Monday 24 July 2017

Ray D'Arcy clashes with Janice Dickinson: 'You're not fussy...you've had them all'

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

TV presenter Ray D'Arcy had his work cut out while interviewing outspoken supermodel Janice Dickinson on his show.

The self-proclaimed original supermodel was a guest on D'Arcy's new RTE show and she certainly made for an entertaining interviewee.

The 60-year-old spoke candidly about everything from her heyday in showbiz to the men in her life.

Ray appeared to rub the New York native up the wrong way when he told her that she had "had them all" referring to her high profile flings with Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson.

"I have not," Janice explained in retaliation.

"I can't believe I'm talking about this as my mam sits in the audience," Ray laughed as his mum smiled from her seat.

Janice then proceeded to say she was only interested in talking about the two men in her life; her son Nathan and her fiancé Robert Gerner (also known as Rocky.)

Rocky, Janice's partner of two years, looked on fondly as she spoke about how they were originally set up on a blind date.

"I'm fascinated by your life in the late 60s and 70s when you were a supermodel," Ray continued. "Your life was more rock n' roll than rock n' roll itself."

Janice, who grew up "very poor" in Brooklyn, agreed and said that she was always intent on proving herself.

"I always said I'll show the world, I'll just show them. And I did," she mused.

Speaking about her experiences in the glamorous era of Studio 54, Ray D'Arcy joked that she "wasn't fussy" as she sat on Ronald Reagan's lap.

"I mean about her politics," D'Arcy said as the audience booed and Janice looked shocked.

"I had my fair share Mr D'Arcy," Janice offered. "Studio 54 was the most hedonistic place - but a good Dublin pub is just as good!"

Ray D'Arcy on the first The Ray D'Arcy Show. Picture Andres Poveda
Ray D'Arcy on the first The Ray D'Arcy Show. Picture Andres Poveda

Ray (51) again provoked Janice when he said, "I would imagine a lot of people were impressed that you could actually talk and be funny, and be intelligent, because they weren't expecting that in a model. Do you think? Some people you met along the way."

Flabbergasted, Janice replied, "Name names?"

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant continued, "Here's the thing, most models don't speak. I went on to become a photographer, a writer, but the best thing I ever did was have my son and daughter. The best thing I ever did was be a mom. Honest."

Ray asked the former America's Next Top Model judge if she was happy to speak about Bill Cosby, the disgraced stand-up comedian who is accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of women during his career.

"I think people should know that he's not a good guy. Bill Cosby was not a good guy. I think the count is well up into the hundreds. Last November, I was number 13. I had been holding it in since 1982, that I had been drugged and raped by Cosby."
Read more: Legendary supermodel Janice Dickinson claims Bill Cosby raped her as a teen

TV Personality Janice Dickinson attends Life & Style Weekly's 10 Year Anniversary party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles
TV Personality Janice Dickinson attends Life & Style Weekly's 10 Year Anniversary party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles

Janice decided to go public with her story to support the women who suffered in silence over the years.

"I'm doing it for women all over the world. I'm doing it because it's the right thing to do."
Speaking about how she earned her reputation as the world's first supermodel, Janice said she should have trademarked the word.

"In 1979, I was doing runway, catalogue, editorial, print, I was a spokesperson...I was 21 then and I was working night and day. My agent said, 'Who do you think you are, superwoman?' I said, 'No honey I'm supermodel."

"If I was smart and had of gone to college, I should have trademarked the word!"

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