“Dealing with Aussies is always such a pleasure, it’s just effortless, but the time difference was very appealing,” he laughs.
“The irony is I go around the world saying ‘Good Morning’ but it’s never actually morning for me!”
Aspen says Sunrise frequently enables him to break news simply by virtue of its broadcast time, including reporting the deaths of Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on the same day.
Acknowledging the passing of Hollywood greats is integral to him even when it isn’t always apparent to younger Producers.
“I’ll say to my Producer we’ve got to talk about Jane Russell’s passing. You may not understand why she’s important, but let me explain why. Her sexuality changed motion pictures,” he insists.
“When Deborah Kerr passed I said ‘Give me a minute to talk about Deborah Kerr.’ If that scene on the beach in From Here to Eternity hadn’t been shot, the whole pushing of the envelope in sexuality wouldn’t have existed in films. These are the things that excite me.
“I got the last interview with Tony Curtis because I actually stayed in touch with Tony Curtis. I break all the stuff with Zsa Zsa Gabor because I’m friends with Zsa Zsa Gabor.”
“My recipes are very simple and the more complex ones are guest recipes,”he says.
“I just picked up the book and called some friends and said ‘Let’s have a dinner party in a book form so you can share your showbiz stories with the readers.’ Most people have heard my showbiz stories.”
The book includes recipes from Tony Curtis, Carole Lynley, James Denton, Carolyn Seymour, Richard Quest from CNN, Mindy Cohn from Facts of Life, Mimi Kennedy, agents, managers, casting directors, and even Lassie‘s veterinarian.
“So you have all these fascinating characters from the world of showbusiness gather around the dinner table, virtually.”
Sunrise airs 6am weekdays on Seven. Dinner at Nelson’s is on sale now.