“Good Morning America” welcomed “special guest co-host” Ann Romney to the show Wednesday morning, but the “GMA” studio kitchen — a Democrat, no doubt — objected in the strongest possible terms.
An ABC News rep told The TV Column on Wednesday afternoon that the GOP’s FLOTUS candidate was not a guest co-host, as had been reported since last month, but a “special guest.” That must also come as news to . . . ABC News, which had two reports on its Web site Wednesday afternoon referring to Ann Romney as the day’s “GMA” guest host. And which sent photos of Romney to The TV Column last week, explaining that “Ann Romney is set to guest-host GMA next week on Wednesday.”
We’ll just call Romney a Super Special Guest Who Gets to Interview Other Guests.
Anyway, the “GMA” kitchen’s efforts to sabotage Romney began almost immediately when Romney was introduced at the start of the show’s fluffier 8 a.m. hour — after the program had gotten all the presidential race news out of the way.
Wearing a bright red dress, Romney was standing, smiling, in the “GMA” kitchen, next to a batch of her famous Welsh cakes.
“Oh . . . they’re burning,” Romney said suddenly as she quickly removed the cakes from the too-hot grill.
“Tell us about these,” said George Stephanopoulos, who was elsewhere on the set, talking off-camera, and unaware of the Welsh cake emergency.
“They’re burning,” Romney said. “I’ve got a cooking emergency! The grill’s too hot. But I’m here! I’m making Welsh cakes,” she said, gamely.
Gracefully returning to script, she began to recount how her grandmother made Welsh cakes, how she makes Welsh cakes, how she’s teaching her grandchildren how to make Welsh cakes. And she reminded us that her grandfather started working in Wales at age 6, and that her grandmother ate Welsh cakes every afternoon at 3.
“You should know at home, we invited Michelle Obama here for a special morning as well, and she is still working out her schedule. We hope to see her soon,” Stephanopoulos told viewers. Because this is, after all, an ABC News program, and fair is fair.
Thwarted once, the “GMA” kitchen watched and waited for its next opportunity.
That chance did not come while Romney was asking Drew Lachey — booted from “Dancing With the Stars” the night before — what he thought of the judges’scoring on his cha-cha, and whom he was rooting for now that he’s been tossed.
The opportunity also did not come as the cast of MTV’s famously raunchy “Jersey Shore,” sans Snooki, talked about the final season, their God-given hairlines and plans to return to law school. That was just as well, since Romney stayed away from that segment, as well as one about online predators and the interview with “Breaking Bad’s” meth-cooking high-school teacher Bryan Cranston. He talked about his role in the new Ben Affleck film “Argo,” which depicts the real-life mission to rescue six American diplomats from Tehran at the height of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and 1980.
The next time we saw Romney, she was in Times Square (away from the kitchen’s reach), interviewing Lord Ludger and Rebecca Hart, the thoroughbred horse and rider, respectively, who’d represented the United States at the London Paralympics over the summer. Romney, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, told “GMA’s” Lara Spencer how horses gave her “the energy, the passion, to get out of bed when I was so sick I didn’t think I wanted to get out of bed.”
But during a segment with actor Stanley Tucci, the kitchen struck again.
Tucci had come to plug his new cookbook, and was demonstrating how to make some foul-looking melange called Pasta Casserole. While Romney told Tucci how much she loved “Julie & Julia,” some butter in a pot began to burn.
Tucci said he thought his butter was burning.
“They burned my Welsh cakes, too,” said Romney, who we think was beginning to suspect that the kitchen was up to no good.
The butter erupted. “GMA” weatherman Sam Champion snatched the butter from Tucci.
“It’s fine. Everything is fine!” Sam reassured viewers, becoming the morning’s hero.
“I don’t know. My plane almost goes down. Now I’m going to catch on fire!” Romney countered.
“Thank you to Ann Romney — sorry we almost blew you up,” Stephanopoulos said as he closed the show.