Holly Robinson Peete is glad to be back on daytime TV — even if it is just for one day — as she’s guest cohosting on “The Nate Berkus Show” today (11/14). “If they’ll have me I will definitely return. Nate is just such a cool guy, the funnest friend to have,” she says.
It wasn’t so long ago, of course, that Holly was a daytime regular, as part of the team on “The Talk” before her surprise axing from that show. As followers of Holly’s know, she’s rebounded with a new recurring role on “Mike & Molly.”
“Just when you think you’ve kind of figured this stuff out, something happens and you realize you’re still learning things you thought you already knew,” points out the actress, who is also remembered for coming in a close second to Bret Michaels on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“My kids are like, ‘If you did your job and did everything you’re supposed to do, don’t you get to keep your job?’ They saw me working nights, preparing for the show. They saw my total dedication,” relates the mother of four. “This is a great life lesson about picking yourself up.”
There are also fans watching, she’s aware. “It’s a total bigger picture. There are lots of people losing their jobs through no fault of their own these days, and it’s tough. It gets harder and harder to be patient, to say something better might happen, when you’re having to deal with the day-to-day realities of life. That’s when your resolve has to get even steelier, if that’s a word. I’m still hustling and grinding trying to figure out the best thing to do next. I learned to do live daytime TV and that I’m pretty good at it.”
Holly says she learned resilience and perseverance from watching her own mother. “We could start when she gets divorced and has no money, basically, $500, and is on her own — and she makes a trip from Philadelphia to Malibu of all places, in a beat-up Volvo. She was like the black ‘Alice,’ this mom driving across the country, thinking she could break ceilings as a talent manager when she had all the chips stacked against her and knew, like, one and a half people in L.A.”
Holly was nine years old at the time, and saw her mother — well-known Hollywood dealmaker Dolores Robinson — find her way into the business and build a client roster including the likes of LeVar Burton and Michael Clarke Duncan. She recalls: “I saw her get knocked down, but I always saw her get back up, and rebound in ways that she could say, ‘Thank God that happened.’ I didn’ t know I was learning lessons as a child, but I was.”
Holly — a.k.a. the wife of former pro quarterback Rodney Peete — tells us that she and Nate will be doing a football challenge on the show, and there’ll also be a bedroom makeover at the home of a family with an autistic child. Holly’s No. 1 mission is helping kids with autism. Son Rodney Jr., has the condition.