RUSH: Corning, Arkansas. Hi, Zane. Nice to have you with us, sir.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I got a pretty important question for you.
RUSH: Very important question, eh?
CALLER: I want to know why you weren’t on the red carpet for the Super Bowl. They had all these celebrities come out, people that didn’t have a clue about football were giving interviews, and I couldn’t find you anywhere.
RUSH: You know, I’ll be honest. I didn’t even know there was a red carpet for celebrities at the Super Bowl. I didn’t go as a celebrity. I wasn’t invited to the Super Bowl. Here’s what I do every year. We make a weekend of it for our top clients here. We always have a client dinner at a fine restaurant in town on Friday night of the Super Bowl weekend. This weekend it was at Nick and Sam’s, one of the finest steakhouses in Dallas, and Al Michaels and Michael Irvin came by and did a Q&A, interacted with my guests. And Saturday we set ’em up at a bunch of different parties and Sunday I have a suite at the game that I host, that I pay for. I’m not a freeloader on any celebrity red carpet at this thing. I didn’t even know there was a red carpet. I’ve never seen a red carpet at a Super Bowl. Were you disappointed that I was not on the red carpet at the Super Bowl?
CALLER: I really was. I thought maybe you turned down the invitation because they had everybody else walking the red carpet, so —
RUSH: Well, who were these people on the red carpet at the Super Bowl?
CALLER: Well, they had like Harrison Ford, couple of people that are starting some TV shows. I mean they had Adam Sandler.
RUSH: Okay. It sounds to me like you had the usual. Like Adam Sandler’s got a new movie out, Harrison Ford, I don’t know what he’s got going on, but Jerry Jones invited a bunch of these people to sit in his suite, I’m sure that’s what it was. When we were watching the game they had still shots of all these people sitting there in Jerry Jones’ suite on the giant board. One of the most embarrassing shots, by the way, you might have read about it, Cameron Diaz was spotted feeding popcorn to Alex Rodriguez, and he is livid that that shot happened to make it also on national TV.
CALLER: I saw it happen. I watched it happen.
RUSH: Yeah, he wasn’t happy about it. Meanwhile, we had about 50 guests of mine in my suite. It’s like the third or fourth year that we’ve done this. To me the Super Bowl is where I host people important to me. I don’t know, I wouldn’t want to be part of being on display, red carpet, that kind of stuff. I love the game. I had a business reason for doing this, and I do it every year, so that’s the answer to your question. I’m sorry you were disappointed.
CALLER: I was disappointed, sir. Thank you very much for ProFlowers, Rush. That has helped me out these past three years more than you know.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. In fact, I just got a note from a friend of mine who just made his order for Valentine’s flowers from ProFlowers, and he got the Rush deal. You can’t do better than that. Yeah, it is a very horrible thing to be fed popcorn by Cameron Diaz. A-Rod apparently was robustly embarrassed by that.