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Ann-Margret confronts Broadway Joe
When normal people talk to Joe Namath about 1969, they discuss Super Bowl III.
Me? I asked about “The Joe Namath Show,’’ the exquisitely bizarre chat show he co-hosted with Dick Schaap for 10 weeks that autumn.
“I hated it, because it was on my only day off [Monday nights],’’ Namath said.
Oh. But other than the schedule, he does have some fond memories of the show, including its famously loose, unpolished vibe. “I didn’t have the faintest thought to do it as a career,’’ he said.
On one show, Schaap turned to him and said, “The critics have been saying the appeal of this show is its amateurism. You're living up to it."
The guest list was eclectic, including Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, O.J. Simpson, Paul Anka, Jimmy Breslin, Maximilian Schell, Claire Bloom, Mickey Mantle and Louisa Moritz, who appeared (in a micro-mini-skirt) as the “mail girl.’’
The show’s most infamous moment was a cameo by Ann-Margret, Namath’s co-star in the film “C.C. and Company.’’ During a Q&A segment she rose in the audience and asked him to what he attributes his “quick release.’’
Namath and the audience giggled nervously. Then she added, “He knows what I mean."