In the new USA Network series, “Donny!,” Donny Deutsch plays a fictionalized version of himself. The series takes a satirical look at wealth, the media and modern romance. Before the series, Deutsch appeared on news programs offering his insight into business.
Deutsch talks about playing the TV version of himself.
Q: When did it hit you that it was a good idea to play yourself?
A: It happened, actually after my talk show on CNBC. I’ve been on every show whether it was filling in for Piers Morgan, the “Today” show. So many of these TV personalities are quite different on air than they are off the air. And the more I met, it kind of became an impetus that this would be a funny thing to do and kind of use that as a platform.
Q: Is there any part of Donny Deutsch we won’t see?
A: What’s in there that’s real is I’m more of an idiotic version of myself, but I’m making fun of myself. I’m very self aware. I’m a kid from Queens, and I live this very privileged life. And there’s not a day that I don’t walk into this great house, I go, “How the hell did I get here?” So I’m kind of self aware of my life as I watch it and am able to make fun of it and have fun with it. One thing that I was very adamant about I will make fun of myself in anything. I will be the butt of every joke.
Q: Why do a series where you poke fun at yourself?
A: I’ve been very lucky in my life. I’ve had a very fun, exciting life to do all these TV things and had success in advertising. In reality I am a complete idiot, and I’m struggling every day, and my kids are doing stuff. So we can get very caught up in if somebody is a celebrity or if somebody is a very successful businessperson. That’s why I kind of laugh at my own life sometimes. Watching people react to me if they’ve seen me on TV or they know I’ve been a successful business guy. And inside I know that I’m just kind of an idiot, and I’ve never lost sight of that.
Q: What would the real Deutsch say to the TV Deutsch?
A: I would say, ‘Dude, do you really know what you’re getting yourself into?’ I don’t know how much he’s thought it through.
- 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, USA Network