Zap2it: You’ve said that this season has been about tough love on “Hotel Impossible.” How was it received?
Anthony Melchiorri: For the most part, I’d say successfully. … There are three things that I could think of off the top of my head that I would say … I was surprised [at]. I was surprised that they would try to play me after six seasons and after realizing how I am. I’m very respectful, very nice, very caring, I want to help them. But I don’t really have a lot of tolerance for nonsense. You know, I’m away from my family, I’m away from my business. I’m on the road trying to help your hotel. You think I’m there for a TV show? I’m there to save your hotel but we happen to have a TV show. But I think there’s been two or three incidents where they thought I was a TV host. They forgot I was a hotel expert, so I had to remind them in a very direct way.
Zap2it: So they dismissed you as a TV host?
I think what happens is you’ve been on six seasons, so you become somewhat of a host/celebrity, and I don’t see myself that way at all. I see myself as a hotel guy that happens to be doing TV. And they get caught up with that and they can’t figure out, ‘Why isn’t he talking to me?’ Well, I don’t talk to anybody off camera. They’re like, ‘He’s so nice to me but then like he’s not talking to me.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t talk to you because if I talk to you off camera, you’re going to think this is a big joke.’ So I think this season I ran into several owners who were very set in their ways and I just had to pull them out. And I’ve had to do things — very interesting, very unique ways of pulling them out of it.