Posts Tagged ‘Wes McCoy’

Pam McCoy Claims Botox Pressure At ShopHQ

June 12, 2014

ShopHQ’s dissident shareholders have a new forum to dish their dirt: The New York Post. And former host Pamela McCoy is sticking it to the network’s CEO Keith Stewart, claiming management held Botox parties for hosts and encouraged them to get plastic surgery.

Pamela McCoy

Pamela McCoy

According to the Post story, McCoy will be voting her shares of ShopHQ for the slate of directors that’s been nominated by The Clinton Group, which aims to oust Stewart and his crew.

http://nypost.com/2014/06/11/valuevision-pushed-hosts-to-have-botox-say-employees/

McCoy now sells a diamond jewelry line on Jewelry Television, and though she denies it, she looks like she had Botox or plastic surgery after she left ShopHQ with her husband and fellow host, Wes.

Any way, the details of her accusations — which ShopHQ denies — are in the Post story.

We missed it earlier this week, but the Post did another story on the shareholder battle at the network. The tabloid seems to think that The Clinton Group will succeed in getting control of the company. We’re not so sure.

http://nypost.com/2014/06/09/activist-wins-key-support-to-oust-board-of-shophq-parent/

Ex-ShopNBC Host Pamela McCoy Is Coming To JTV With A Diamond Line

January 5, 2013

The cat’s finally out of the bag: Veteran ShopNBC host Pamela McCoy is coming to what some people refer to as the Hillbilly Channel, Jewelry Television.

McCoy, who spent many years as a ShopNBC host with her husband Wes, announced the news on Facebook.

“It is official!” she posted. “I can now announce my new destination.Some of you have already guessed it. I will be launching Pamela McCoy Diamonds at JTV! My first show is on Jan. 31st from 10 to 12 eastern. I am sooooo excited!!”

Pamela McCoy has landed on JTV

Pamela McCoy has landed on JTV

“I have been working on this line for almost a year,” McCoy wrote. “Every single piece of jewelry is a new design that will be launching for the first time. I chose JTV for this collection because they are the jewelry experts in the television industry. I will be posting a link to their website as well as photos of the new jewelry soon. I would love to get your feedback and support as soon as you see the collection. Thanks again for being such great friends and following me to my new home!”

The McCoys’ tenure as hosts on ShopNBC ended a while back, but Pam then did a clothing line for the network.

We think you’ll find this Pamela McCoy quite different that the one you saw on ShopNBC. She has long hair, and looks a lot younger. She bristled, and denied it, when we suggested that she had some work done. You can take a look and decide.

ShopNBC Alum Pamela McCoy Says Announcement Coming On Her New Gig

December 23, 2012

Ex-ShopNBC host/vendor Pamela McCoy is quite the tease.

Pamela McCoy

Pamela McCoy

She and her hubby Wes have moved to Florida from Minnesota after exiting ShopNBC, and she said on Facebook that she’s landed on another home shopping network. We figured it was HSN because of the Sunshine State connection, but others said it was going to be Jewelry Television, which is in Tennessee.

Pam posted this last week:

“It’s getting closer! My launch date is set! I will be doing a promo soon. When it is done I can announce what network I will be on. I am so excited! I am hoping to post pictures of the product. I would love to get your opinion before the show. Thanks for all of your support!”

We can’t wait.

Is Ex-ShopNBC Host Pamela McCoy Headed To HSN With Diamond Jewelry Line?

November 26, 2012

Once again, one of our savvy readers had tipped us off to a juicy tidbit: Former ShopNBC host and vendor Pamela McCoy has landed at another home shopping network, and it sounds like it is HSN.

Several days ago McCoy teasingly posted on Facebook that she is readying a jewelry line for a new home shopping venue, which she can’t reveal yet.

But since McCoy and her husband Wes — who used to appear with her as a host on ShopNBC — have just relocated from Minnesota, ShopNBC’s home, to Florida it seems logical to assume that she will be joining “the HSN family,” as they say in St. Petersburg.

Pamela McCoy

But we could be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first or last time. We’ll soon see.

The McCoys are among the ShopNBC hosts who were either shown the door, or took it themselves. We’ll never know exactly which. But Pam continued to so a fashion line for the network, with faux furs being one of her specialties.

Here is exactly what McCoy wrote:

I know you have all been wondering what is going on with the Pamela McCoy Collection. Today I can share some of the news. I have been working on a jewelry line for the past year. It will air at the beginning of the year on a different network. It will feature diamonds set in gold and sterling silver. The prices will be amazing! I am very excited. I hope to give exact dates soon.

I will also be providing a link to the network on FB so you can find my shows easily.

I know many of you have been asking about the clothing line. Thank you for all of your style suggestions. It is a great help to me because my clothing line will be available by web and catalog this spring!

I will be able to give more details as soon as they are finalized. Everything always takes a little longer than I’d like but I promise you will be happy. I will keep you all posted! Thanks again!

Pamela looks about 20 years younger in her Facebook photo than she did on ShopNBC, and she got into a lather when we suggested that she may have had some work done. She denied it.

Pamela said she was just happy now, which indeed can take years off your looks. And she has a virile husband. And we guess those two factors can be a fountain of youth.

But liar, liar, pants on fire, Pam, if you are not telling us the full truth!

Anyway, since we love affordable diamonds, our birthstone, we can’t wait to see her jewelry line.

Is Ex-Host Pam McCoy, And Her Clothing Line, Gone From ShopNBC?

September 28, 2012

We saw a Facebook post that said that Pam McCoy, a one-time ShopNBC host who became one of its apparel vendors, was losing that gig.

There were also several posts on the home shopping network’s Facebook page asking whether McCoy was no longer going to be selling clothes on the channel.

We tried to do due diligence, and emailed ShopNBC’s PR person to ask what was up.

Here is the response we got: crickets chirping. Nada.

So maybe you guys can get an answer out of ShopNBC.

McCoy and her husband Wes were longtime fixtures on ShopNBC, as a husband-and-wife host team. A few years back, they exited (or were pushed). Then Pam returned with a clothing collection.

Let us know what you all hear, folks.

Veteran ShopNBC Hosts Charla Rines And Mike Davidson Shown The Revolving Door At No. 3 Home Shopping Network

January 8, 2010

Charla Rines

It looks like long-time ShopNBC hosts Charla Rines and Mike Davidson are the latest to lose their jobs under the regime of the shopping network’s chief Keith Stewart. We guess the turnaround at the No. 3 shopping network isn’t going as well as we thought.

We’re always the last to know, so thank God for the home shopping forums, posters to our blog and ShopNBC’s Facebook page. They were burning up with comments from irate fans of Rines and Davidson, alleging that the pair had been canned because of their age.

We checked the host list on ShopNBC’s Web page Thursday night, and Rines and Davidson were gone.

Mike Davidson

“It is true,” a ShopNBC spokesman said Friday. “They’re no longer with the company.”

He declined to make any additional comment.

Rines, a brassy (as in loud) blonde with spiked hair and a wicked sense of humor, was a fixture at ShopNBC. She joined the network in 1984, and typically did jewelry shows.

Davidson, a former radio disc jockey, has been at ShopNBC since 1997.

ShopNBC now has 18 show hosts, down from 20.

January is a bad time for ShopNBC hosts. A year ago ShopNBC’s husband-and-wife team, Pam and Wes McCoy, were axed as hosts, although Pam still sells a clothing line on the network.

Don’t feel too bad, Charla and Mike. We were laid off in January a year ago, so we know how you feel.

ShopNBC Gets Back A Husband-And-Wife Team As QVC/HSN Alum Judy Crowell Joins Hubby Paul Deasy On The No. 3 Home Shopping Network

November 18, 2009

Veteran home shopping host Judy Crowell says her return to Minnesota is like Dorothy coming back home from Oz.

Crowell, an Army brat, began her career in home shopping in 1989 at Cable Value Network, CVN, in Minnesota in1989. Later this month, Nov. 24, Crowell will debut a new accessory and clothing line on ShopNBC, which is in Minneapolis.

“It’s almost like Dorothy,” Crowell said. “I clicked my heels and I’m going back home again, full circle.”

Crowell and her husband Paul Deasy, who is guest host for a jewelry line on ShopNBC, both started their gigs as home shopping hosts in 1989. While Crowell was at CVN, Deasy was at Home Shopping Network, now called HSN.

“Ironically, as life would have it, our lives were parallel before we met each other,” Crowell said.

Judy Crowell and Springer Spaniel friend Brie

Crowell had also traveled to places like China so she could discuss jade on the air, while Deasy have been to Africa at tanzanite mines and to Australia to see opals mined, to better describe them.

The husband-and-wife team have a common love of travel and jewelry, as well as “the love of really being able to tell a story about where things come from so that our customer could appreciate the experience and what it takes to get the product into their hands, that it’s not just plucked from a tree,” according to Crowell.

Crowell and Deasy both first worked at QVC and then HSN together, until exiting the No. 2 home shopping channel.

One of our most-asked questions is why did the married couple leave HSN. Deasy exited in December 2007, while Crowell left in April 2008.

After 18 years of each being a host, Crowell said, “We each kind of came to the conclusion that it was just time for a new challenge….That really is the truth. It was just time to move on and do some new things.”

Crowell and Deasy each made the choice to leave HSN themselves, according to Crowell.

“Paul had made the decision to leave first, and I was thinking about it,” she said. “I really had one of these moments, it was actually a long weekend, of sitting in front of the fireplace and staring into the fire and thinking I’ve been a television personality for 28 years, and now I’m thinking about getting out of the business and taking a chance, with no net.”

It was not an easy decision, according to Crowell.

“It was really scary because I really love the business and I loved being on television and I love the interaction with the customers,” she said. “That’s why you do it. …Whenever that phone call would come in, and it was somebody who would say, ‘Hi, I’ve been watching you for so many years. It’s so nice to talk to you. Say hi to Paul.’ That’s the joy in this…and now you’re saying goodbye to it.”

Paul Deasy

Full-year non-compete clauses kept Crowell and Deasy off the air, and gave them time to build their own businesses.

“If you were to ask ‘Why were they gone for so long, that answers part of that question,’” she said.

In addition to planning her ShopNBC line, Crowell has been doing voiceover work. She has also joined the World Fashion Council and is taking classes to be certified a fashion trend forecaster.

Crowell and Deasy approached ShopNBC about doing lines for it, according to Crowell.

“At one point we were talking about, ‘You can to one channel, I can go to another,'” she said. “And we considered that for awhile, but as timing would have it, as the needs of the different channels would have it, it turned out as they say, meant to be.”

Crowell and Deasy are in a way replacements for home-shopping’s other veteran husband-and-wife team, Pam and Wes McCoy. The McCoy’s were let go as hosts from ShopNBC in a cost-cutting measure, but Pam still has a clothing line on ShopNBC. 

The jewelry line Deasy guest hosts, the Gem Insider, debuted in July.

“ShopNBC has treated us like gold,” Crowell said. “They’re thrilled to have us both on board.”

Deasy’s book “Colored Gemstones” is sold on ShopNBC. And he is working on a second book on gems, this one on opals.

“From now on he’s going to be focusing on individual gemstones,” Crowell said. “And then he eventually wants to write another book similar to the one that’s already available, but on another whole series of gems that he didn’t have a chance to touch on in this book. There are hundreds of other ones.”

The night before their 2003 wedding, Crowell and Deasy with Kristen and Kyle

Crowell and Deasy still live in Florida, where their former employer HSN is based. They don’t plan to relocate to Minneapolis, where ShopNBC is located.

First of all, Deasy’s children, Kristen and Kyle, from a prior marriage live in Florida, as do Crowell’s parents.

And Crowell said that she has resided in the Midwest, in states such as Wisconsin, while working for TV before coming to home shopping.

“It’s a great place to live,” Crowell said. “It’s absolutely beautiful. The people are wonderful, but it’s really cold…. There’s something about landing in Tampa. Whenever we come home, it feels like a vacation.”

Crowell accompanies Deasy when he travels to Minneapolis for his ShopNBC shows.

“We’re up there a couple of times a month,” she said.

It looks like Crowell and Deasy have found happiness.

“We’re a great team,” she said. “We’re really lucky. It took a long time to find.”

See related story, “QVC and HSN Veteran Judy Crowell Explains Her New Line on ShopNBC.”

Gained Weight Or Pregnant? What’s Up With Heftier QVC Hosts Like Jacque Gonzales, and HSN’s Connie Craig-Carroll and Shivan Sarna?

November 11, 2009

What’s one of the most-asked question from our Web site viewers? It’s whether specific QVC and HSN hosts are pregnant.

In the past week or so there have been numerous variations of the inquiry, regarding QVC’s Jill Bauer, Jane Treacy and Jacque Gonzales; and HSN’s Shivan Sarna, Lynn Murphy, Connie Craig-Carroll and Suzanne Runyan.

We wish we had the answer to your question, but we don’t. We’ve already blogged and said that these hosts have gained a lot of weight in the past few months. They can’t all be pregnant.

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Jacque Gonzales

Next thing you know people will be asking if QVC’s David Venable, who has packed on a few pounds after taking over the cooking beat, is in the family way.

Neck-in-neck with the pregnancy question is what happened to Pam McCoy and Wes McCoy at ShopNBC. Cost-cutting, my friends, cost-cutting.

Unlike Other Hosts (You There Lisa?), HSN’s Shivan Sarna Swears She Bought Three Sets Of The Today’s Special Pearl Necklaces

November 7, 2009

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Shivan Sarna

Has a certain HSN host been reading our Homeshoppingista blog? We think Shivan Sarna may have taken a peek. Here’s why.

We’ve done several blogs on QVC host Lisa Robertson’s claim in nearly every show that she plans to buy an item, or more, that she is presenting. We started keeping track during the Stephen Dweck premiere. If she’s telling the truth, she must have one hell of a big jewelry box and closet.

On QVC rival HSN Saturday morning, Sarna was doing a presentation on the network’s Today’s Special, a set of four freshwater pearl necklaces for $100.

Sarna told viewers that certain online forums, we think that’s how she phrased it, had made comments about home shopping hosts claiming to own or wanting to buy merchandise they are presenting. Could it be our blog she was referencing?

Sarna said that she had been wearing a sample of the pearl necklaces for several weeks, and that last night, “I bought three sets myself.”

OK Sarna, we’ll take your word for it. But we’re still not believing Lisa.

We enjoy Sarna on HSN. She offers minimal hype, and she is a rockhound like us, but a trained one. She is a graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, which is apparently not an easy credential to get.

But we’re not feeling that HSN SV. We have some pearls, but we really love gemstones. Our birthstone is the diamond, and we have a smattering of those, but we often wear crystal quartz, white topaz, white zircon and white sapphire as substitutes.

We always wear natural gemstones, no cubic zirconia. We believe in those wacky New Age notions that gems and rocks have different powers and energies, so we want the real McCoy (we’re not talking about Wes or Pam) next to our skin.

We have a quartz crystal from Scottsdale, Ariz., next to our bed. And like every vortex-seeking chucklehead, we’ve been to the red-rock wonderland Sedona (now sadly overdeveloped) about a dozen times.

And this actually is not all that crazy, after all. Don’t radios and other electronic equipment use quartz to transmit energy? We’re just saying.

They’re Running Out Of Home Shopping Networks To Work At: Judy Crowell To Join Husband Paul Deasy On ShopNBC

November 6, 2009

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Judy Crowell

We are indebted to the posters on QVC’s forums, who are more on the ball than us. Here’s the scoop they uncovered: Judy Crowell will be joining her husband Paul Deasy on ShopNBC.

We recently wrote a blog about Deasy, a gemstone expert who now has a collection called the Gem Insider on ShopNBC. Deasy met Crowell when they were both hosts on QVC, and they married. They left QVC and both turned up at HSN as hosts.

Then they were gone, until Deasy debuted on ShopNBC. And now the ShopNBC program guide says that The Judy Crowell Collection will debut on ShopNBC Nov. 24 with two shows.

There is no information yet on ShopNBC’s Web site about what Crowell’s products will be, but we think it’s a good bet that it’s jewelry. We’ll see.

Here is the happy couple on Deasy’s Web site, but we saw no info about Crowell’s ShopNBC line.

ShopNBC used to have a husband-and-wife host team, Wes and Pam McCoy. But the two were let go in an apparent cost-cutting measure, although Pam still has a clothing line on the network.


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