Back in the ’00s, VH1 had a hit on their hands with the I Love the… series, in which a rando bunch of B-list celebrities (and as the series went on, subsequently C- and D-listers) were assembled to comment on things that people remembered from certain decades (also toys and holidays). It was probably the catalyst for the obsession with nostalgia that still endures over our current cultural landscape. So thanks for that, Michael Ian Black.
But, in 2008, once VH1 had exhausted the tepid memories of decades that had actually already occurred, some executive said “Screw it, it’s not like anything noteworthy is going to happen in 2009, let’s do I Love the 00s or whatever.” (Actually, they called it I Love the New Millennium; they did I Love the 2000s in 2014.)
But, as mentioned, with the absence of series mainstays like Mo Rocca and the Snapple Lady, VH1 had to dig a little deeper to find celebrities the audience would vaguely recognize to discuss things that happened only a year or two before. Enter: Jared Fogle, former Subway spokesperson,recently convicted of multiple counts of child pornography and sex with a minor.
One of the topics Fogle was picked to comment on was the then popularDateline NBC series To Catch a Predator, which was all about host Chris Hansen confronting skeevy pedophiles attempting to prey on kids over the internet. It’s obviously pretty clear where this is going.
Jared Fogle Talked About ‘To Catch a Predator’ On VH1 Back In 2008