-I want to talk about
your new show. I love it.
“Back in the Game.” I love this idea.
I love everything about it. Explain to everyone what it is. -Yeah, so, “Back in the Game”
is basically taking athletes, entertainers,
and celebrities that have gone from rags to riches
to rags. Michael Strahan is my partner.
He’s my executive producer. We both produced it. And, you know,
the bottom line is — you have so many great people
that fall on hard times. -Sure.
-And we all need coaching. I remember when I went through
my really difficult time with my suspension in 2014. I had some incredible people to pull their hand out
and help me. Not only help me, but coach me. And one thing about athletes —
they’re great students, and they want help. And you think about
Evander Holyfield, who I end up loving
and grew up watching him. And seeing this guy
being taken advantage of and the way we’ve been able
to put him back and put systems around
him to help him get his life back in order — -But this —
The third episode, I believe, is Brian Dunkleman… -That’s right. -…who I knew from when I did
stand-up in L.A. But he was — if you don’t
remember his name — the first —
He was the co-host of “American Idol”
with Ryan Seacrest. -He was on this trajectory to
become, you know, the next Ryan Seacrest. Now, Ryan became came to be one
of the biggest stars around, and Brian just fell into
tough times, ’cause he made some
tough decisions. -Yeah.
-But then depression came in. And, you know, as an athlete,
they say you die twice — once when you retire
and real death. And I saw that firsthand
with Brian. And we needed to get him
back on his feet, not have the victim
own his mistakes, because that’s the
most important part. But then what you started seeing
is a guy that was talented, a guy that had charisma,
a good-looking guy. He went from “American idol”
co-host to driving Uber. And it’s — it’s —
In many ways, it’s so sad. And I’ve had
so many people call, and they want to be
a part of the show. They want to be a part of this, because it’s the right thing
to do for these guys. And no one wants to see
their legends fall on tough times. -It’s a really cool episode.
I want to show everyone a clip. Here’s Alex Rodriguez and former “American idol”
host Brian Dunkleman in next week’s episode of
“Back in the Game.” Take a look. -And how much were
they paying you? -I was making like
18 grand a week. -So you’re making around
$72,000 a month. -Oh, God.
-Right? In 2002. Is there a small part of you
that says like, “This is big money. I need this money for my family,
for my future.” -Oh, my God. There was no thought of a family
or no thought of a future. It just — It didn’t register. -By walking away from a show, does that automatically put you
on a blacklist? -Yes. All of a sudden,
my manager never returned
another call of mine. And then I went three years
without working. Drank too much,
gambled too much, drugs. And I was high.
So my money went. It went like that. -Ooh! That’s amazing. It’s good for you
to help him out and get him on the right track. I love this show.
I’m so happy you’re doing it. Alex Rodriguez, everybody. Check out “Back in the Game” Wednesday nights
at 10:00 p.m. on CNBC.