Zap2it: You’re teamed in judging “Funny or Die: America’s Next Weatherman” with another veteran of local Los Angeles forecasting, Johnny Mountain. How well do the two of you mesh?
Jillian Barberie: Ironically, I had never met him before. He’s been here working in L.A. for 30 years and I’ve been here 25, and we’d never met. It’s been so much fun to get to know him and his personality.
And the third judge slot is rotating, so each week, we have different people. It could be a stylist -– and we didn’t have them when I was working [in TV weather], but it helps the contestants get their look and image, and curate how they want to be presented on the air. And we also have weathercasters from different markets come in, and it works out really well.
How is it to work for executive producer Mark Burnett?
Jillian Barberie: I’m absolutely thrilled, of course, because the shows he’s done have been huge. I’m a huge fan of “The Voice,” though I don’t really watch “Survivor.” When this came up, I met with the people at Funny or Die, and we just clicked.
Having been a professional weathercaster, how do you view the competition’s bemused take on the job?
Jillian Barberie: I feel like it’s not something I want to be doing again, but something like this is a great opportunity for me to have fun. The weather thing certainly launched a ton of opportunities for me, from sitcoms to commercials to dating shows. Local weather launched a whole career for me, and I’m so grateful for it … but it’s time for the next chapter.