Tony Robbins, the self-help guru, could not help himself as much as he wanted as his reality show debuted last week with one of NBC’s worst premieres ever. Robbins said it was a frustrating experience, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The show, which was watched by an average of 3.1 million viewers, focuses on Robbins helping people who are coping with tough times and came about after Robbins had rejected reality show approaches that involved competition, the article says.
But Robbins found that not all his ideas were embraced by network executives, such as his effort to include one family dealing with the suicides of two members. The network turned that story down, possibly because the episode may have been too depressing, the story says. "I’m used to making everything happen. So it was frustrating — it would be a lie to say it wasn’t frustrating some of the time. Some of my favorite parts aren’t in the show," Robbins says.
Robbins also says he’s swearing off infomercials, where most consumers have come to know him as the 6′ 7" man with a gleaming smile and promises of help, the story adds. "People are skeptical today and there’s so much junk out there, that it has a negative association … I don’t think I’ll be doing many more of them," he says.