Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Jimmy Philbin, longtime Late Show security staffer, is a familiar sight to CelebriGum fans. Day in and day out, in all kinds of weather, he welcomes arriving guests and escorts them inside. He appears in many of the photos I've taken.
What you don't get from the photos is the verbal abuse Jimmy often has to endure from celebrities. Mr. Funny Nice-Guy Newsman Brian Williams is one of the worst offenders, and this particular day was no exception. I heard it all from the window:
"No more watching the CBS Evening News! I don't care what network you work for! I'm a special friend of the Late Show, dammit, and that means you watch me on the NBC Nightly News! You understand me? I know powerful people! One call from me and Obama puts you in Gitmo! Oh, and check out my new show, Rock Central, moving to Wednesdays at 9, 8 Central, as of February 8th, on NBC! You got all that, punk?"
Jimmy, thanks for your extraordinary patience in the face of such childishness.