Robin Leach Talks Making Champagne Wishes A Reality At Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

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The week has finally arrived! One of you will be a millionaire by Sunday night! We sure hope you have been racking up those Tier credits because it could be you! And there’s still time! Need more info? Click here and here.

So someone’s life will be forever changed a little after 10 p.m. on Sunday night at Harrah’s Resort…and this will not happen quietly! Nineteen finalists will be chosen at 8 p.m. that night from Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City. Robin Leach, of Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, Food Network and so much more, will be waiting at Harrah’s Resort to pull the lucky number that will make one of these finalists a millionaire!

That has to be an awesome gig; making someone’s dream come true! Needless to say, Robin Leach does know a thing or two about millionaires. We caught up with him recently to discuss his role in the One Million Dollar Giveaway and more! Check out the interview, below.

Robin Leach

TAC: You started out as the youngest “Page One” reporter for Daily Mail in the U.K. at just 18 years-old. How did you know that this was what you wanted to do since then?

Robin Leach: I was 15 when I left school and joined the local newspaper and then from 18 I went from The Harrow Observer to The Daily Mail. I thought that the daily newspaper, that in those days came through the letter box, was magic. This was in the days before there were 24-hour news channels, so you got your news from the morning newspaper. I couldn’t believe the miracle of every morning coming down and finding it there at the front door with the news of the day before with pictures and stories. I just thought it was incredible! I guess there must have been ink in my blood because that’s the profession that I chose to go into.

TAC: You have been an entertainment & celebrity reporter for 50 years now.

Robin Leach: Yeah, actually a little longer now! There was this 25-year trip through telling stories on television that started at CNN and went to Entertainment Tonight and Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, and of course a lot of people forget or don’t know that I was one of the co-founders of the Food Network.

TAC: What are some of your favorite stories you have covered throughout your career?

Robin Leach: A lot of the stories I have done have been personality profiles on some of the biggest stars in the world and also on Lifestyles, we shot profiles on absolutely amazing people who were the wealthiest and most successful people in the world. So rather than pull out individual names, people who ended up achieving things that people told them was never possible, have always fascinated me. I love Horatio Alger’s stories of people who go from rags to riches. I love stories of people finding success who perhaps leave a lousy job and end up being a star. Rod Stewart is a friend of mine who started out being a grave digger and became an International pop music phenomenon. There are legions of those stories and those are the ones that have fascinated me over the years.

TAC: Most people relate you with your famous phrase from Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”. Is there any kind of story behind how you coined this phrase?

Robin Leach: There were two of us and we were drinking a lot of bubbly when we were writing the presentation for Lifestyles! I’m a great believer in bookending television shows with something that sums up what you’ve just seen for 60 minutes. And so we were wrestling with lots of different catch phrases and buzz words, and we dismissed “platinum playgrounds” and we dismissed “golden circles”, and we really had come to the end of our creative juices. And I said let’s open another bottle of champagne and maybe it will come to us. The funny thing was that said it right at that moment. And what goes with champagne? Caviar! People wish and dream and people’s wishes come true, people’s dreams come true, and so it just all fit together nicely.

TAC: If you were to feature yourself now on Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, what would we see?

Robin Leach: That’s an interesting question; I’ve never been asked that in my entire life! I think people might be surprised that I still work very hard at what I do and what I love. And like many people in my business have said, when it’s not a job, it’s not work. If you love your work, then it’s a joy to do it every day. I’m still involved in a lot of creative writing and television productions that come in and out of Las Vegas. I’m still involved with a lot of chefs and their restaurants from my days on the Food Network, and it’s nice nowadays to donate what I earn to the different charities that I support here in Las Vegas. As you may or may not know, my fee in Atlantic City is going to go to Keep Memory Alive which is our brain research clinic here to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. And then I also support Opportunity Village which is one of my friend’s, Penn  Jillette’s, of Penn & Teller at The Rio Hotel. He’s on Celebrity Apprentice at the moment and so far he’s won $80,000 for Opportunity Village. So it’s a time in my life where I’m able to do good for the people that helped me along the way.

TAC: Did you ever expect to make yourself a celebrity as a celebrity reporter or was it something that just kind of happened naturally?

Robin Leach: No, it was never my intention! People that watched me on television made me that way! I’d be just as happy being anonymous behind the camera, but as I said, you take what you’re given and you try to put it to good use. I’m not rich, but I am famous. I’m comfortable, not rich. I wouldn’t qualify for the people that were on my own show. I would qualify for “Lifestyles Of The Comfortable And Famous”.

TAC: What are your thoughts on the changes on entertainment reporting that have happened throughout your career for example, now we have outlets like TMZ that have people staked out everywhere at all times, looking for dirt as well as social media coming into play which can somewhat take stories away from reporters in some cases…

Robin Leach: I’ve never played the paparazzi game. I’ve only ever done where I’ve been invited in as a reporter. In my early days as a journalist in England, I did get involved in steak-outs of famous people who were newsworthy; whether it be they were in trouble or had something successful to report. But in those days, we were still gentlemanly about it. And it greatly perturbs me now when you’ve got these camera people who really are paparazzi and really dangerous in their stalking techniques; chasing people in high speed car chases. And it’s competition for the dollar. A lot of the magazines and newspapers that buy those photos contribute to a climate that is not healthy. I’ll be the first to tell you that Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous was the first tabloid television show, but it celebrated success in a nice way. We didn’t storm our way into people’s homes or lives, we went there because we asked and we asked politely and nicely, and they extended the invitation. When I see some of these confrontational shows with cameras in faces provoking fights or other situations, that’s not good. One, it’s not honest, and two; everybody is in such a competitive state. They’re exaggerating and they’re fabricating. It’s good to be from the beginning when this was a nice, healthy business.

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about coming to Harrah’s Resort over Memorial Day weekend & making someone a millionaire?

Robin Leach: I just love the idea that somebody who has a dream of becoming a millionaire will actually walk out of Atlantic City with $1 million. It will change their lives and they can set themselves up forevermore as a result. To take someone’s dream and make it come true, to transform someone’s wish into a reality, that’s a wonderful and beautiful thing to be able to do and we’re doing it with a lot of fun. Any one of those 19 people can win a prize and one of them will win $1 million. What a way to celebrate a great American holiday!

TAC: You’ve done most of your work in Las Vegas, but are you excited to come to Atlantic City and what do you like about it?

Robin Leach: I’ve traveled all over the world living in London, living in the Caribbean, living in New York, living in Los Angeles and now living in Las Vegas, but I like Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a very exciting city and Atlantic City is the same kind of town.

TAC: Is there a certain kind of story you’ve been itching to report on that you haven’t had the chance to yet or have you pretty much knocked everything off of your bucket list?

Robin Leach: I think we’ve knocked everything off the bucket list! Personally, I’m sorry that I never got to interview Katharine Hepburn when she was alive because I think that she was a great, gracious and venerable lady of the movie screen. I would have loved to live in the era of Humphrey Bogart and people like that were at the height of their movie careers. I think that unfortunately we have lost a lot of what I call superstar quality today and we have a lot of unknown rat pack actors.  If it was stories that I could have/would have wished for, it would have been to be able to do the show in that era long gone by. But everyone from Elton John to Celine Dion to you name it, they’re sort of good acquaintances of mine and they’re always gracious with their time for us. I’ve talked with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, we went to The Vatican and did a tour with The Pope, I don’t know what else we have left to do! We know all the top chefs in the world, we’ve profiled all of them and done all the superstars.

 

We know one thing you still have left to do, Robin Leach, and that’s make someone a millionaire at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City! Catch Robin check this one off of his bucket list live at 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th in the lobby. And don’t forget! This is the first of four times a millionaire will be made at Harrah’s Resort this summer!

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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