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Todd Chrisley 

Interview with Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best" on USA Network 8/18/16

USA NETWORK – CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST Conference Call

 

Moderator: Caitlin Galo

August 18, 2016 5:00pm ET

 

 

 

Operator:

 

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Chrisley Knows Best conference call, featuring star Todd Chrisley. During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time if you have a question please press 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. 

 

 

If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press Star zero. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded today, Thursday, August 18, 2016. 

 

 

I would now like to turn the conference over to Miss Caitlin Galo. Please go ahead.  

Caitlin Galo:

 

Hey, guys, thank you so much for joining us on this conference call today. We have

Todd Chrisley for you, and we are returning for the back half of the fourth season on Tuesday, August 23, at 10/9 Central. We have limited time so let’s take it away with questions for Todd. 

Operator:

 

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if you’d like to register for a question again it’s the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad. You will hear a three-tone prompt which simply acknowledges your request. If your question has been answered and you would like to withdraw your registration, please press the 1 followed by the 3. If you’re using a speaker phone, please lift your handset before entering your request. One moment please for our first question. 

Operator:

 

And our first question comes from the line of Stephanie Piché with Mingle Media TV. Your line is open - please go ahead. 

Stephanie Piché:

 

Thank you, hi, Todd. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Hello, how are you? 

Stephanie Piché:

Good, how are you doing? 

 

 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I’m doing fine, thank you. Thank you for calling in today. 

Stephanie Piché:

 

Sure. I first of all, love your show. I met you at an Emmy’s event a couple years ago at the London Hotel and I just want to say as a proud parent I bring my son in to see some of the parenting examples you do on TV, so he knows I’m not the only one out there. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Well listen, I’d say that crazy loves company. 

Stephanie Piché:

 

There you go. So my question for you is what is the top advice you have for parents today? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I think that for me… I’m having to learn that sometimes I need to take a beat for a minute, take a pause and I need to sit still because raising children is certainly not for the faint of heart. But I think that when you are raising young adults, I would rather be dealing with high school kids than I would raising young adults. 

 

 

So you send your kids out into the world, they get into college, and when you have elementary school and middle school and high school kids, you could control the environment that they were being placed in. Now when they leave for college you have to trust that what you have instilled in your child will carry them through. 

 

 

And me being the kind of person that I am, I mean, I’m a fixer. I want to make sure that everything’s always right and that my kids are good and that no one’s complaining about my children doing or saying the wrong thing.  And I do take it personal. I take it very personal when one of my kids falls or when they make a mistake, what have you, I truly carry that. And I’m having to learn that you know what? Someone else’s issue - I don’t necessarily have to drive by and pick it up. 

Stephanie Piché:

 

Right. So what are we going to see in the upcoming episode that you think will shock us or educate us? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Well you know, there’s always something that’s going to shock everyone when it comes to my family. I think that you know, with the kids being in college, Chase is always keeping me on my toes. Savannah has gotten to where she is – 19 as of August the 11th and she is all  I am woman, hear me roar”. I’d say she is the child that Gloria Steinem forgot to have. 

 

 

I think that you’re going to see a lot of moving parts, in these back episodes, and there’s things that we’re filming right now… some of it’s great and some of it’s frustrating as a parent and some of it has caused us to shed tears over.  And some of it has caused us to shed tears over the fact that you know, whatever child was going through it, they came out of it. 

 

And they did it without having to rely on us 100%. So I think you’re going to see a lot of change in these back episodes. You’re going to see the kids growing up, you’re

going to see them make mistakes, but you know that their recovery is getting quicker. 

 

 

Stephanie Piché:

 

Well I look forward to it and I’d love to have Chase make me a smoothie, that’s all I can tell you. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Well listen, he’d hire my mother to do that so I’m not sure you would be – you would have a success rate if he could do it for you because he hasn’t done it for us yet. 

Stephanie Piché:

 

Okay, thank you so much, Todd. Take care and thank you - we’ll be watching, for sure. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you. 

Operator:

 

And ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder if you would like to register for a question it’s 1, 4 on your telephone keypad. Our next question comes from the line of Noelle Gruber with Pop City Life.  Your line is open - please go ahead. 

Noelle Gruber:

 

Hi, thank you for talking with us today. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you, Noelle, for being here. How are you? 

Noelle Gruber:

 

I’m great.  I’m happy to talk to you. I’m wondering how would you say this season compares to the previous ones? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I think this season’s going to be somewhat different because remember, you guys have been watching us since Chase and Savannah were 14 and 15.  And they’re young adults now, and you know, they’re going out into the world and they’re in college and they’re you know, Chase is trying to pursue a career in real estate. 

Because listen, he has forgotten more than I’ve ever known. 

 

 

And so I’m going through the struggles with that, and I’m still trying to teach a young adult. So I think that what you’re going to see coming up is you’re going to see kids in transition. You’re going to see parents doing the same thing that so many parents across this country are doing when their kids leave home, which is us trying to still micromanage to a certain degree, but how much we can micromanage?

 

I think that it becomes increasingly more difficult because they have an outside interference now they didn’t have before.  And that’s significant others, and people that they think that they’re in love with and that hung the moon.  And you know, they’re going to be with them until the day that they die, and I just want to bang my head against the concrete. 

 

 

Noelle Gruber:

 

You know, so many wonderful opportunities have arisen from your time on this show, including your duet with Sara Evans. Is there anything else you haven’t tackled yet that you’d love to try and get into and experience? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

You know, the duet was a beautiful song that (Shane Stevens) and I wrote about mine and Julie’s relationship - how we started - and Sara’s been a friend of mine for a long time, and the song was very well received. I mean, I was at dinner last night with Jay DeMarcus and his wife Allison with Rascal Flatts, and you know, we’re going to do something together. 

 

 

So I’m certainly going to be working – I’m working right now on my clothing line. 

Savannah’s working on her clothing line. Savannah has a deal with Home Shopping Network, that that she has signed off on that she’s doing with Giuliana Rancic and so that’s going to be coming out I think in November. 

 

 

So you know, we’ve been very blessed with opportunities. I think that certainly you know, to whom much is given, much is required. I think that we certainly have an obligation because of all the blessing we’ve been given to make sure that we’re making an impact in other people’s lives as well.  And I think that you’ll see that in these back episodes that we’re filming right now. 

Noelle Gruber:

 

Okay, great. I wish you all the luck in the world. Thank you so much. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I thank you so much, Noelle. Have a wonderful day. 

Noelle Gruber:

 

You too. 

Operator:

 

And our next question comes from the line of Lisa Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. Your line is open - please go ahead. 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

Hi, Todd, good afternoon. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Hello, how are you? 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

I’m wonderful, getting to talk to you, thank you so much for the opportunity. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you. 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

Well, I’m a huge fan of your family. I’m an avid watcher and so is my family, and I’m a fangirl. I love your mom. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I told her she was going to get her own show because I was tired of her stealing my fans. 

Lisa Steinberg:

You’ve got to get a spin-off or something. We’ve got to get her her own series or something. [Unable to hear rest of response]

 

Todd Chrisley:

 

She is amazing. We are so blessed.  You know, let me tell you something. There are so many good women in this world that have raised great children that I firmly believe that I have been blessed with one of the finest mothers that has ever walked.  And she is just a good decent, honest, caring, hardworking woman that has always placed her children first and then her grandchildren. 

 

 

And I think that she has reached the point in her life at 71 to where she literally told me two days ago, “You need to find a life and get out of mine.”  I said, “Mama, you don’t say that to your child.”  She said, “Well, Todd, you’ve aggravated the living hell out of me.”  And she says, “And I’m going to the casino and I’m not going to listen to this no more, so you can get mad if you want to. By the time I get back you’ll be over it.” 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

Well even at her age and your age and my age, I still feel like our parents are teaching us every single day that we get the opportunity, you know, to have them in our lives.  And unfortunately my grandparents have passed away but my parents thankfully are wonderful and they’re alive and well, and I feel like though when I watch your show that I’m you know, sort of a part of the family. 

 

 

I think that’s what makes the show so wonderful is that you feel like you are a Chrisley, or you would want to be a Chrisley. And I want to ask, what do you think about the show sort of lends to that, you know, why you feel like you have all these core members but like you have these sort of side members, I feel like I’m a family and a side member of your family. [Unable to hear rest of question] 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I think we did that, so exactly what you just said, and it makes us feel – it makes our hearts overflow with joy that we have people that truly feel like they can come and sit down at our table and have dinner, and I think that the reason for that is because we try to give you 110% reality of what’s going on in our lives. 

 

 

And I don’t sugar coat it, I don’t hide it, I let you see the good, the bad, the ugly, the happy, the pain - I let you see all of that. And all of that is what makes each of us who we are, and so for us to be able to go out into a mall or go out to dinner and people come up and tell me what’s going on with their children or what’s going on with a spouse, you know, or an ailing parent or what have you, it truly just verifies to me that this is where God wants me to be at this point in my life. And so I’m very appreciative that you feel that way. 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

Well if you’re ever thinking of adopting, I’m 36, I’m still – I’m available. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Well we always have room for one more. 

Lisa Steinberg:

Well thank you, I appreciate it. I do love watching the show so much, and I feel like a lot of times too, your struggles are something that are so relatable and you deal

with them all with these great grains of salt. How much salt are we going to see coming up this – these coming episodes? I mean…

 

 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Let me put it to you this way. Let’s just put it this way, you can say that I have been down in the salt mines. 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

Well I think between, like you said - you have these two growing adults, not grown adults but growing adults that you’re raising and I feel like you know, when I watch them – like you said, they started when they were 14 and 15 and to see them as growing adults has been such a wonderful journey as well to see and experience alongside of them. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Well you know, and you know, I said to Savannah the other night that you know, where she’s dating someone that we don’t particularly care for, and I told her, I said, “Listen, honey,” I said, “I have raised you to be a strong, independent, assertive, caring, respectable young lady,” and I said, “And what you need to remember is that any time a woman has to spend her day making excuses for her man, she is with the wrong man.” I said, “Because all that man’s doing is standing in the way of a good man coming along.” 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

That’s true. He’s a blockade.  If he’s not the right man, he’s just a blockade. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

((Crosstalk))

 

You said it. 

Caitlin Galo:

 

We need to move to the next question, I’m so sorry. 

Lisa Steinberg:

 

That’s okay, thank you very much for your time. 

Caitlin Galo:

 

Thank you. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you. 

Operator:

 

And ladies and gentlemen, again as a reminder if you’d like to register for a question, please press 1, 4. Our next question comes from the line of Keith Davis with USA Network. Your line’s open - please go ahead. 

Keith Davis:

 

Hi, Todd, how’s it going? Keith Davis here from USANetwork.com. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

How are you? 

Keith Davis:

I’m doing okay. I just want to say that I’ve been with the show since the beginning working on the Web site and I knew from the pilot that the show was going to be very, very good. I still I think it’s one of the better shows out there, so I just wanted

to let you hear that and know that we’re very appreciative of what you’ve been able to provide us on our Web site. 

 

 

 

 

And with that the question I have for you is, in the season opener, we see you renewing your vows with Julie once again.  So as Chase reaches the age where he might be looking to get a little serious pretty soon, what advice do you have for him

when he comes to choosing a soulmate? Like what can you draw from your relationship with Julie that’ll help Chase out? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Well let’s just put it this way. There are very few Julies left in this world. I was very lucky. I don’t think that any of us know at 20 years old where you know, that we’re going to find our soulmate or what you need to be doing.  But I mean, I have taught Chase his entire life to be respectful and to always remember that the girl that he’s looking to date is someone else’s daughter, sister, grandchild, niece, or best friend and that he should treat them with respect. 

Keith Davis:

 

Yes. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

But I have also taught Chase that, even before the show, I always tried to tell my children to try to find someone that they were evenly yoked with, that comes from the same core value system, that they have similarities with, that they find comfort in sharing their darkest day with because to have that – to have something in common. 

 

 

I think that now with the show it adds another layer because we have to worry about the intentions of some – you know, if they’re there for the right intention. 

Keith Davis:

 

Yes. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

And you know, so I tell Chase every day that listen, you know, a chick can’t act like she deserves Louboutins when she’s acting like flip-flops. I mean, don’t be out here dating girls that have no respect for themselves, because if they don’t respect themselves they’re not going to respect you. 

 

 

And so I just tell Chase every day to make sure he keeps it clean, that he respects someone else’s child, and that he does not do anything that he would be ashamed for his mother to find out. 

Keith Davis:

 

Got it, sounds like great advice to me. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you. 

Keith Davis:

Chase is actually one of my favorites on the show, I just love him and I was able to see previews of some of the episodes coming up, I know he’s going to have a little episode where his wisdom tooth’s getting pulled out. Without spoiling too much, what’s one of the funniest or craziest scenes we’ll see this season? 

 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I’m not going to lie to you, the wisdom teeth – I mean, if you’ve seen it then you know. I mean, I got a lot of joy out of that,  as morbid as it is, I did get joy out of it, I’m so sick and tired of hearing him tell me he’s a grown-ass man while he’s laying there crying like a baby. 

 

 

So I did get a certain amount of satisfaction out of that, but I don’t know that – there are so many things that are so funny in this season. I mean, like the juice bar, you know, we did a commercial for the juice bar and my mother – there are two or three episodes this season in these back episodes where my mother has literally stolen from everyone and doesn’t even have a clue that she’s doing it. 

 

 

So there’s just so many things that have been good in these episodes that you guys have got coming up, and the great episodes that we’re shooting right now. 

Keith Davis:

 

Awesome. Faye is hilarious by the way. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Oh my, my mother is something special. 

Keith Davis:

 

Absolutely. Well thank you so much for your time, Todd. Awesome speaking to you. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you so much, thank you, have a great day. 

Keith Davis:

 

Yes. 

Operator:

 

And our next question comes from the line of Rodney Ho with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Your line is open - please go ahead. 

Rodney Ho:

 

Thank you, how’s it going, Todd? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I’m good, how are you? 

Rodney Ho:

 

Good, good. I was wondering what was the best part of doing lip sync battles? It looked like you had a lot of fun there. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

You know, I was competing against someone that I like very much - NeNe Leakes.  She and I are friends, and you know, it was an opportunity for me to go out and have a good time and not worry about anything. And it was just very carefree. You know, I’m good friends with Chrissy Teigen and it was just a very good environment to be in. 

Rodney Ho:

 

You didn’t mind that you didn’t win? It’s okay? 

Todd Chrisley:

Oh, no. I mean, listen, the bitch stole my title, so I mean, you know, I mean, there’s going to be a rematch. 

 

Rodney Ho:

 

Okay, we’re going to have to see part two of that. On a more serious note, how was the – absolutely, well, on a more serious note, how are things going with you and Kyle? Everything is getting better since [Unable to hear rest of question] 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Rodney, I don’t discuss my oldest son. He’s not on the show. 

Rodney Ho:

 

Fair enough, okay. That’s perfectly fair, and well good luck, I hope you enjoy the rest of the shooting. How much more shooting do you guys have left? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

We have – we’re finishing up the last five of 26 episodes for Season 4. 

Rodney Ho:

 

((Crosstalk))

 

Wow, you are shooting all the time. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

That’s a long season, my friend. 

Rodney Ho:

 

Oh, my goodness. So are we going to see any big trips? Are there going to be any new trips coming along out of town? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

In these back five I don’t believe so. I think you’ll see in the episodes coming up that we did take a trip to Hawaii. 

Rodney Ho:

 

Okay. Nice, so I’m looking forward to that. So I’m sure you guys had a good time in Hawaii, right? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

We did, we had a very nice time. 

Rodney Ho:

 

Lovely. Well, good luck, and good luck with the back half. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Rodney, thank you so much. Have a great day. 

Rodney Ho:

 

You too, bye. 

Operator:

 

And ladies and gentlemen, as a final reminder, if you would like to register for a question, please press 1, 4 on your telephone keypad. Our next question comes from Anne Easton with the New York Observer. Your line is open - please go ahead. 

Anne Easton:

 

Hi, Todd. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Hey, how are you? 

Anne Easton:

I’m doing good. I just wondered what do you think that you’ve learned about yourself over the course of doing these past four seasons of the show? 

 

Todd Chrisley:

 

I think that the show has been very liberating, not only for myself but for my family as a whole, because it has brought us closer together and it’s caused us to have less concern about someone else’s opinion of us. 

Anne Easton:

 

Excellent, I love that. You know, there’s so much content on TV right now. What’s your best sales pitch to get people to watch your show? 

Todd Chrisley:

 

You know, I don’t do a sales pitch, because I feel like that we are so blessed to have someone tune in and watch our show because just like you said, there is so much content out there. So I feel such an obligation to make sure that we’re being honest and sincere and that everything that we go through in our lives is being given to you so then may be viewers won’t make some of the mistakes that we’ve made, or take something that works for us that will prevent you from making a mistake. So I think that the best way for me to ask you to watch our show is by me being who I truly am. 

Anne Easton:

 

Awesome. Thanks so much, I appreciate that. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you so much. 

Operator:

 

And there appear to be no further questions on the phone lines. Miss Galo, I’ll now turn the conference back to you. 

Caitlin Galo:

 

Great, so we’ll just do one final call out for questions and if there are no other questions, then we appreciate everyone tuning in to the show. This season for our mid-season finale or premiere is this upcoming Tuesday at 10/9 Central with two back-to-back episodes on USA Network, and thank you so much, Todd, for your time today. 

Todd Chrisley:

 

Thank you so much. 

Caitlin Galo:

 

Thanks, (Colin). 

Operator:

 

 

You’re very welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the conference call for today. We thank you all for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines. 

END

 

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