ANOTHER COMEBACK STEP: As any disgraced celebrity will tell you, it’s not a comeback until you’ve done the tell-all sit-down TV interview. And that’s just what John Galliano’s handlers are considering. Talks are in the early stages, but Galliano may soon tape a TV appearance, which, if the plan goes through, would be the designer’s second major interview after agreeing to speak with Vanity Fair.
It’s not clear which would come first, TV or print, but insiders say the appearance would not be a weeper in the style of Oprah Winfrey or Barbara Walters — one’s too obvious, the other, retired, more or less. Instead, conversations are revolving a program known for its gravitas that occasionally invites fashion power players to the table: Charlie Rose’s public television program.
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“There are no plans in place regarding TV appearances for John at this time,” said Galliano’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg. Yvette Vega, Rose’s executive producer, said an appearance with the designer has not been scheduled, but did not dismiss the possibility of an interview in the future.
“We are open to interviewing people whose views represent a wide range of opinions, from Bashar al-Assad to Bono,” she said.
That Galliano’s camp is considering a TV appearance at all is striking because the designer, even before his troubles, rarely if ever sat for long interviews, unlike his TV-ready peers Tom Ford, who logged three appearances on Rose’s show, and Marc Jacobs, who’s been on twice.
The Vanity Fair interview was conducted recently by Ingrid Sischy, although it’s not clear when the story might run.