Greg Gutfeld, the host of Fox News’ 3 a.m. show “Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld,” recently answered some questions from The Daily Caller about how his show came to be, his good-natured guests, his new book and the “most offensive” thing he and his panel have ever discussed on air.
1.) How did you hatch the idea for “Red Eye” and how did you manage to get such an awesomely demented wormhole of a show on Fox News?
Well the thing is it kinda happened in a bar. A couple of friends of mine in media who worked at Fox had been reading my blogs and reading my stuff at the Huffington Post and I guess they had an idea for a show in the middle of the night. I don’t think they had the same thing I had in mind — that was probably more my fault than anyone else’s. One of the guys, Scott, met me in a bar in London and brought up the idea and I was drunk enough to say, “pick me, let me try it!” So they flew me over and the show just was really thrown together. I mean it really was just, “okay, let’s put on a show!” It happened so quickly that I don’t even think I had time to comprehend what was going on.
2.) Have you been surprised by the show’s success?
It’s like being in a cool band where you’re never going to be in the top 10, but the people who discover you really appreciate you. And our following is dedicated almost to the point of obsession and perhaps even dementia.
3.) What goes into the construction and production of an episode of “Red Eye”? Where do you come up with all those great dirty guest intros [which often feature double entendres and dirty puns]?
Generally what happens is we all sit around and do our scouring of the Internet looking for stories. I usually write my “Greg-a-logue” when I get in around 11:00 [a.m.] or sometimes around noon. The intros, I get a lot of help from the viewers who sometimes write all of them in one day — they send them into the Daily Gut. And then we pick the stories and we split them up between Andy [Levy], Bill [Schulz], and me. And then we spend the day editing and updating as the stories change. We try to get as much good tape as we can find. And magically there is a show by the time we’re about to film. We have never failed to have a show — which is always amazing to me.
4.) What time do y’all usually film?
About 8:30 [p.m.], usually.