How are you doing? I hope well. Sorry to interrupt your busy day; however, I had a few things I wanted to say to you.
First and foremost, I moved to the Chicago area on January 1, 2011. It took me forever to get settled in. It is not an easy task to pick-up and start over. Of course, I figure it was easier for you because you came here with a job. Also, you have lots more money than I do, so it took you no time to go out and explore Chicago. I had to find a job, save up money, and then start exploring, but I digress...
Remember when you were loving Chicago those first few days? Remember when you were interviewed for the Chicago Sun-Times?
“I think it’s going to work, and I think I’d like to live in Chicago. It seems as though so many things are falling into place synchronicity-wise. I think chapter two will be in Chicago.”
Do you remember saying those things?
I am sure you do. I am sure you were excited to live in The Windy City. After all, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States. That is nothing to laugh at, and speaking of laughing, we are home to so many comedy-related events.
Remember, when you use to be funny?
Those were the good ole days.
So, like you, I thought I would love Chicago also. The difference in us though is that I did fall in love with the city. I love the people, the atmosphere, the vast amount of things to do, and even the food.
You, on the other hand, are folding in the towel after five months. Your staff seems to think it is because you have a hard time getting celebrities to fly into Chicago.
I find that hard to believe. We have tons of stuff to do, two huge airports, and, psst, Oprah never had any trouble getting people to fly into Chicago.
Plus, you cannot really judge a city after living here for only five months.
I understand that you want to move back to New York. I even understand that you want to take your show with you for the small amount of time it is left on the air.
However, please do us all a favor. Please, please, please stand up for Chicago. Do not blame Chicago because you cannot run a successful show.
Do not blame the people of Chicago because you cannot get celebrities to visit your show. Maybe they do not want to visit your show because you get less than 250,000 viewers a night.
Maybe they just do not like you because not that long ago you had a psycho-crazy-militant personality. I do not judge you for it, but others might.
The only thing I want for you is for you to be happy.
The only request I have from you is that even though it was not for you, do not let "insiders" in your staff blame Chicago for your failure.
Be an adult and stand up for a city that rallied around you when you moved here.
Quit throwing our great city under the bus so that you can save face with your fan, or fans if there is more than one.
Other than dissing our great city, I have no issue with you. Take your show to New York and have fun with it. However, acknowledge that you, not Chicago, are the failure in this. We only failed in thinking you were moving here because you wanted to try it, and not because you needed a scapegoat when you proved unpopular.Much Love, ArkieLad