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Debra Messing's Second Onstage In Her Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Début

Here's how we think she might have expressed her concerns to her assistant, in a series of emails.

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 9:21 AM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Josh
Sorry to bother you on the wknd, I know I said when I hired you last week that I wd never do this, but it's important.

I just looked up my Tonight show on the dvr to show Roman and its says Im out 2nd after Keith richards, but that can't be right. I know its Sunday but can you e-mail the show and see

Just so I know what to expect
but I'm sure its a mistake like i said

Thanks josh, blessings

I know its sunday but asap plz

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 9:48 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Hi Debra,

I just sent a note to Katelyn at the show, asking for clarification. I doubt I'll hear from her today but as soon as she gets back I'll let you know.

Enjoy your Sunday!

-jb

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 12:52 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Josh--

Can you actually call her plz? Don't tell her I asked you to.

Also I know its sunday but a three-hour-plus turnaround time for you to answer my e-mails is not going to work

cheers

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 10:15 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Hi Debra,

Normally I wouldn't take three hours to return an email. As you noted, it is Sunday, so I was asleep when you first pinged me. I know we haven't worked together long, but I hope I've already shown that during normal business hours, I'm very attentive!

Katelyn's not at her desk but I left her a voicemail. Given the time difference I'll probably have something to report to you first thing on Tuesday.

Hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend! South Carolina is so beautiful!

-jb

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 1:23 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

I'm in the same time zone as "fallon" so I will want to know right away as soon as Katelyn cals. Please set your alarm for east coast time so you don't miss her tomorrow, thanks.

South carolina is stunning, love coming here it keeps me so grounded

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 11:40 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Hi Debra,

Since tomorrow's Labor Day, I think Katelyn probably won't be in the office. I'll make sure my phone is at the ready Tuesday morning!

Enjoy the day! Don't forget your sunscreen! :)

-jb

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 2:45 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Not sure junior staffers necessarily get that day off, make sure you're always in cell range tomorrow just in case, thanks.

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 12:01 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Will do.

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 7:31 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Josh I thought of something that might help with the scheduling issue if it is an issue -- maybe you could send Kaitlin a cookie basket from me

I forget if I gave you my credit card number already but if I didn't you can just take care of it for now right

If you order it now it should be there when she gets in on tues

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 7:48 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Concerned that you haven't answered my cookie basket email yet

Please respond asap

V important

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 5:35 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Just got your email; I was at the movies and my phone was off.

I'll do my best to find an online retailer that can deliver with that turnaround; might be tough given the holiday but I'll certainly try.

-jb

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 8:37 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

NYC bakeries will be open tomorrow, you'll probably have to make some phone calls

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 5:50 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

k

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 7:11 AM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Hows porject cookie basket???

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 4:14 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Its 4 AM here. I haven't gotten to it yet. When there's anything to report, I'll let you know.

-jb

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 7:17 AM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

Josh I really like you and I really think we clicked but the past couple of days I've really been thinking maybe i need an assistant who's in new york full-time
Help me help you keep this job...
If that's what you want

Bakeries open early.

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 4:24 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Understood. I value this job and I'm on the cookie case!

-jb

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 5:13 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Milk & Cookies is delivering a basket to Katelyn at 11 tomorrow. I'm going to go back to bed but let's talk tomorrow. Safe flight back to New York!

-jb

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 9:20 PM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

My flgithwas cancelled my phone died and this is the first news I get when it turns back on?

I gues 11 AM was probably good enough for your last employer but I am not Kerry Washington. It's too late now but I wish you had looked a little longer and found a bakery that could deliver before 9 AM

I will remember this josh

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time: 9:28 AM EDT
To: Josh Brown
From: Debra Messing
Re: tnight show

I assume i haven't heard from you because Katelyn still hasn't gotten back and that she hasn't gotten back because the first thing she saw this morning wasn't a cooke basket on her desk

#joshfail

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time: 7:10 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Josh Brown
Re: Re: tnight show

Hi Debra,

Katelyn just called. I'm sorry, but they are going to keep Keith Richards in the lead guest slot for the episode.

I'm also sorry to have to tell you this over email, but I'm going back to law school. Please consider this my notice, effective immediately.

All the best for "The Mysteries Of Laura"! I'll always remember that I had a small part in it. And good luck on "Fallon": I'll be watching!

sincerely yours,
Josh

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Time: 9:20 PM EDT
To: Sheryl Bristol
From: Debra Messing
Re: Replacements

I don't know what the 'replacements' are but apparently they're going to be on the tonight show on tues the same night as me and the news is getting a lot of attention

I know its friday night but can you e-mail the talent booker and see if they can move the replacements to a different night so that thee audience's focus doesn't get split between them and me?

This is the kin of thing your predecessor couldn't pull off so a lot is riding on this for you, Sheryl

Right away please i really appreciate it

--

Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time: 6:40 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Sheryl Bristol
Re: Re: Replacements

I quit.

This correspondence is a work of satire; we made it all up.

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