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Home Entertainment BooksFor 'Fox and Friends' co-host Steve Doocy, family is centralBy Cindy Hoedel / McClatchy Newspapers Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - Added 4d 21h agoE-mail Print (0) Comments Text size Share KANSAS CITY, Mo.

— Steve Doocy, who grew up in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas, is a host on Fox network's "Fox & Friends" morning program and author of "Tales From the Dad Side" (HarperCollins, 2008).

We caught up with Doocy when he was in town to accept the Kansas Community Service Award from Leadership Kansas honoring his charitable works.Q.

You reflect a lot about parenthood in your book.

What do you think is the most important thing to know about parenting?A.

That it goes by so fast.

You need to spend time with them.

I know a lot of people in New York who have children they never see who are being raised by people they found on Craigslist.

I just think that's sad.

Our swanky New York friends, when we tell them we're going to Europe or Florida on vacation, they say, "Who's taking care of the kids?" When we say the kids are coming with us, they say, "You take your kids on vacation?" We're like, "Yes, don't you?"(Takes a phone call) Hello ...

Can I call you back? ...

That's nice.

Let me call you back.

So long.

That was my wife.

She's looking for vacations.Q.

That's nice, you take the call from your wife.A.

Of course I do.Q.

Is that one of the secrets of a good marriage? You wrote another book called "The Mr.

and Mrs.

Happy Handbook."A.


Another secret that's in the book is, I take my wife out to lunch once a week.

The nice thing is it lasts an hour or two and afterward I can take a nap because I get up so early every day — at 3:27 a.m.Q.

Three twenty-seven?A.


I've got it down to the minute.

No reason to be standing up if I don't have to be.Q.

What do you love about television?A.

That I do a show that is over in three hours.

When I'm working on a book, a thousand words might take me two weeks.Q.

There's been a lot written about the pressures on women to look young and attractive on the air.

How much pressure do you feel to maintain your looks and keep in shape?A.

I do think about it.

When I go out on a book tour, people say I look a lot skinnier in person, and shorter, and younger.

TV really does something crazy to how you look.

My dad probably weighs about 150 pounds.

So I'm chunky for a Doocy man.

But there is pressure.

Here's an example: One day in New Jersey, I'm out there with my weed whacker and I kick up a pebble.

The next day, they told me to put on my glasses, because I had a big shiner.

So I put on my glasses and you couldn't see it.Q.

You have great hair.

Would it scare you if you started to lose it?A.

It would scare me.

Because some people on TV have fake hair, and you can tell.(c) 2009, The Kansas City Star.

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