“Programs like ‘Travel with Chester’ are never superfluous on television”


Return to Cuatro with another season of the talk show. “It’s the format I enjoy the most, although it’s sacrificed the most for me,” he says

Ever since he became known to the general public as an unrelenting jury in ‘Operation Triumph’, Risto Mejide has been accompanying controversy on his television tour. While he continues to stir up the political class with humor and irony in ‘Everything is a lie’, the publicist and host has a new season of ‘Traveling with Chester’ ready, the interview room for Cuatro. Tita Cervera, Máximo Huerta, Sandro Rosell, Marc Márquez, Gloria Trevi, Cayetano Martínez de Irujo or Mai Meneses are some of the guests.

“Traveling with Chester” hadn’t circulated for eight years, did you miss it?

-A lot. It is the format that I enjoy the most, although it is the most sacrificed for me and in which I put the most of myself.

-Why the most sacrificed?

-Good, because to go to a Got Talent table, for example, I practically put my hands in my pockets, to be surprised and react. In ‘Everything is a lie’ there is a team of journalists who prepared some topics and an overview. ‘Chester’ was basically prepared by me. They give me a fifty page file on the character, books, records or movies he has, and I have to take it all in and put it in my head. I’m going without an iPad, without an earpiece, without a saddle. It’s a conversation that I never know where it will end.

-Does it come with anything new?

-The great novelty of ‘Chester’ is the people who sit on it and the moment they do it. I really wanted to go back to ‘Traveling with Chester’ because it’s about taking them out of their comfort zone and taking them into other spaces. And then it’s not the same thing to do a pre-pandemic “Chester” than it is, say, post-pandemic. I believe the pandemic has changed many things in all of us and famous or famous people are no exception.

-Is there room on TV for quiet conversations? Do you think the public is asking for it?

-I believe that we are making a fair program, where the word plays the leading role, where no one is judged and everyone comes to understand. On television, these kinds of spaces are never superfluous.

-Presenting “Everything is a Lie” has brought you closer to journalism. Was anything taken from ‘Chester’?

-Do not believe it. They are two very different functions. It’s one thing to tell the news in a satirical tone, but quite another to delve into a character’s soul, which is the intention in ‘Chester’. It’s more about talking like we’re friends, but always looking for the authenticity of the character. In ‘Everything is a lie’ we expose every two to three the lies of our politicians, instead it’s about finding the truth of a character.

Has the program changed your view of politics?

– I couldn’t tell you. I’m better informed, more up to date with current events, but I can imagine I’m not disappointed, which says very little about the concept I previously had of politics.

-Back to Chester. Of all the guests this season, which one surprised you the most?

-I couldn’t make a ranking. There are guests who have surprised me by the grief they collect depending on the subjects. There are others who have surprised me with their ability to handle difficult problems or situations. For example, Máximo Huerta is one of my favorites because he’s a friend of mine, but we could never have had the conversation we had. Suddenly, two friends who get the chance to sit down and deepen the relationship he has with his mother, with success and failure, his resignation as Minister of Culture…

-Which historical figure would you like to interview and why?

-Well, look, I’d like to interview Johann Sebastian Bach because I’ve written a book that I’m about to publish and it would be the icing on the cake to get his views on many of the things I write about.

-‘Got Talent’, ‘Everything is a lie’, ‘Chester’, in which program do you feel most at home?

I don’t feel uncomfortable with anything. I really like them for several reasons. ‘Got Talent’ because it gives me the chance to connect with talent from all over the world; ‘Chester’ because I was allowed to delve into topics that can affect us all with very interesting people, such as success, failure, life, death, the couple, loneliness. And then in ‘Everything is a lie’ I have a great time, it’s my two hours of therapy or rather laughter therapy.

-What pisses you off?

-I’m small to get angry. I have character, but character is often confused with anger and they have nothing to do with it. I’m a little angry. I have character, but I express it in a rather moderate way, or so I think. If you talk to my enemies, they might tell you something different.

-In the first program he talked to Mai Meneses about mental health. How’s your?

-(laughs) Pretty good considering all the circumstances, thank you. I’m not complaining.

– Do you regret your statements during the chimes?

-I’ve already said everything I had to say in ‘Everything is a lie’ and it’s on my Instagram. There you have everything.

But I can ask you, right?

-Yes and I can answer you or not.

-It is that he explained that it was not an attack on Obregón or Pedroche, but on the managers they put there to make money. Did Mediaset executives also ask you to see if you would cash in on those comments?

-Then ask them. I do not know.

Source: La Verdad


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