For Steven Slater, the man who slid right into American’s hearts by creatively quitting his job, could soon be seeing lots of green for ditching JetBlue, in the form of a new reality show. But what could a reality show starring Steven Slater be about? His search for a job that makes him happier, perhaps? Not exactly.
According to TMZ.com, Steven Slater’s reality show gig wouldn’t be about his search for gainful employment that’s a little less stressful; it would be all about helping people quit the jobs they so despise. And of course they wouldn’t simply be handing in resignation letters like good little quitters; the reality show gig, allegedly offered to Steven Slater by reality show powerhouse Stone Entertainment, would involve the former JetBlue flight attendant helping people find creative ways to quit their jobs. With so many Americans already feeling inspired by Steven Slater, there would definitely be no shortage of people in need of his advice on how to become a hit when you quit.
But Steven Slater would definitely need an equally as amazing sidekick, and I think Jenny Dry Erase would be just the gal for the job (after all, she’s a real HOPA). Of course the “dry erase board girl” turned out to be hoax , as this MSNBC article relates (she’s really an Angelina Jolie look-alike actress named Elyse Porterfield), but her character’s internet meme-making method of resigning via dry erase board and calling her boss out for his sexism and FarmVille addiction is another great example of a creative way to quit.
I don’t know how many businesses would be thrilled with this new reality show, especially if the methods of quitting end up involving some form of customer abuse (I can already imagine the devious ways of dumping their jobs restaurant employees could concoct). However, I think that, with more thought put behind creatively walking away, the folks he helps on the reality show actually might find classier ways of quitting.
So will Steven Slater sign up for the reality show gig, ready to share a beer or two with fellow quitters on a new reality show? And if he does, will Americans still be enchanted with the man who made one awe-inspiring exit? I think Steven Slater better bite while the offer stands, because when it comes to being an internet sensation, it’s very easy to slide out of the spotlight after you’ve landed in it.