Sunny Hostin on New Show ‘Truth About Murder’ & What She’s Learned from ‘The View’ | In Studio

Sunny Hostin on New Show ‘Truth About Murder’ & What She’s Learned from ‘The View’ | In Studio


– Hi, I’m Sunny Hostin, and I am In Studio with The Hollywood Reporter. (upbeat music) – You have a new show
coming out very soon. – I do. – “The Truth About
Murder” with Sunny Hostin – Yes! – On Investigation Discovery. – Yes. – I saw the first episode
and I’ve gotta tell you, it was so captivating. – Thank you.
– And it seems like you’ve really put a lot of
heart and soul into this, right? – I did, I am so proud of it, and I’m so excited about it because I’m not only the host,
I’m an executive producer, and it’s the first time I’ve actually done anything like this,
you know, been able to have my point of view and I really wanted to give voice to the voiceless because it’s something
that’s very important to me and personal, in the sense that, I saw my uncle stabbed in front o’ me when I was about seven. And what I remember the most about it is that I saw so much violence,
but no one dared talk about it. We didn’t talk about it in our family. I didn’t tell any of my
friends that I saw it. It wasn’t like we had money for therapy or anything like that, and even recently, I said to my dad, you know, I often think about that,
what happened with Uncle Ed, and he’s like, you think about it? I didn’t even think you
remembered it, you know, and so, I remember thinking, when I was collaborating with ID, I wanna tell those stories, the stories that no one talks about, the folks that don’t have the money for therapy, the folks that are keeping it inside. And let’s go through the journey. How do you go from crime to conviction? What does it do, not necessarily to, I don’t wanna get into the killer’s mind because a lot of people do that. I wanna talk to the victim’s families. I wanna talk to the cops. I wanna talk to the prosecutors. I wanna talk to the community members that are deeply deeply
affected by what happens when there is a heinous heinous crime that happens right next door
because, think about it. Something happens right next door to you, you’re thinking, is it
gonna happen to me next? – Right. – Is this where I wanna live anymore? What’s going on with humanity? And so, that’s sort of the
journey that I went on, you know, for six months, every single
weekend, and I cried a lot. – Yeah, how emotional that
must have been for you. – It really was. I called my husband, you
know, after every shoot, and he was like, you sound weird. And I’m like, yeah, I’ve been crying. – I had a weird day – Yeah, he’s like, you’re
crying during the interviews? I was like, yeah, because, in some sense, it was cathartic because I felt like every single person said, “Thanks for letting me tell my story.” – Yeah. – And I thought, oh wow, well, thanks for honoring me by sharing it.
– That must have meant so much. – You know, because it’s
hard for victims to say, – For sure. – To share, but it was hard, harder than I thought it would be because I was a prosecutor
for a pretty long time, but this felt different. I don’t know, I was sort of in their space in a different way. – Like you said, what’s really interesting about this series is that it really does come from the victim’s perspective and the perspective of the family members and the loved ones. What made you want to take that approach in today’s entertainment landscape that is so obsessed with true crime, but a little bit more consumed with the darker sides of true crime? – Yeah, and to be sure, it
is kinda dark, in a sense, because it’s painful when
you hear the stories, like Gloria’s story, where
she’s saying, you know, she comes home and they
wouldn’t let her in, and so, she knew, in her heart, something happened to her daughter, but I am, I didn’t want
to exploit anyone’s pain, but I was a little tired
of, why did he kill her and let’s get into the
mind of this person. I wanted to explore, like,
what is Gloria thinking, that she’s never going to
get to see her kid again. How does she move on? What happens to Christine,
that she’s gotta now survive after having a bullet in her head? You know, that was more interesting to me. You know, how do people survive when this kinda thing happens to them? I wanted to show the
resilience of our citizens because we’re going through
tough times in our country. – Facts. – Facts. – Yeah. (laughs) – And I thought, let’s explore that. – Yeah, yeah, I really like
the way it came across. – Thank you. – The series is six parts. – Yes. – How did you narrow down which murders you wanted to tackle? The first episode revolves around a woman who is also a person of color. So, I’m wondering if, inclusivity
was closely considered as you were putting together– – Yes, Evan.
– the story. Yeah, okay? – It was really important to me to be sure, you know,
celebrity-driven things, we see that in the news
all the time, right, so you think about the Varsity scandal and any kind of murder that
involves sort of a celebrity, people, you know, flock to. I wanted to talk about people of color. I wanted to talk about women. I wanted to explore the LGBTQ community, and I looked for cases like that because those stories
are too often not told. – Okay. – And I looked for them. They were everywhere. – So it must have been hard
– Everywhere! – to narrow it down to six. – It was really difficult, but I think we found the most compelling and those that were not told. Another thing that was driving me was, so many women are harmed in our country and all over the world by
people who they think love them. And more often than not, you know, we are taught as little girls
and even as we get older, stranger danger, you know, be careful when you’re going out. Someone’s gonna, you know, just grab you and we explore that too in our show, more of a hate crime angle there, but that happens, but more frequently, it’s by someone that knows
you that you think loves you. And I picked a lot of those cases as well. – Well, it’s clear that your background as a federal prosecutor really gives you a singular perspective to lead this show and– – Yeah. – How do the murders that
you explored in the show, how do they stack up to the cases that you’ve dealt with
throughout your career ’cause I know you specialize
in child sex crimes. – Child sex crimes, yeah. – So, were you shocked by anything, by digging more into the
murder side of crimes? – I was surprised by the planning. That’s what surprised me the most. I dealt certainly with
predators that planned, so that was similar, but
what was surprising to me was, these murderers
always seemed to think that they were the smartest in the room. And I experience that a
little bit, no question, but this took it to another level. What also surprised me
was the use of technology ’cause I don’t want to age myself, but when I was prosecuting cases, it was more rudimentary, right? We didn’t have some of the technology. Murderers, in our cases,
were trying to use technology to their benefit, and in
many instances, they did, and they almost got away with murder. They were able to cover the
murders using technology. Simple things like cell
phones, they had, you know, probably googled how to hide their crimes and, you know, mapped out
where the cell towers were. So it was fascinating.
– Isn’t that insane? – Just fascinating to me.
– Yeah. – And it just takes one little slip-up, – Yes. – for the case to be solved which we’re always hoping for, but if those slip-ups,
– ‘Cause they’re never the smartest person in the room. – Right, exactly.
– They think they are, but they’re not. There’s always a crack
– They’re not. in the plan somewhere.
– They’re not. (laughter) – On the view, you’re known
for telling it like it is, for saying what everyone is thinking, but you’re also known
for having the ability to have anyone and everyone
just open up to you, and for being so empathetic, and we obviously see that
on the series as well when you’re talking to the families and loved ones of the victims,
with first responders, everyone involved in the case. So, how is filming an episode
of “The Truth About Murder” different than filming
an episode of “The view”? I’m sure there’s a lot o’ differences, but also probably some overlap since, on both projects, you’re just so authentically Sunny. – Yeah, well, I don’t get
interrupted as much on “Truth About Murder”, so certainly that was different. (laughs) I think the skill set helped both, right? I try to be pretty
even-handed most of the time, and I always think, my mantra is, “No one does you better than you.” So I just try to just do me and be myself, and I think viewers get
that from me, right. And I think the folks that
I interviewed got that. What you see is what you get. I’m not an actress, I’m not an actor. I just put it out there, and
I think it’s served me well. It served me well when I
was a prosecutor, you know. I was one of those folks that just would knock on the door and say, “Come on, I’ve sent you how many subpoenas and you won’t show up to
my office, let’s talk.” You know, I don’t wanna
send the marshals out. What’s goin’ on? And I kinda just do that on the show, and I do that on this series as well. – What have you learned about
handling personal conflict? I feel like you guys
are just experts at it. – Yeah, we get better and better actually. I think, not to take anything
personally, is the best thing. And when you leave the
table, you have to try to leave it at the table. It doesn’t always work for us
because we’re so passionate, and we’re in such
difficult times right now, and we’re passionate
about how we feel about it because it just feels like end of days for all of us at the table, at least. So, what we try to do or,
at least, what I try to do, and I think I can speak
for my co-hosts is, we leave it at the table and know that we can pick it up again. – Mm hmm. – And we try to leave as friends. And we don’t try to
change each other’s minds ’cause it’s not really about that. It’s just about respecting
everyone’s opinion, not taking it personally and knowing that we’re gonna
be there again tomorrow with the same group of people. – Right. – So you can’t burn a bridge
and you can’t be offended or be offensive because you got to come to work the next day. – Right. – And that’s how we do it. It’s just, it’s like a
dysfunctional family. That’s how I think about
it, you know. (laughs) You’re still gonna be
related to that person. So, you don’t wanna say something that you can never take back. And sometimes, we, like,
we really get into it and we’re angry, you know,
and we throw ’em off, and we say things to each other backstage, and then, you know, we’ll
say, “Sorry about that, girl.” – (laughs) Who would you say your favorite sparring partner
is on the show and why? – It depends on the day,
to be honest with you. I’ve sparred with all of
them on stage and off. – Yeah? – Yeah, it depends on the day because we’re all passionate
about different things and we all feel differently
about the same issue, believe it or not. So, it just depends, like,
I’ve sparred with all of them, believe it or not, and I
think you would probably get the same answer
’cause, Joy may be Meghan’s favorite sparring partner right now, but they weren’t favorites before, right? – But it shifts, okay.
– So it really, it just depends, it depends on the issue, and that’s what makes it fun, right? That’s what makes it fun, I think. – Yeah, for sure, it’s very fun to watch. – I know, (laughs) most of the time. I think it was Barbara Walters’ vision. You get five really passionate,
smart, engaging people that have a bit of a sense of humor, and put them at the table together. – Right. – And you talk. – Yeah, what I love
about the show is that, even though there are so many
different opinions and views, it’s become a really important stop for presidential hopefuls. You’ve had so many
– Unbelievable. – different candidates come
on the show this year alone. – Unbelievable.
– Biden, Mayor Pete, Kamala Harris, before she
announced her candidacy. – Yes. – So… – And after, she came after as well. – Yeah, which candidate
has impressed you the most as a guest co-host, just based
on their time on the show? – Gosh, I’ve always been very
impressed with Mayor Pete. I just think he’s wicked smart. I have found him very impressive. Elizabeth Warren has been very impressive. She gets better and better
every time she comes, which is interesting to me. Kamala, when she came
back the second time, there was this interesting
feeling in the audience. It was different than, – The first time. – the first time. So, those three so far have been the ones that have stood out to me. – And why do you think
it is an important stop on campaigns now? – Well, we have 3 million viewers. We skew heavily female. Our viewers are voters. They listen to what we say. The New York Times says
we’re the most important political show in America. I think that is true. From each one of us, you
will get the perspective of a different voter, and I
think political candidates understand that, and they also understand that if they come on our show, we ask the difficult questions. No one gets a pass, you know. I’m going to cross-examine someone from a legal perspective. Joy is the comedian who’s brilliant and who is, you know, gonna
cut you off at the knees and you don’t even know that it’s coming. You have Meghan and Abby who
are from political families and so, they sort of have
an insider perspective that we don’t have, and then
you have Whoopi Goldberg, who has this kind of,
you know, sense of things because she knows folks from all over the political spectrum. So you’re gonna get a little
bit of everything from us, and bottom line is, our
viewers vote and listen to us. – Mm hmm, for sure. – So there’s a tremendous reach there and you cannot run for
president of the United States and not come on our show. And you really can’t be a political player and not come on our show because we have Republicans and Democrats, just politicians, not even
running, that come on the show. – Don’t you love it? I love that “The View”
– I love it! – has became that. – It is the place to be. It’s the place to be. – Yeah. – Yeah. – It’s the place to be,
and the new show to watch is
– It is! “The Truth About Murder”
with Sunny Hostin, premiering October 22nd on
Investigation Discovery. – Yeah, yeah. – Thank you so much for being here. – Thank you, I’m so proud of it. So, thank you for having me. – Of course. (screen whooshing)

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  1. Proud of her! She is a hard worker, and it has paid off. A great show, exploring a different perspective; excellent idea!

  2. Sunny is just gorgeous. I'm very happy for her new gig without anyone sitting across her putting her down. She is so kind. I hope for the show to succeed.

  3. 13:30 Sunny shows how invested she is as a co-host on The View. My dream is that she has a long history on the show as Joy and Whoopi have had over the years. Every co-host on The View brings tremendous value to the panel. Sunny's career will continue to blossom, and I pray she remains on the view as she becomes even more popular.

  4. It's so sad show about murder sell well. Their no more family, comedian, love stories show. I would like to go home and relax seeing a happy show. Just saying 🤷‍♀️

  5. The co-host on ABC’s The View, Sonny Hostin will be branching out to an investigation Discovery’s “Truth About Murder”, of which I wish her much success, however, my advise is to tone down her excessive streaking dyed hair and often greasy lip coverings at the risk of them becoming a distraction to whatever aim her new venture dares to take on…premieres tonight, check local listings…

  6. I don’t support or have any respect who smear our veterans. Another rich, spoiled, elitist who will prostitute herself for the Clintons and the establishment.

  7. I love Sunny and the idea of the show. She surprised me when she mentioned therapy, since she said in the past that she wouldn't do it on the view. I think it would benefit anybody, but especially someone who was so traumatized as a child and then seen so much evil as a prosecutor.

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