The Doctors: Cloris Leachman Odd Behavior & Chocolate Hazelnut Spread


The Doctors: Cloris Leachman Raising Hope

Cloris Leachman, from Raising Hope, came by The Doctors to make her chocolate hazelnut dessert. The actress plays Maw Maw on the show, the eccentric elder of the Chance family, who suffers from dementia and is known for being an oddball. It turns out that Cloris Leachman may not be that good of an actress after all, because in person, she’s pretty strange herself.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show alum entered the stage by trying to ride Dr. Travis Stork’s back, before sitting in Dr. Jim Sears’ lap, instead of the chair provided for her. When Dr. Andrew Ordon said that Cloris Leachman had agreed to be his valentine, not Dr. Sears’, Leachman responded with a remark too saucy to report.


The Doctors: Cloris Leachman Odd Behavior & Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Cloris Leachman is an alum of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a complete mystery to me. Was everything she did on The Doctors a joke? It mostly just came off as really weird. Dr. Stork seemed just as baffled as the audience. (s_bukley /

What followed was a very odd conversation. At one point, Cloris stood to dance in front of the audience and show off her clothes.

The Drs: Cloris Leachman Odd Behavior

All of which prompted me to wonder, why is Cloris Leachman acting so weird? My first thought was that maybe her age is impacting her faculties, which, admittedly, is a bit insulting and possibly ageist of me.


But, no. Cloris Leachman was part of the Wellderly study of healthy aging in 2011, which took saliva samples from exceptionally healthy elderly individuals to analyze why they were so healthy. The individuals had no history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer and had to be 100 percent mentally sound.

So Cloris Leachman is doing all right. But either way, she definitely was acting weird.

Cloris Leachman: Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert

Cloris Leachman made a chocolate hazelnut spread, which she called her “hazelnut schmutz.” Dr. Stork tried to explain the steps of this spread, but Cloris Leachman interrupted him to say, “Just put in there.” Then, Dr. Stork told the audience that Cloris Leachman was pouring chocolate syrup into the bowl. As she poured the chocolate, she asked him where the chocolate was. He said it was in her hand and she asked which hand and he gave up. I guess she was messing with him. But to be honest, I’m really not sure.

Dr. Stork asked her what something was and she said, “Nutmeg. Cocoa powder?” as though she wasn’t sure at all what it contained. Dr. Stork told the audience that this recipe was Cloris’ homemade recipe. She responded, “I’ve never made it in my life. Nor would I.” Dr. Stork said he was told that the spread was hers. She said that he must’ve been lied to. Then, she took a big bite of the spread and Dr. Stork helped clean it off of her face. Cloris Leachman walked away from him, shouting, “Makeup! Makeup!”

Then, things really got weird. Dr. Stork said he thought the syrup was good and Cloris Leachman said, “Yeah, but it’s not as good as macaroni and cheese.” Leachman explained that she loved macaroni and cheese, sleeping and hugs on Valentine’s Day. Dr. Stork asked her if the hazelnut spread would be good to eat before eating macaroni and cheese and she said, “Why would you do a stupid thing like that?” Cloris Leachman kept walking away and looking around. Dr. Stork asked her if she had any advice for people on Valentine’s Day. She said, “Take a bath first, before anything.”

So, there you go.


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