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Live with Regis and Kelly. June 7, 2002
Hosts: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa


REGIS AND KELLY TELEVISION INTERVIEW

As the sixth season of Stargate SG-1 prepared to debut, Richard appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, a morning talk show from New York. Taped on June 6th, his appearance aired on June 7th.

Regis Philbin:
Before our first guest was MacGyver, he was a street mime. He worked in Los Angeles, and now all of that's in his past. And now from MacGyver, which was a big hit, to another big hit, in the last six years he's been in Stargate SG-1 on the Sci-Fi Channel, here's Richard Dean Anderson!

[Richard Dean Anderson enters to applause.]

Regis Philbin:
Richard good to see you again.

Kelly Ripa:
Hi! How are you?

Richard Dean Anderson:
I'm a little, uh, travel weary.

Regis Philbin:
Are you?

Kelly Ripa:
Travel weary?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Just a tad.

Regis Philbin:
Just flew in from outer space, did you?

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Richard Dean Anderson:
Virtually, virtually, yeah. Vancouver. We shoot up in Vancouver.

Regis Philbin:
You shoot in Vancouver, sure.

Kelly Ripa:
Oh, I didn't realize that.

Richard Dean Anderson:
I've spent almost a fifth of my life up there working on MacGyver and now Stargate.

Kelly Ripa:
Vancouver is like the new Hollywood.

Richard Dean Anderson:
It... well, when I got there it was. It was the Hollywood North, and it's become now “The place to go.” Of course there's all kinds of politics involved in that.

Regis Philbin:
Sure, a lot of movies are up there, yeah.

Richard Dean Anderson:
I've had a good time up there.

Regis Philbin:
So now, boy, you go from one series to another. You're never out of work, are you?

Richard Dean Anderson:
They can't kill me. Yeah, well, it's problematic. I really had to confront certain elements of what motivated me and I realized I was a bit of a work-a-holic, so I had longevity attached to virtually everything I'd jumped onto.

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Kelly Ripa:
It's such a rare thing, though, to have one series that's a huge success much less two. Usually you have that one series and it's the curse of the one series, and then that's it.

Richard Dean Anderson:
Yeah. Some of us old dogs hang on for awhile.

Regis Philbin:
So you've never thought about hanging it up?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Oh yes I have. I think I'm at that point right now.

Regis Philbin:
Really?

Kelly Ripa:
Are you thinking about retiring?

Richard Dean Anderson:
I'm sort of trying to dance around that particular word, because I'm not... that would be relative compared... I mean, concerning, as far as... I don't know what that would mean to me, exactly...

Regis Philbin:
It means be out of work.

[The audience laughs]

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Richard Dean Anderson:
Yeah, but by choice.

Regis Philbin:
Yes, by choice.

Richard Dean Anderson:
I'm in the middle of a transition... a bit of a transformation in life. I've been working in commercial television for so long that... and I have a three and a half year old daughter... [Kelly “aws”] And I'm also sort of, I've been involved in some projects and documentary film projects that have taken me to places like Tibet and Chile and Ecuador...

Kelly Ripa:
You're kidding.

Richard Dean Anderson:
No. So I'm trying to really kind of become a little more hands-on active environmentally, in things of conservation. I just, I'm... and I'm tired. You know, it's kind of time to...

Regis Philbin:
You know what it is? You're bored to death. You’re bored to death.

Richard Dean Anderson:
[Laughs] You remember me, don't you?

Regis Philbin:
Absolutely!

Richard Dean Anderson:
You remember me, yeah.

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Regis Philbin:
Yes! Now, with going from MacGyver to the next project...

Kelly Ripa:
Stargate.

Richard Dean Anderson:
Stargate.

Regis Philbin:
Is this like a Star Trek thing where you travel around the...?

Richard Dean Anderson:
[Sarcastically] It's like Star Trek, Regis. Just like Star Trek. [Laughs]

Regis Philbin:
What are they doing up there? They're always in motion. Where are they going?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Who are you talking about, me or those...

Regis Philbin:
Those series like you're doing now...

Richard Dean Anderson:
Science fiction is popular!

Regis Philbin:
But, I mean, where are they going??

Kelly Ripa:
What Regis wants to know is, where are they going?

Regis Philbin:
When are they going to get there, and how long are they going to stay??

Richard Dean Anderson:
[Joining in the rhetorical questions] What are you looking for?

Regis Philbin:
That's... What are they looking for??

Kelly Ripa:
Are they looking for a planet? That’s what Regis wants to know. Because everybody's always in a spacecraft going somewhere.

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Richard Dean Anderson:
All right you're talking about Star Trek. Star Trek and Stargate are two separate entities. We're different concepts. Stargate... well, Star Trek is the future, and they're such old news, come on let's be honest. [Smiling] Stargate, our premise, our concept start is present day, current day. We go through this wonderful wall of water looking thing...

Regis Philbin:
And what happens to you?

Richard Dean Anderson:
We go to ancient worlds, we go to other planets...

Regis Philbin:
You go to the past?

Richard Dean Anderson:
No, well, we go to the current, but we deal with...

Kelly Ripa:
Is it like alternative universes?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Parallel universes, the whole...

Regis Philbin:
Where are these parallel universes?

Richard Dean Anderson:
They're out there, many moons.

Kelly Ripa:
They’re out there.

Richard Dean Anderson:
They're light years away, Regis.

Regis Philbin:
Have you gotten to one yet??

[The audience laughs]

Richard Dean Anderson:
Every week, [turning toward camera to promote] on Sci-Fi.

Regis Philbin:
You land on another. Is that right? Every week you land on another...?

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Richard Dean Anderson:
Yeah, well that was one of the potential glories of this franchise as a series, was that it afforded an opportunity to do anything we wanted to. Once you pass through that stargate, where do you go? Ancient civilizations, new worlds...

Regis Philbin:
It's a great concept.

Richard Dean Anderson:
Create... We're only limited by our imaginations.

Kelly Ripa:
You travel about as much as your character travels.

Richard Dean Anderson:
If only I had a stargate.

Kelly Ripa:
But what's the most primitive place you've ever been to in your travels?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Well as I mentioned, I'm again making this transition, and doing... I'm attached to a couple of different documentary projects, and one of which has me examining the great rivers of the world. And I've been to Chile a couple of times on Rio Futaleufu. I've been to Tibet, which was the most remote place, the upper Yangtze, which is a not oft run section of river. These are all class 5 rivers. The project itself deals with cultural elements, people, the one in Tibet we dealt with Tibetan Buddhism and how it relates to the river. And it was remote. We fly in to Beijing, to Xining, and then three days to gain elevation, and everyone got altitude sickness along the way.

Regis Philbin:
So, did you visit with the Tibetan monks?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Yes.

Regis Philbin:
Did you? You know what? I see an influence. I see their influence on you.

Richard Dean Anderson:
You know what? [Smiling, indicating there is truth in that]

Regis Philbin:
I'm not kidding. I see a big change in you, MacGyver.

Richard Dean Anderson:
[Laughing at the MacGyver reference]

Regis Philbin:
That's all in your past.

Richard Dean Anderson:
Truly. I mean, you may be jesting, but...

Regis Philbin:
I'm not jesting. I see it in your eyes.

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Richard Dean Anderson:
It's absolutely true. I mean, got to use clichés in this. It's really a cultural shock. People would ask me, “Was it everything you imagined, going to Tibet?” and I said I have no way to compare it to anything, any experience. I couldn't anticipate. It wasn't anything that I could have imagined.

Regis Philbin:
But how do you bring that home with you in everyday real life, you know?

Richard Dean Anderson:
It takes some doing. Its influence, because I was there only a month, and ran the river a couple of times, and it started to have its effect while I was there. First of all, you're dealing with environmental situations...

Regis Philbin:
Even they have... Do they have environmental problems there?

Richard Dean Anderson:
No, no, no, what I mean to say is elevation, and just a different, a very primitive part of the world. So there's that adjustment that needed to be made. I mean, yak poop smells pretty good, and they use it for everything.

Regis Philbin:
Well the yaks have to go to, you know.

Richard Dean Anderson:
And boy do they go.

Regis Philbin:
Yeah.

Richard Dean Anderson:
But there's that element. But certainly in visiting with the Tibetan monks, it really had its effect.

Regis Philbin:
They’re really holy men, are they?

Richard Dean Anderson:
It's such a spiritual world.

Regis Philbin:
Sure. [To Kelly] Well, see, we should go some time. Gelman! [Turning to the producer with the suggestion.]

Kelly Ripa:
We should do a remote.

Regis Philbin:
We should do a remote! And bring Richard with us to be our guide.

Richard Dean Anderson:
Yeah. [Laughing]

Regis Philbin:
We're going to pause, we’re going to come back in just a moment.

[Break for a commercial]

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Regis Philbin:
Richard Dean Anderson. Stargate SG-1. Originally on Showtime and now it's moved around over to the Sci-Fi Channel, right?

Richard Dean Anderson:
Yes.

Kelly Ripa:
It seems like the place for it. I mean, most of their shows are...

Richard Dean Anderson:
I really have to pay them a compliment because we've been on Showtime for five years, five seasons. We got syndicated on the FOX channels, and it was after five seasons, and they stepped up for year six plus the package for future considerations, and we really don't know what the fate of the show will be after this year. It could perpetuate, you know, forever, but...

Regis Philbin:
Why don't you move it over to ABC? They're looking for something new.

[The audience laughs at his reference to ABC’s recent cancellations.]

Richard Dean Anderson:
[Joining the reference and laughing to the camera] Why would that be?

Regis Philbin:
Why would that be? Well, they've had a few upsets. [Laughing] So, you play the captain of a...

Richard Dean Anderson:
I'm a colonel! Come on!

Regis Philbin:
Colonel. Of course. All right. Colonel's good.

Richard Dean Anderson:
I'm looking to be the general so I can just put my feet up on the desk and...

Regis Philbin:
All right, well let's take a look here at Colonel O'Neill in action, okay? Take a look.

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[They show a clip from "Redemption" in which O’Neill expresses his interest in accepting a Russian member of his team "Over my rotting corpse, Sir."]

Kelly Ripa:
A little edge there, the Colonel has an edge!

Richard Dean Anderson:
Listen, we had General Ryan come on and do a little cameo for us, and he's a real live four star, one of the big guys, and he came on. And I had to ask him point blank, because there's a certain irreverence that I bring to the character, and denseness, but while we were doing this scene, I just looked at him and said, "Do you have guys like me in...?" and he stopped me and said, "Yes, and worse, and you're doing a fine job, son."

[Laughter]

Regis Philbin:
That’s high praise.

Richard Dean Anderson:
So I guess that was license to misbehave. You gotta have fun.

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Regis Philbin:
Absolutely. Well, we hope it stays on for another six years, wouldn't that be nice?

Richard Dean Anderson:
I'll come back.

Kelly Ripa:
Well, he wants to retire!

Regis Philbin:
It's on tonight at 9pm on the Sci-Fi Channel. Stargate SG-1. It's good to see you again, Richard. Take care.

Kelly Ripa:
Thank you, Richard. It’s great to meet you.

[They shake hands and say their goodbyes as they go to commercial.]

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Live with Regis and Kelly. June 7, 2002.


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