Last week, History’s sister network Viceland renewed Action Bronson’s Traveling the Stars, in which Bronson and his friends smoke marijuana and watch reruns of Ancient Aliens. This coming week is the semiannual History Channel Alien Con, the fan convention for Ancient Aliens and extraterrestrial/science fiction pop culture. As part of the promotional rollout for the convention, the History Channel arranged for Giorgio Tsoukalos to do interviews with California TV stations from a History Channel studio in Los Angeles. This is a step up for Tsoukalos, who last year had to physically schlepp out to local news studios. From History’s cushy digs, he spoke yesterday with Simone de Alba of Fox 40 in Sacramento.
Tsoukalos crowed about the way Ancient Aliens “struck a cord” with audiences worldwide, and de Alba told Tsoukalos that she has watched the show over its entire ten-year run. That was depressing enough—even I haven’t watched all ten years of the show!—and de Alba could be heard cooing and saying “Yes!” under her breath as Tsoukalos spoke.
De Alba asked Tsoukalos how he felt after reflecting on his ten-year Ancient Aliens journey:
It’s been incredible, and sometimes I really have to pinch myself that I get to do what I do. I feel incredibly lucky, and I’m so fortunate that through Ancient Aliens I’ve gotten to meet so many people who have shared their stories with me, and if only one percent of these stories are indeed correct, then I can tell you this: We are not alone.
I’d consider myself lucky, too, if I never had to do a day of real work and a mega-corporation showered me with cash, vacations, and luxuries. Tsoukalos has never written a book, for example, nor does he have a single original idea to his name, having borrowed his major claims from his mentor, Erich von Däniken.
Tsoukalos repeated his usual joke about styling his hair with an electric socket.
A gushing De Alba concluded by declaring Tsoukalso to be “just a star,” and somewhere Walter Cronkite rolled over in his grave before a History Channel producer declared it evidence of Plan 9 from Outer Space being put into action.
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