The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Was Gordon Ford a Real Talk Show Host?

Was Gordon Ford a Real Talk Show Host

The titular Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is a housewife whose husband leaves her for his secretary in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

When she walks up on the stage at a comedy venue one evening and gives an unplanned, powerful, and raw set, she realises she has a dormant aptitude for humour.

Midge sets out to conquer the New York comedy scene and beyond with the support of her manager Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein).

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a period comedy-drama set in late 1950s and early 1960s New York. As a result, some real-life people appear in it.

If you’re curious whether Gordon Ford (Reid Scott), the host of ‘The Gordon Ford Show,’ is based on a real-life personality, we’ve got you covered.


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Was The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Gordon Ford a Real Talk Show Host

Was Gordon Ford a Talk Show Host in Real Life?

Gordon Ford, on the other hand, was not a professional talk show host. Sophie Lennon pays Susie a visit near the end of the fourth season’s 4th episode, seeking for her assistance in landing the hosting role of a new NBC game show.

Susie grudgingly agrees, and in the following episode, titled “How to Chew Quietly and Influence People,” she sets up a meeting with Mike Carr, a booker at “The Gordon Ford Show.”

Susie persuades Mike that if Sophie is invited to be a guest on Ford’s show, she will talk about anything, including her meltdown at her Broadway debut.

Sophie maintains her end of the deal during her interview with Ford, being upfront and exposing everything. She is successful in gaining access to the game show.

Susie tries unsuccessfully to get Midge to come on Gordon’s show. Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby) comes on ‘The Gordon Ford Show’ in episode 7, titled ‘Ethan… Esther… Chaim,’ to advertise his upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall.

Midge stares at a sign for ‘The Gordon Ford Show’ in the final scene of season 4, hinting that Ford will play a key role in the fifth and final season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.’

The Ford Show,’ a primetime variety show that aired on NBC from 1956 to 1961, was based on Gordon Ford, a fictional character. Tennessee Ernie Ford, a singer and TV personality, presented the show.

‘The Ford Show’ included visitors from all walks of life over its five-season run, albeit a large proportion of them were artists. In the summer of 1961, ‘The Ford Show’ was replaced by ‘Great Ghost Tales,’ which was eventually pulled off the air.

Tennessee Ernie Ford is best known as a singer for songs like “The Shotgun Boogie” and “Sixteen Tons.” He became well-known for his role as Cousin Ernie in three episodes of ‘I Love Lucy.’