The arm touch
Every morning, it's my self-appointed role to divide up the news scripts between co-anchor Ron (Mizutani) and me. There are different piles of scripts: for the producer, for the director, for the talent. With a three hour show, that's a lot of paper to keep track of, so we only print one batch for the anchor, and Ron and I divide it up.
Now and then, I will slide over Ron's script's to him while he's reading on air. Sometimes the scripts come in with seconds to spare, so it's something he needs immediately.
If I'm not careful, sometimes the camera will catch a portion of my arm moving the paper over to his side. Apparently, a crew member's mom caught this enough times and deduced something else.
Said Carlson, "Diane, my mom thinks you're sweet to be so concerned with Ron. She says you're always leaning over and patting his arm." It took us a few seconds to realize that she thought I was comforting him during a sad story.
We're good friends and all, but we laughed because comforting him is the last thing I'm doing on air.
Until, of course, this morning I actually did pat his arm in a gesture of comfort because he came in a little sick. So maybe sometimes I actually am being a friend!