Posts Tagged ‘Kathy Levine’

QVC Shocker: Veteran Host Lisa Robertson Leaving

October 10, 2014

We never thought we’d be writing this, but QVC host and resident glamor puss Lisa Robertson is leaving network!

http://community.qvc.com/blogs/qvc+hosts/topic/473705/test.aspx?cm_ven=FB&cm_cat=LR&cm_pla=BLOG&cm_ite=ANNOUNCEMENT_1009

Lisa Robertson is exiting QVC

Lisa Robertson is exiting QVC

We are on vacation and were down at the shore, not checking QVC.com or Facebook very often.

We got back late yesterday and it wasn’t until tonight that we sat down at our computer for any amount of time. It was on Facebook that we saw Robertson’s post and blog about leaving the home shopping network, effective in December.

Here is part of Robertson’s blog announcing her departure:

Over my last 20 years at QVC I have had the most amazing opportunities met the most wonderful people and gone to the most beautiful places. I cannot tell you how lucky I feel. But there comes a time when you have done what you can do and it is time to see what else there is. And that is where I am.

After a lot of soul-searching I have decided that I will be leaving QVC. It is time for a new challenge and a new adventure. Although it is a little scary to leave what you have always known, I am very excited about what lays ahead.

We can’t help put wonder whether Joan Rivers’ death played any part in Robertson’s decision.

One of our gracious readers also notified us on Facebook of Robertson’s exit and suggested that the stalking nutjobs that have plagued the gorgeous host may have played a part in her decision to leave. That could be.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605126/EXCLUSIVE-If-theres-sound-night-I-lay-awake-wondering-QVC-queen-Lisa-Robertson-lives-fear-having-FOUR-stalkers-one-bragging-got-close-movie-smell-popcorn-eating.html

So where will she land?

Via her role on QVC, Robertson has appeared on a variety of TV shows, so maybe she will find a job at one of those programs. QVC will survive, as it did the exit of hosts such as Kathy Levine. But Robertson’s departure represents a big loss. She worked on the design of the network’s G.I.L.I. line, and was of course a real fixture on QVC.

Former ShopNBC Host Libby Floyd Has Penned A Romance Novel

August 21, 2012

Former ShopNBC host Libby Floyd has a brand new bag: She’s a romance writer.

Via LinkedIn, we learned that Floyd has published her first romance novel, called “Sparkelicious,” on Chardonnay Press.

“It is now available on Amazon.com,” she said. “I also have several other novels in the works.”

Libby Floyd

In addition to ShopNBC, Floyd has appeared on Food Network, The Shopping Channel and Shop at Home.

She joins a growing list of home shopping hosts who have intruded onto our turf: writing.

That group includes QVC’s Rick Domeier, Kathy Levine and Lisa Mason, as well as HSN vets Dan Dennis and Paul Deasy.

Former QVC Host Kathy Levine’s Much-Mentioned Mom Passed Away

December 22, 2011

Anyone who remembers former QVC host Kathy Levine will recall that the chatty host often mentioned her mother. Levine would talk about how her mom was a great beauty, and sometimes show photos of her. She was a gorgeous woman.

So we were sad to read on Facebook today that Levine’s mother, Pat Seinfeld, passed away Wednesday. Mom was born on Aug. 27, 1921, so she had a long life.

Levine wrote a wonderful tribute to her mother on Facebook. Here is part of it.

My Mom worked for a popular department store, H. Leh and Co. She was a fashion coordinator and went out with her models to every organization you can name for 20 years and did fashion shows while the ladies lunched. She was the first woman to use a plus size model and a senior model. She had her finger on the real pulse of America long before America had a pulse.

She also taught a charm school to adolescent teen girls. To this day I am approached by women telling me my Mom gave them the only sense of self esteem they ever had. She touched so many with her light.

As an added perk to her job, I received clothes galore. As I never could hold my weight, and my size fluctuated like the stock market, she kept me looking my best no matter what. She never berated me for my problem. She loved me fat, thin, through the ugly stages and the pretty ones. She was in my corner every day of my life and thought the sun rose and set on all of her children.

Don’t misunderstand. If I was bad in school, misbehaved, sassed a teacher, got caught throwing spitballs or started a food fight, I caught hell. She never expected the school to do her job of manners and discipline, and she allowed that I was guilty instead of making the teachers wrong. Her common saying to me was “I love you, but today I do not like you”! It wasn’t damaging but it was a simple truth we could both live with.

If I have one message to mothers, it’s that your imprint on your children is indelible, and kindness reaches deeper and longer into your kid’s self esteem than you’ll ever live to know.

Here is the link to the full post:

And here is another excerpt:

On the first day of Winter, my Mom closed her eyes peacefully for the last time. We were all with her and we thanked her for being her. She will be sorely missed and my heart aches, but she had a fabulous life, a huge far reaching impact, and I will continue to strive to make her proud. There is no filling her sparkly gifted shoes, but I am so happy to have walked along side her for my 60 years. In her own words, “the show must go on”.

Jewelry Designer Loren Ridinger Brings Her Honkers To HSN, Eva and Khloe Call In

December 13, 2011

There was a nice breath of fresh air on HSN last night: gorgeous jewelry.

We’ve barely been watching HSN or QVC, since with our DNA a new iPod or Nook doesn’t really float our boats.

But yesterday a new jewelry line called “Yours by Loren” debuted on HSN, featuring a collection by Loren Ridinger. Her pricey couture pricey line has a celebrity following, and last night her clients actress Eva Longoria and reality TV star Khloe Kardashian called in to wish her well.

Loren, a gorgeous cat-eyed brunette, had some striking gemstone and sterling pieces, which host Colleen Lopez showed off nicely.

Our favorites were two go-big-or-go-home rings, “honkers,” as former QVC host Kathy Levine would call them. First, there was a 24 carat smokey quartz ring, which was enormous. And then there was a 12.6-carat crystal quartz ring that Loren said was exactly modeled after a real diamond — yes, I said diamond — ring that her husband gave her to replace her original CZ wedding ring.

Now that’s a good husband. Those big rings were $200, on special.

We also loved a white topaz heart pendant, for $160.

There were other pieces we loved, as well. Check out the link:

http://jewelry.hsn.com/yours-by-loren_c-j_a-8580_xc.aspx?rid=2253

Kathy Levine’s QVC La Vintage Jewelry Line Looks Dead In The Water

August 20, 2011

It’s looks like former QVC host Kathy Levine’s costume jewelry line for the home shopping network has met it’s end.

Levine, who left QVC years ago and married a well-to-do older gentleman, for a brief time did a clothing line for QVC’s rival, HSN. It wasn’t a very good collection.

Then she started doing a jewelry line, La Vintage, that reminded us a lot of Heidi Daus’s pieces for HSN. But they were not up to snuff when compared to Heidi’s work.

Now Levine posted this on Facebook:

For all of you who asked what I’m up to,… the answer is, not much. I don’t have any commitments from Q so it appears I will be finding other things to do. I keep busy w volunteering, cooking for Steve, traveling on bike trips, & seeing my Mom frequently. She just celebrated her 90th & we were all there. It’s a different life, but as I round the corner to my 60th, it’s fine. Onward. Give me a subject to write about & I’ll think about it.

“No commitments from Q.” Sounds like La Vintage has come to an end.

Host Lisa Mason Is Doing Her QVC Swan Song Right Now, Will Reveal Plans At 7 P.M.

December 14, 2010

Popular host Lisa Mason, clad in a teal blue shirt, is doing her swan song right now on QVC.

Mason is doing a Diamonique Show that started at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. She’s been a bit of a tease, saying she will explain what she will be up to at the end of the show, at 7 p.m.

She has already revealed that she is writing a book, and has said she would like to get back into TV news.

Mason, whose Southern drawl is showing, fielded a call on-air from former QVC host Kathy Levine, who praised her to high heaven.

And celebrity stylist Michael O’Connor, who is Mason’s neighbor in Manhattan and does QVC’s Affinity Diamond Line, also called in.

“He lives on 74th, and I live on 76th,” Mason said.

Former Jailbird, And Jersey Girl, Martha Stewart Is Coming To HSN July 19

June 27, 2010

Lifestyle doyenne Martha Stewart, who hails from our former town of Nutley, N.J., is coming to HSN, debuting her Martha Stewart Living line July 19.

Stewart, who did jail time for a little criminal charge involving stock trading, several years ago had a line on QVC. We remember seeing her on-air with Kathy Levine, that’s how long ago it was, and ol’ Martha was quite prickly and nasty. She didn’t last too long on the No. 1 home shopping channel.

On Facebook Sunday HSN host Colleen Lopez posted about Stewart’s debut July 19, and we checked the HSN website and several of Stewart’s items are already on there.

Those include an American flag, “patriotic” tubs, handheld flags and banners. The stuff is perfect for the Fourth of July, so we’re surprised that Stewart’s debut isn’t until July 19.

Lopez said she can’t wait to meet Martha.

This HSN deal isn’t all that Martha has cooking. Her company did a deal earlier this year to produce daytime programming for the Hallmark Channel. That programming starts airing in the fall, with Stewart’s signature “The Martha Stewart Show” moving to Hallmark.

We have a soft spot in our heart for Stewart, and not because we’re into cooking or home decor. She is from Jersey, and you know that endears her to us. She is from the working class town of Nutley, where we lived for about a dozen years while we were working for The Herald-News.

And we like Stewart because her birthday is Aug. 3, the same as our niece Sydney. Two Leos.

Ex-QVC ‘In The Kitchen With Bob’ Bowersox Boards That Plane to Minnesota To Work For ShopNBC

June 17, 2010

Bob is back

Another QVC alum has found his way to ShopNBC.

Former QVC host Bob Bowersox, who used to date ex-QVC host Kathy Levine, will be on ShopNBC Thursday at midnight, 4 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m, in the “Around the Kitchen” show series.

He will be appearing as a “guest expert,” according to the No. 3 home shopping network. He will offer his cooking and kitchen appliance expertise.

ShopNBC describes Bowersox, who abruptly disappeared from QVC some time ago, as as “actor, voiceover artist, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, poet, singer, songwriter, and national television network personality.”

What ShopNBC fails to mention is that Bowrsix “was a national television network personality” via his tenure at QVC. But ShopNBC does call Bowersox “a home shopping favorite.”

Former QVC host Dave King is also now over at ShopNBC, as a host.

Bowersox will be hawking a Sharper Image Super Wave Oven. “Designed to cook your food up to three times faster than a conventional oven, with up to 80% less energy, customers will learn how this unique product will transform their time in the kitchen,” we’re told.


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