We noticed several new hosts, women of color, in the past two days on Evine Live and now we know why: The net needed to fill in its ranks now that veteran host Connie Kunkle has left the house.
A kind Facebook friend gave us the heads-up about Kunkle’s “early retirement.”
The home shopping network posted the news on its own Facebook page.
EVINE Live Host Connie Kunkle wanted to share the following message with all of her fans:
“It is with a sad heart that I inform my EVINE Live customers, coworkers and friends, that I am leaving my position as an On-Air Host and taking early retirement. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company and my interactions with its loyal and loving customers. I will miss the encouragement and friendship from this community. I appreciate your support, and I will miss each of you. A special thank you!”
We want to sincerely thank Connie for all the smiles and laughter she has brought to us and her viewers over the past 11 years. We wish her all the best as she starts this new phase in her life and will miss her dearly. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a few fun clips of Connie over the years plus share your favorite Connie memory in the comments below.
Here is Kunkle’s bio from Evinelive.com.
Connie Kunkle has hosted television shows about home decorating, cooking and finance in addition to hosting talk shows. She became an at-home shopping host in 1996, and in 2004 joined Evine Live, where she became the go-to woman for everything from jewelry and fashion to beauty and home décor. Connie loves connecting with viewers and talking about products with them.
When not behind the camera, Connie can often be found on stage singing. She has performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London. With unending energy and a zest for life, Connie enjoys golfing, knitting and adventure travel–and she loves sharing her stories on air with viewers.
“I love the variety of products here at Evine Live–no two days are alike! It really keeps us on our toes.”
The hosts that we saw for the first time recently, maybe we have just missed them before, are Fatima Cocci and Sam Simmons.
Fatima became part of the Evine Live family in 2007 as a favorite model and guest. She is excited to have recently joined the dynamic and fun-loving host team. As a self-proclaimed “true Gemini,” she loves to be involved in the amazing variety of products offered here and is always looking to dive into the next hot project.
While the Evine Live family grows daily, her own family is also growing with the arrival of a baby boy this year. Fatima is happy her stepson will now have a partner in crime to buddy with.
Fatima’s background includes everything from sales, to owning her own real estate brokerage, to teaching Latin dance professionally. The common thread has always been her love of being social and connecting with people.
“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to bring the awesome products we have at Evine Live to life. I am also delighted to share my passion for life, dance, and travel with all of our fabulous viewers.”
Sam joins the Evine Live family after a 15 year TV career that has taken her all over the world. Beginning her career in the control room at BBC news it wasn’t long before she was invited to step in front of the camera as both host and model. “I love to travel for work but moving to Minnesota for Evine Live is totally life changing. It was too good an opportunity to miss!”
Outside of the studio Sam is passionate about yoga, personal growth and is a trained life coach. Her motto is, “Rock what you’ve got!”