Jane Lynch Reveals What Makes a Dream Reality TV Contestant, Compares Trump to a Playground "Bully"
"They see a bully on the playground who's saying, 'I'm gonna make sure nobody kicks your ass,'" the 'Hollywood Game Night' host says of Donald Trump's appeal to the masses.
According to Hollywood Game Night host, Jane Lynch, fighting and cheating are two elements that make for a successful unscripted show.
While discussing her hosting duties on the NBC series during The Hollywood Reporter's Reality TV Roundtable, the Glee actress dished on what makes an ideal contestant.
"It helps if they’re not starstruck or drunk," Lynch joked. "If you come on our show, you are risking the 99.9 percent chance of looking like an idiot. They go in knowing that."
She continued, "A lot of people are competitive, but for the most part, for me, it’s a successful show if a fight breaks out [or] if somebody cheats and I get to call them on it."
On the topic of the presidential race's first reality star turned candidate, Donald Trump, Lynch explained that his appeal comes from his tendency of "blowing things up."
"That whole 'I can do this and I can do that. We're gonna destroy this and we're gonna destroy that' — He gets all of these people going 'Yeah! Yeah!'" she said, adding that the masses are excited to "hang out with "the bully" for once. "They see a bully on the playground who's saying 'I'm gonna make sure nobody kicks your ass.'"
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