"If you're asking what happened, I don't know. I don't think anyone will ever know the truth. I certainly know that my ego often took a beating."
Mariette Hartley was finally talking candidly about her experience co-hosting and leaving CBS' "Morning Show," which had its final airing Friday after perpetually ranking third in its slot. She actually departed two weeks earlier to appear in writer-director Ernest Thompson's "1969," now filming in Georgia, leaving a workday that started at 4:30 a.m. and often went past midnight.
"I think we won over the public, but never licked our problems with the corporation, press and, they say, the affiliates," Hartley said. "I've been told that the show was also financially successful. They were losing $15 million a year because they couldn't sell advertising and we turned that around--we put them in the black."
Ultimately, she was squared off opposite the CBS brass. "I maintained the show should be more relaxed and they wanted something hyperkinetic. I felt like a waitress on roller skates. They said they wanted me , but what they wanted was who they thought I was."