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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Channing Tatum adds star power to Carly Fleischmann's non-verbal talk show
Carly Fleischmann talks to Channing Tatum in the first episode of her new show, "Speechless with Carly Fleischmann." (YouTube
As host of the show, Fleischmann types her questions, which are then voiced by her computer and posed to the interviewee.
Many people assumed that Fleischmann’s future was limited after she was diagnosed with autism and oral motor apraxia at age two. But after learning to type, Fleischmann revealed her razor-sharp mind. Since then, she has co-published a book, appeared on multiple TV shows, and is now aiming to become the world’s first non-verbal talk show host with autism. Her objective, she says, is to “prove that it doesn’t matter what comes out of your mouth, it’s the voice within that needs to shine.”
And she doesn’t shy away from the asking provocative questions.
In her interview with Tatum, Fleischmann asks, “Would you date a 21-year-old person with autism?” Tatum quips: “Yes … but I have to get my wife’s permission first.”
Fleischmann’s shoots back: “Alright, I’ve got my lawyers working on your divorce papers as we speak.”
And she didn’t stop there, asking Tatum about his previous career as a male stripper. “How many girls at the end of your night would take you home” she asks as Tatum laughs.
Her mother, Tammy Starr, said she was “laughing my head off” when saw the interview.
“I couldn’t believe the question,” Starr said of her daughter’s bold style. “These are questions he’s never been asked … before.”
Fleischmann is hoping a major network picks up her show.
Laurie Mawlam, executive director of Autism Canada called Fleischmann an inspiration.
“Ultimately, we should all follow our dreams and that is what she is doing,” Mawlam told CTV News. “Autism is not an obstacle for her.”
With a report by CTV News medical specialist Avis Favaro and producer Elizabeth St. Philip