks ago, Anderson was called in to help the assistant principal escort a disruptive student from school grounds. After the student started yelling expletives at him, including the “n-word,” Anderson asked the student to stop using the epithet without using it himself -- but finally said the actual word during their interaction. Ultimately, school officials determined that Anderson abused the school’s zero-tolerance policy for use of derogatory language and he was terminated a week later.
The news sparked national outrage, a local student march and captured the attention of music icon, Cher who offered to pay Anderson’s legal fees if he decided to take legal action. During his conversation with Tamron, Anderson shared the importance of acknowledging the power of the racial slur saying, “We have to educate ourselves about the history of the word. It's a very harmful word.” He added: “I try to use any type of situation like this as a learning experience. A teaching moment to bring up the history and teach them [the students], ‘You are so much more than this word. Don’t identify yourself as this word.’”
Tamron also sat down with actress/comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey, best known for playing Beverly Goldberg on "The Goldbergs.” McLendon-Covey shared her journey to stardom and detailed her struggles with depression. She had a revelation in her early 20s that made her pursue comedy, “I was working in a Ramada near Disneyland and I thought ‘I can not do this for the rest of my life. My life cannot be this.’” She continued, “There was a long time when my husband worked two jobs to put me through improv school...It’s very gratifying that it paid off, but there were times that I thought ‘maybe I’m just too old to do this.’”
McLendon-Covey added: “I was diagnosed in my late teens with depression...There were days that I could not get out of bed. I was not moving forward.” She reccounted her path to finding the perfect dose of medication that would help her through the trying time, saying, “That is torture because you’re messing with your brain chemistry. It’s messy. It’s ugly. But you have to find what works for you. I did find what worked for me. I was able to move forward because it stopped the negative tape that is playing... That’s when everything opened up...when I finally got help for that.”
Author Leslie Morgan was also a guest to talk about her memoir, The Naked Truth and shared that after her divorce, she found the best sex of her life. She was later joined by attorneys Ann-Margaret Carrozza and Vikki Ziegler who gave some raw and honest advice on preparing for divorce.
Listings for “Tamron Hall” the week of October 21 are below. Upcoming, highlights include actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry on his history-making movie studio in Atlanta, sports personality Skip Bayless and wife Ernestine Sclafani Bayless on living with a sports-obsessed guy and Allyson Felix on her record breaking gold medal achievements.
“Tamron Hall” Upcoming Listings:
Tuesday, October 22: Mega-star and philanthropist Tyler Perry, who just opened his own history-making movie studio in Atlanta. Plus: Country star and actress Jana Kramer and husband Mike Caussin will discuss how their marriage survived sex addiction and infidelity.
Wednesday, October 23: Sports personality Skip Bayless and wife Ernestine Sclafani Bayless on her new best-selling book about living with a sports-obsessed guy. Plus: two men who went from inmates to successful businessmen - Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread and Andrew Zurica of the successful mobile eatery Hard Times Sundaes. And: Jim Pitzen whose son vanished at the age of 6 in 2011.
Thursday, October 24: Megan Phelps-Roper on her journey from hate to hope after leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, which her grandfather started. Plus: the epidemic of police suicide.
Friday, October 25: Allyson Felix, 2012 Olympic champion who recently beat Usain Bolt’s world record for the most gold medals at the track and field World Championships. Plus: Tamron’s looks of the week.
From the deeply moving to the purely fun, “Tamron Hall” is a daily destination for all things topical and a platform for viewers to connect with the people who are shaping our world through meaningful, engaging, and entertaining conversations. As a new mom, a newlywed, and new force in daytime TV who is proving you can accomplish anything at any age, Tamron Hall brings a refreshing, relatable, unpredictable and unstoppable voice to television.
“Tamron Hall” is executive produced by Bill Geddie and Tamron Hall. Talia Parkinson-Jones is the co-executive producer. The show, which premiered September 9, 2019, broadcasts from New York City and features a dynamic mix of live and taped shows. It is distributed in national syndication by Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, the global content sales and distribution segment of The Walt Disney Company. For times and channels go to www.TamronHallShow.com and follow the show on social media @TamronHallShow.