Agreed. Debra Winger was a real stick in the mud. Come on, this show is silliness and fluff and gossip and reality TV. It's an intimate cocktail party every night. They call the set "the clubhouse". The guests have have an adult beverage (not that she had to); they play silly games. It's only 22 minutes long without commercials. Andy has never pretended to be Edward R Murrow.
She should have known that. I even frankly thought that Amanda Peet, was trying to be deferential to Winger and toned down her usually fun side. I guess so as not to make Winger feel left out and even more glaringly a bad guest. She just couldn't, or wouldn't allow herself to get into the fun loose spirit of the show.
Yes, Winger has long had a reputation of being a difficult actor. And yes, there have long been rumors of big roles she foolishly turned down. That's why Andy played that game with her. Now I know why her career went bust after the 1980's.
Ms. Winger: there have been plenty of bigger celebs that allowed themselves to have fun with Andy. Hey Cher gladly obliged Andy with a slap in his face, and yelled "snap out of it !". And Candace Bergen joyously gossiped and dished about her date way back in the day, with a young Donald Trump. Thats the stuff that makes this show fun.
And you know what else? While Debra Winger's face looked pretty and just perfectly fine for her age. She dressed very dowdy and dated including her hair. Like a stick in the mud school marm, ready to scold us the audience for having too much fun.