The groundbreaking Sally Jessy Raphael Show that has helped reshape the television landscape ended at the close of the 2002 season.
Sally Jesse delivered this message : "I've
been on television for 46 years, which must be a record. I've been proud of
many of the shows we've produced over the last two decades. It was my personal
statement about the issues facing society and the moral choices that people
make. It has been important to me to tackle topics that are meaningful and
in good taste."
"When our show debuted there was nothing on the air that showed real peoples' lives" says Raphaël, who became the first female talk show host when her show debuted Oct. 17, 1983. Although not appearing bitter about the recent cancellation - just a whisker shy of the 20th anniversary - Sally denied feeling pressure from other shows "Today, there seems to be little else other than reality programming, if thats what people want - they can have it."
"I am proud that we were able to help so many guests and viewers find solutions to their problems and comfort in their lives. I am also proud to have created the production formats that most talk shows now use. It has been a real privilege to have the opportunity to be in so many homes for such a long time. I will truly miss our very talented staff, dedicated crew and our loyal television audience."
The Sally Jessy Raphael Show is the longest-running talk show currently on daytime television and the first nationally syndicated single-topic talk show hosted by a woman.
Raphaël credits her success in the genre she helped pioneer with the approach she takes with her guests. "We have always treated our guests and their issues with respect. We don't joke about or trivialize them," she says.
Establishing itself as a forum for personal stories, relationship issues and fast-paced entertainment, Raphaël has connected with a diverse and loyal fan base that ranges from teens to housewives and working women. They can be seen everyday on the show interacting ñ often quite loudly -- with the guests.
Raphaël has been calling it as she sees it on TV since September 1983, when a guest appearance on Braun & Company in Cincinnati -- prompted by her popularity on radio -- led to a 13-week contract to host her own series. Sally Jessy Raphaël was launched as a local half-hour show on KSDK-TV St. Louis and, within six months, it was offered for national syndication.
Prior to launching her signature television show, Raphael was a pioneering presence in TV and radio. She served as a UPI and AP foreign correspondent in Europe and Central America; a familiar TV personality in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; and one of the first female TV news anchors in New York. She was also one of the first female rock deejays and, for many years, hosted the most successful nighttime radio shows on the NBC and ABC radio networks. Additionally, she has appeared as an actress in more than 100 feature films and TV shows. Raphael received Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host and for Outstanding Talk Show. Sally Jessy Raphael and her husband Karl Soderlund live in New York and in Nice, France.