Cat Greenleaf is a mom, wife, exceptionally loyal friend, city dweller, country girl, dumpster diver, real estate dabbler, CEO, adoption advocate, pet collector and, yes, TV host who recently, and happily, turned 42. The only thing she still wants is more than 24 hours in each day to experience everything there is.
Cat is not a natural blond, though she believes she should be. She is, however, the proud mom of her two sons Primo, 5, and Truman, 2, and counts their birth mothers among the most graceful and selfless women she’s ever encountered. Cat’s also convinced that her husband, Michael Rey, walks on water. He’s an investigative producer for 60 Minutes and a begrudging accomplice in the collection of pets.
A family woman to the bone, Cat really hit the “work from home” jackpot when she created Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf, where she interviews celebrities on the stoop of her Brooklyn brownstone. It was both a whim and a gamble for NBC and Cat, but after three Emmys, that bet has certainly paid off. The show now airs in the top nine markets, and between broadcast, digital, and platforms like taxi cabs and gas pumps, Talk Stoop is viewed nearly 12 million times a week.
In 2013, Talk Stoop took to national cable airwaves as USA, cable’s #1 channel in daytime and primetime, made Cat (and her stoop) the face of their daytime block. Between her regular show and the pieces she does for USA, some big-name behinds have graced the stoop, including Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Don Cheadle, Woody Harrelson, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Arianna Huffington, Claire Danes, Katey Sagal, every Kardashian you could imagine, Wilco, the Muppets, Eva Longoria, Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Springer, Elliot Spitzer, Jesse Jackson, Rahm Emmanuel, Heather Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Mike Tyson, Martha Stewart, James Spader, Howie Mandel, Alan Cumming, and Michael J. Fox. Her proudest moment among many on the stoop was when Oliver Stone told her “You’re no New York Times, sweetheart. Sorry for calling you sweetheart.” Another was reciting the Gettysburg Address with her son Primo for Ken Burns. Her favorite piece of professional advice came from stoop guest Brooke Shields who told her to “go where the water’s warm.”