John McEnroe to host his own talk show on CNBC

Tennis Fool
01-14-2004, 10:57 PM
CNBC to Serve up John McEnroe in Prime Time

Megan Larson

JANUARY 14, 2004 -

CNBC has signed John McEnroe to host a prime-time talk show, it was announced today at the Television Critics Tour in Hollywood, Ca. McEnroe will lead a one-hour 10 p.m. ensemble discussion similar in format to The View, executives said.

The announcement follows a new strategy implemented by president/CEO Pamela Thomas-Graham to invest more resources into prime time, which had previously taken a back seat to the financial network's primary focus of covering the business day.

McEnroe's currently untitled show will follow a 9 p.m. topical news/interview show hosted by the comedian, political pundit and actor Dennis Miller.

"Throughout his career, as a player, broadcaster and author, John has been known for his unique perspective, outspokenness, blunt honesty and unpredictability, qualities that this new show will bring to CNBC's new prime-time," said Thomas-Graham.

McEnroe will continue to serve as NBC Sports' tennis analyst.

Tennis Fool
01-14-2004, 10:58 PM
They may pull the plug after all the bad press he's been getting about steriod use :o

01-14-2004, 10:59 PM
Here's another article on this!

McEnroe To Host CNBC Show

Photo By Cynthia Lum By Tennis Week
John McEnroe was known for making news during his playing days, and now he'll be commenting on the news as the host**of a new primetime program. The man who coined the phrase "you cannot be serious" is prepared to get serious, spontaneous and humorous. CNBC announced it has hired the multi-talented McEnroe to host the one-hour show that will debut in the spring.

Airing nightly at 10 p.m., the news show will feature McEnroe serving as lead host of an ensemble team which together will provide an unpredictable and spontaneous look at the stories making headlines.

"I'm looking forward to my new show with CNBC," McEnroe said in a statement. "We've designed it to be both serious and fun, to be able to jump on news or cover on-going topics, and still have many surprises and create havoc when necessary."

The human-headline maker made news this week with the revelation that he unknowingly took steroids for a six-year period of his playing career.

In addition to his hosting duties, the 44-year-old McEnroe will also serve as co-executive producer with his agent, Gary Swain, and the newly created talk show will be taped at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

"Throughout his career, as a player, broadcaster and author, John has been known for his unique perspective, outspokenness, blunt honesty and unpredictability — all of the qualities that this new show will bring to CNBC's new primetime programming," CNBC CEO and president Pamela Thomas-Graham said. "John and the ensemble's non-traditional approach to the news will be entertaining, unusual and the topic of conversation the next day."

In his youth, the seven-time Grand Slam champion was tennis' raging rebel. Today, he may be the game's voice of reason. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the three-time Wimbledon winner is one of only two men (Stefan Edberg is the other) to hold the top-ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously. At his best, McEnroe played with a profound brilliance that confounded opponents and saw him produce a career that includes 17 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships, five Davis Cup crowns and a combined 154 singles and doubles titles.

He is one of tennis' most complex, contradictory and charismatic characters and his post-tennis career has seen him achieve great success as McEnroe has become a multimedia maven who is a highly-respected commentator, best-selling author, owns an art gallery, contributes occasional columns to newspapers and plays guitar with his band in his spare time. McEnroe's autobiography "You Cannot Be Serious", reached the top of the New York Times' best seller list and was a No. 1 best seller in the United Kingdom as well. He has been nominated for several Emmy Awards for his sometime stream-of-consciousness tennis commentary for NBC, CBS and USA Network. While some players have been sensitive to McEnroe's candid criticism, he has developed a fan following for his bold, blunt style and has become a popular presence for his work for the BBC during Wimbledon.

As part of the tennis trinity that included his primary rivals, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, McEnroe helped popularize the game in the late 1970s and early 80s. While his sense of humor has helped temper his volatile temper as he's matured, McEnroe has retained his powerful passion for tennis.

"I'm a father and I feel I'm a more mature person now," McEnroe told Tennis Week in a past interview. "And people can see that and relate to it. To be perfectly honest, tennis was considered an elitist, upper class sort of sissy sport when I was growing up. I wanted to try to help bring tennis to regular people because it's a great sport. In some ways, we haven't succeeded enough in doing that."


01-14-2004, 11:01 PM
Hmm... not sure McEnroe's unique brand of diplomacy and sensitivity will go down too well with some guests expecting a more measured interview technique. "...But as an actor I've always tried to respect the fact that I have an obligation to my talent..." "Man, you guys are the pits of the world, you know that?! Everybody in this studio can see your film's out, I know it's out, the cameramen know it's out, but you can't see that it's out - you jerk!" Etc...

Tennis Fool
01-14-2004, 11:11 PM

01-14-2004, 11:20 PM
"I'm telling you, that book of yours crossed the line. Try actually looking at it and you'll see better, asshole!"

01-14-2004, 11:35 PM
Considering CNBC gets almost no viewers anymore and according to my dad, an avid watcher, they're *thisclose* to going off the air someday relatively soon... this'll probably go way under the radar lol

plus CNBC has had some uh... interesting hosts/shows in the past. I don't know how anyone could watch it and make it til 10 pm but whatever lol. the ticker scrolling across the bottom gives me the most massive headache.

Tennis Fool
01-14-2004, 11:55 PM
So Bunk, I guess your dad will be watching ;)

01-15-2004, 12:58 AM
hahaha that's highly dubious. he's old, he's in bed by then ;)

Corey Feldman
07-05-2004, 01:26 PM
man, no guest would stand a chance against mac the mouth, he'll constantly talk over them like he does with every1 else.

07-05-2004, 01:32 PM
So did this get mercifully canned? Given that this is six months old ... I assume so.

Tennis Fool
07-05-2004, 03:33 PM
No. It's debuting on Wednesday :D

07-05-2004, 04:29 PM
I hope it's as good as the Chair.

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-05-2004, 04:37 PM
Go Mac!

07-05-2004, 06:29 PM
:haha: it will be shut down in 2 days :haha:

07-05-2004, 06:34 PM
Predictions: Will it last longer than the Chair?
I vote yes but only a couple weeks more

07-06-2004, 07:07 AM
We will all say this, that and that, but definitely we will be glued to the TV when it begins, and come back to say how horrible it was.

07-06-2004, 08:11 AM
We will all say this, that and that, but definitely we will be glued to the TV when it begins, and come back to say how horrible it was.

Maybe you will be. I'm NOT going to watch it.

Chloe le Bopper
07-08-2004, 12:08 AM
Maybe you will be. I'm NOT going to watch it.
I'm pretty sure that you couldn't tune in even if you wanted to

07-08-2004, 04:10 PM
Is there any one who gets CNBC in America willing to tape these shows for me on VHS
which start tonight at 10 pm Eastern Time??

I will pay you for cost of video tape and postage to London

they are being taped and are available at

The 1st one was last night and the guests were Will Farrell (Saturday Night Live) along with Sting.
Mac's wife (Patty Smythe) was also on the show performing. At the end her, John and Sting all performed a song together. We also have Mac's appearance as guest host on the Late Show (David Letterman) and his appearance on Saturday Night Live (along w/Andy Roddick)

07-09-2004, 04:55 AM
Tonight he had Ralph Nader and Metallica on together. Good combo. Too bad I missed it, though.