Interview with Joey Greco

Author: Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Date: 12-13-2009

“Cheaters” host Joey Greco has not been chasing down Tiger Woods the last few weeks. But he has been increasingly fascinated by the unfolding scandal surrounding the golfer’s alleged infidelities.

Catching unfaithful lovers in the act is a dirty job, but someone has to do it so everyone else can watch on national television. Enter Greco, dressed in his trademark black ensemble that is his uniform for the syndicated series.

Since becoming host of the program in 2002, Greco has been pushed, punched, stabbed (he recovered nicely, thank you) and gets routinely threatened as he interrupts secret rendezvous and even weddings to expose infidelity. As the series celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Greco, an aspiring actor who has degrees in psychology, education and counseling, discusses the troubles facing Woods, the show’s underground popularity, and his status as the “Dark Knight” of reality-show hosts.

“Everyone seems to be caught up in the Tiger Woods story, but it must be the Holy Grail of cheating stories for you.”

When David Letterman made his announcement about his affairs, the hoopla was pretty much over after a week. But that’s not happening here. I understand the hesitancy of speaking out, but handling it like Letterman did probably would have been a better option for Tiger. Look at what his wife has gone through. As the number of women continue to pile up, at what point does someone start lose faith in the person they thought they knew?

“Have you ever heard anyone else use the gentler term “transgressions”?

Yes. You can call it anything you want. At the end of the day, it still has the same meaning.

‘Are you surprised it’s become such a huge story, even though he asked for privacy?”

Not surprised. He had an image that everyone looked up to. People who achieve exceptional things are encouraging to us. We place them on a pedestal because we want to emulate what they accomplish…..Everyone can make a bad decision once. Twice is a trend. Three times it’s evidence.

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