This week, NBC Universal will begin taping its fourth daytime talk show produced at the Stamford Media Center. “Trisha Goddard” — hosted by renowned conflict resolution expert and television personality Trisha Goddard — will premier on September 17 this fall.
“You rarely find a person with so many life experiences who is so courageous in sharing them,” Paul Faulhaber, executive producer of both "Trisha Goddard" and "Maury," said. “We had been trying out hosts to be experts on “Maury." From the first time I saw Trisha, she just popped off the screen. She was someone who could do this and do it well.”
Goddard began appearing on “Maury" two years ago as an expert in conflict resolution and quickly became popular with viewers.
“The truth is very important to the Trisha Goddard show and to Trisha,” Faulhaber said.
Goddard’s career in television began in Australia in the 1980s where she hosted “Play School” for ten years. During this time, she landed a job hosting the Australian Broadcast Corporation’s primetime current-affairs program,“7:30 Report” becoming the first black anchorwoman to appear on Australian television.
In 1998, Goddard moved to Britain to host her own talk show “Trisha."
“I've learned that a lot of topics are universal, in family conflicts it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, people have the same concerns and the same struggles,” Goddard said.
Personal experiences led Goddard to take an interest in mental health advocacy that has informed both her career and extensive charity work for decades.
“My late sister had schizophrenia and committed suicide,” Goddard said. “There was a stigma about it — no one wanted to talk about it, but being a news journalist, I did.”
"Trisha Goddard" will tackle many topics familiar to fans of "Maury," "The Jerry Springer Show," and "The Steve Wilkos Show" — conflicts within families and with the outside world — all handled with Goddard's signature resolution-focused style.
“People can change, there are solutions in life,” Goddard said. “I’d do it whether there was a camera there or not."
“I compare it to a box of puzzle pieces — some hosts will throw the pieces up in the air and let them fall — that’s the show’s value right there,” Faulhaber said. “Trisha picks up those pieces and takes the time to put them back together and create an entirely new image.”