Vinny Guadagnino attended The New Billboard Launch Event at Stage 48 this week. We caught up with reality star where discussed his new show and his first guest Lil’ Wayne.
Q: Tell us about your new show.
Vinny Guadagnino: So I have a new TV show coming out, talk show, hybrid reality-talk show called The Show with Vinny, and it takes place in Staten Island, and celebrities pretty much just come hang out with me in my crib like a normal person with my family and eat a lot of Italian food and deal with my insane family. And it’s amazing because you’ve never seen celebrities in this kind of way before where they can actually be real and be themselves and not just be like stuck up on, you know, sit across my guy on a desk, you know what I mean?
Q: How many guests per show?
Vinny Guadagnino: There’s no set format, because we’re still filming, but usually probably around two.
Q: We hear Lil Wayne is your first guest on the show?
Vinny Guadagnino: It was amazing. I mean, Lil’ Wayne is my homie and he did a real solid for me back when I was first starting. I was like, ‘Yo, you want to do this talk show?’ I had met him, you know, as I represent Trukfit, you know, as I’m down with like…on Jersey Shore I was wearing Free Weezy shirts like back, you know, when he was in jail and he’s just a fan and for that, he did me a solid came through and he was the coolest guy in the world.
Q: How will your show compare to other late night kings?
Vinny Guadagnino: I’m definitely different than any other talk show hosts you’re going to see because I am, I’m 25 years old… Amongst these people, I’m one of their peers, you know what I mean? I’m not like someone who, they just come in on a talk show to see…I usually meet them at a party or met them at an event or something, and they’re coming over to see me. And I’m a fan at the same time. I’m like, ‘Holy crap, they’re in my house’ because … this also happened to me a couple of years ago from Jersey Shore. I’m not like, this celebrity that’s been like, on the scene for a long time, you know. It just really doesn’t make sense that this is happening to me, and that’s the coolest part about it.
Q: What made you, do the talk show as opposed to another reality show?
Vinny Guadagnino: Well, I’m definitely not like the best reality star out there. I don’t really drink that much…I’m not that wild, you know, I can’t just be wild on cue like that. I’m better at like taking direction and like hosting and reading and studying, like doing research on someone. I like to act, I do improv, I do all that stuff, so that’s more of my personality than the reality show. And then that combined with what the network needed and my family, like ‘Yo, the talk show would be fine right now, yeah.’
Q: So other than the talk show, what else do you have going on?
Vinny Guadagnino: Well my book is still out, Control the Crazy just got released on paperback. It was a New York Times bestseller back when it was in it’s eighth release and now it’s still doing really well. It’s helping people everywhere. I do college speeches about the book and like I try to always incorporate that in my career, just like helping people with struggle…and motivation. So I’m going to keep doing that as well as this show and then hopefully I just keep on doing more acting stuff because I love doing little acting roles.