OUR STORY

PAOLO PRESTA 

HOST

 

Paolo has always been a big dreamer.  Growing up in a large Italian family in Chicago, his dream was always to be a part of the entertainment business in Hollywood.  It seemed impossible at the time, so he knew he needed a little help.  For years, Paolo wrote to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" asking Oprah to help him fulfill that dream.  Finally, in November of 2004, Oprah Winfrey surprised Paolo at his father's grocery store and gave him a speaking role on NBC's "Will & Grace".  His reaction is regarded as one of the greatest surprise moments in "The Oprah Show" history!  He then moved to Los Angeles where he transitioned from acting to working behind the scenes in the world of daytime talk shows ("The Ellen DeGeneres Show" & "The Talk").  All of those experiences brought Paolo to fulfill his greatest life-long dream of hosting his own talk show.  His greatest mission is to show people that with a big dream and a lot of hard work, anything is possible!

PATRICK THOMASSIE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Patrick is a lifelong talk show fan, and was happy to jump in when Paolo came to him with the idea of starting his own talk show.  He loves sitting front and center as Paolo has heartfelt chats with some of their favorite entertainers.  To help Paolo's dream come true, he immersed himself in learning about filming, lighting, editing and more. This journey has taken him to places he could never have imagined and he's always looking forward to the next surprise moment!