Tracee Ellis Ross on Her Mom Diana & Hosting the AMAs
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Tracee Ellis Ross on Her Mom Diana & Hosting the AMAs


>>HELLO, MR. KIMBLE. >>Jimmy: HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>I’M GREAT, HOW ARE YOU?>>Jimmy: I’M DOING WELL. I IMAGINE YOU’RE VERY BUSY. >>KNEE-DEEP IN REHEARSALS, STRETCHING, VOCALIZING, MAKING SURE I MASSAGE MY FACE SO THERE’S BLOOD FLOW.>>Jimmy: ARE THOSE SOME OF THE TIPS FOR HOSTING?>>I DON’T KNOW, YOU’VE DONE IT WAY MORE THAN ME. SOUNDS LIKE IF YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE THOSE TIPS I’M GOING TO FAIL. >>Jimmy: I DON’T RECOGNIZE ANY OF THOSE TIPS. YOU’RE REHEARSING?>>YEAH, REHEARSED A LITTLE TODAY, GOT ON THE STAGE. THERE’S A LOLLIPOP THEY CALL IT WHERE THE STAGE COMES OUT LIKE A RUNWAY WITH A CIRCLE AT THE END OF IT. >>Jimmy: I DIDN’T KNOW THEY CALLED IT THAT. >>A LOLLIPOP. >>Jimmy: I DIDN’T LEARN ANYTHING WHEN I DID THIS. ARE YOU HAVING — ENJOYING IT?>>I AM. >>Jimmy: IS IT SOMETHING YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WITH?>>I’VE HOSTED BEFORE, I DO THE AWARD SHOW HOSTING WHICH I REALLY ENJOY. BUT THIS IS AN EXTRA-SPECIAL EVENING.>>Jimmy: SURE. >>BECAUSE MY MOM IS RECEIVING A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. >>Jimmy: THAT’S RIGHT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT I DON’T THINK I COULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT UP. BUT YOU KNOW, IT’S ABC. THAT’S MY NETWORK. IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S SO OUT OF THE ORDINARY. BUT THE FACT THAT IT’S LIKE ON THE YEAR SHE’S RECEIVING THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, IT FEELS LIKE KIND OF EXTRA SPECIAL. >>Jimmy: IT IS. YOUR MOM IS DIANA ROSS. >>YEAH. >>Jimmy: I’M SURPRISED SHE HASN’T RECEIVED THIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ALREADY. IS SHE EXCITED ABOUT IT?>>THEY WERE WAITING UNTIL I COULD HOST. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: I GUESS SO. YOUR MOM HOSTED. >>SHE DID, TWICE.>>Jimmy: A COUPLE OF TIMES. >>SHE IS VERY EXCITED. AS A MATTER OF FACT MY ENTIRE FAMILY WILL BE THERE. ALL THE FATHERS, ALL THE KIDS, ALL THE HUSBANDS AND WIVES. THERE’S NOT THAT MANY FATHERS. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: ONE PER KID?>>NO, NO.>>Jimmy: LESS THAN ONE PER KID?>>THERE’S THREE — FORGET IT. ANYWAY. THE FATHERS WILL BE THERE, ALL MY SIBLINGS, HUSBANDS, WIVES, GRAND BABIES.>>Jimmy: WHAT YEAR DID YOUR MOM HOST?>>I FEEL IT WAS EARLY ’80s. >>Jimmy: DID YOU GO WITH HER?>>I DIDN’T, NO. FOR MY MOM IT WAS PROBABLY MORE IMPORTANT THAT WE GOT IN BED ON TIME. >>Jimmy: I SEE. >>THAN WATCHING. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU COULD GOOGLE IT THE NEXT DAY. >>Jimmy: WE DID GOOGLE, WE DUG UP A CLIP OF YOUR MOM HOSTING THE SHOW. >>REALLY?>>Jimmy: MAYBE THIS WILL OFFER YOU INSPIRATION. >>I’M SO EXCITED. >>Jimmy: WHAT YEAR IS THIS, 1986? 1986. DIANA ROSS HOSTING THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.>>PLEASE GREET NEW EDITION AND JANNY BRICKLEY! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>RICKY SCHROEDER!>>Jimmy: THAT IS AN UNCOMFORTABLY LONG SHOT OF RICKY SCHROEDER. >>THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. OKAY. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK I NEED TO PERFECT THE CLAP, RIGHT? RICKY SCHROEDER!>>Jimmy: THAT’S RIGHT. YOUR MOM DID IT LIKE ALMOST TO THE SIDE.>>THEY WERE LONG NAILS. >>Jimmy: YEAH, RIGHT.>>I’M GOING TO DO THIS ALL NIGHT ON SUNDAY.>>Jimmy: I KNEW THERE WAS A RICKY IN NEW EDITION, I DIDN’T

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