The singer tells PEOPLE he and his girlfriend have one anothers' backs – and it's a great feeling

By Jeffrey Slonim
Updated November 14, 2008 12:30 PM
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John Mayer was having a good time on the red carpet at Alicia Keys’ Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball Thursday night. Must be because somebody’s got his back.

He started off the night by playfully grabbing the microphone of a reporter from the Tyra Banks Show to announce his own “talk show is going to be called John!”

And while the singer may be joking about his next career move, he had some serious words about girlfriend Jennifer Aniston. “It’s really nice to have somebody in life have your back,” Mayer told PEOPLE. “That girl knows me … so whether I go to bed alone or not, to have somebody who knows you in this world, that’s a really nice thing.”

So is there any chance that Mayer will follow in Aniston’s footsteps and star on a television show? “There are rumors,” Mayer admitted. “I’m going to keep them rumors for the time being. I want everything to be as baked as possible before it comes out of the oven.”

If Mayer were to have a show, he said, “it would be nice to go back to a form of entertainment that doesn’t involve judging and criticizing. I’d like to entertain people with their phones down. It’s time to watch TV and be entertained by great artists without having to have a say in it.”

Entertain he did! Mayer got into a friendly bidding war with Queen Latifah over a lithograph during a live auction at the benefit. Fortunately, the charity was the big winner. There was an identical lithograph available so each star paid $100,000.

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