Carlos Watson has channeled his curiosity for people and stories into a new talk show. "The Carlos Watson Show" is now available on YouTube. (Sept. 9)
CARLOS WATSON: Sean, when you think back about it, one of the biggest critiques about you is that you didn't always tell the truth.
We've been able to get the most interesting guests, such a wide variety, from Malcolm Gladwell to Paris Hilton and back. They've been really candid, because often, they've been at home. And I think they've not only been candid about their own life stories, but you can't not live in this time-- you can't live in this time and not realize what drama, what change we're undergoing, whether it's Black Lives Matter, the recession, the pandemic, what have you. And so people are, I think, bringing their full selves to the conversation in a way that normally, with an interview-- I think in normal times-- you'd only get a sliver of people. You'd get kind of a prepackaged sliver. So I've loved it, and thankfully so far, it feels like the audience is responding.
I think that YouTube is the new-- is the mother of all platforms. YouTube is the platform that was made for a COVID era. We're at home. We want easy access. We want regular access. We want to hear from a variety of people. We don't want gatekeepers. I thought that with YouTube, there was a youthfulness to it. There was a direct connection to the consumer that was really important. And when I saw what John Krasinski did candidly a couple months ago, I said that's where we had to be.