Posts Tagged ‘Dan Hughes’

QVC Host Dan Hughes: ‘I Had Massive Heart Attack’

November 9, 2013

QVC host Dan Hughes let go a bombshell today on Facebook: He suffered a massive heart attack last spring.

Hughes had been gone from QVC for time in February, but never explained why until now.

Dan Hughes

Dan Hughes

Tomorrow will be a wonderful yet emotional day,” he posted. ” I am by nature a rather private individual (not easy to do when you work on TV). I can also truly say that every single day of my life feels like a blessing.

Many of you might know that I was out of work for an extended period of time back in Feb. ….and I have never really taken the time to say why. On Feb 21st I suffered a massive heart attack that should have ended my days. But, for reasons that I cannot understand… did not.

I will spend the rest of my long and happy life trying to deserve this second chance. Tomorrow is the 15th annual Philly American Heart association walk. QVC has become a primary corporate sponsor for the event and I am humbled that the Association has asked me to join their efforts as one of their national spokes people.

So, tomorrow we will walk. And with every step I will give thanks for being allowed to once again be to be strong, and healthy … The ancient Romans believed that the heart was the center of emotion. Medical science has proved other wise….but tomorrow let your heart reach out to your loved ones and friends. Tell them you love them and bask in the pure emotion that comes from the heart.

Since our dad has survived several massive heart attacks, we wish Dan the best.


QVC Host Dan Hughes Taking A Powder, But Not For Long

May 22, 2013

QVC host Dan Hughes is rather mysteriously taking a respite from his gig on the home shopping network. But it’s not for good, he assures us.

“Just want to let my friends know that I will soon be taking some time away from QVC,” Hughes posted on Facebook.

“NO I am not leaving. After a lot of thought Kelly and I have decided that it is time for me to take some time for myself and complete a few of my ‘bucket list’ projects,” he wrote. “I will be taking the entire month of June as a sabbatical.

Dan Hughes

Dan Hughes

Other than my unexpected medical leave this Feb. I have never really taken any extended time away from my career. I am sure The Q will be just fine without me for a month and I am truly grateful to have such wonderful employers to allow me to do so. Just wanted to stall any rumors that I was leaving lol.”

OK, Dan, we got it.

QVC Does Damage Control On ‘Today Show’ With Fainting Guest Defending Dan Hughes

October 12, 2012

QVC did some damage control Thursday over the fainting-guest incident, which went viral this week.

Cassie Shane appeared on “The Today Show” to defend the honor of QVC host Dan Hughes. On Sunday, in a very disturbing scene to watch, Shane was pitching a children’s tablet on QVC when she suddenly clutched her chest and fell toward Hughes.

The camera went to a close up of Hughes, who kept selling the product. No one ever explained what happened to Shane.

Shane told Lauer that she has three young kids, shoe was up the night before one of them, and she hadn’t eaten before the show. She said fainted, which is something you never heard from QVC on Sunday. What the audience didn’t see was that two medics were helping Shane off-camera, she said.

“I feel really good,” she said on the morning news show. “I went to see the doctor and I’m OK.”

She defended Hughes, claiming she was the one who told him to keep selling. She added that he was one of her good friends.

“He did the best he could,” Shane said. “I think people think he was stepping over my body.”

That’s not the point. QVC should have done viewers the courtesy of explaining what happened to Shane, rather than pretending nothing happened. Shane said she hadn’t watched the clip herself because her husband, her family, told her not to.

“My mother and sister saw it, and they were crying,” she said.

QVC viewers were also upset, and the home shopping network should have given them an explanation of what happened.

Hey QVC, Who Shut Off The ‘Comment’ Option On Our Dan-Hughes-Fainting-Fiasco Blog?

October 10, 2012

We don’t pretend to be any expert on the mechanics of blogging, or the platform we use, WordPress. But mysteriously somehow, some way, the “comment” option on our recent blog on QVC host Dan Hughes’ behavior when a guest fainted Sunday.

And it wasn’t us. Do you know who it was,QVC?

In that blog, we had asked for QVC watchers to comment on the incident that prompted the blog, which we learned about from the New York Post.

Well, we didn’t get any comments. Nobody could post any, because “comment” was off. One of our readers posted on another blog, asking why the “comment” option had been nixed on the Hughes blog.

Query us this, who put the kibosh on comments being posted on our Dan Hughes blog

Here’s the B-roll on this. Hughes was on the air with guest Cassie Shane, who was hawking the FubTab Pro kids tablet, when she suddenly grabbed her chest. She was stammering, and started leaning toward Hughes. The camera cut away and went to a close-up of Hughes, who kept on pitching the product, with no reference to Shane’s obvious illness.

The Post, and we, thought that Hughes should not have continued selling, and that QVC should have made comment on-air about what had happened to Shane. We wanted to see who agreed or not. Apparently the morning news shows, like “Good Morning America,” also did stories Tuesday on the QVC incident, as well.

Tuesday Hughes posted this panty-waist explanation on Facebook.

“I’m sure you are all aware of what happened over the weekend during ‘Sunday’s with Carolyn and Dan,'” he wrote. “I am very happy to report that Cassie Slane is feeling much better after her fainting spell that occurred while we were on air together. What you couldn’t see in your homes was the rapid response and immediate care that came to Cassie’s side. Thank you so much for your concern and support guys. I truly appreciate you all!”

Bite me Dan, and you too, QVC.

It doesn’t matter if Slane got immediate care. Why didn’t QVC cue viewers into what had happened? Didn’t want to stop the flow of sales for those FurTabs?

Many QVC customers came to Hughes’ defense on Facebook. They were worried about what happened to Shane. Too bad they never got an explanation from QVC.

Here are some of the Facebook postings:

“Dan, you would have made a great WWll Bomber Pilot. You would stay on target no matter what. Lol”

“They showed it this morning on GMA and when I saw you ,I thought oh boy, I bet he’s in a panic. Is she diabetic? I am and I never want to feel the low sugar feeling. I try to keep my a little higher so that doesn’t happen. On GMA they said a low sugar. Glad she is fine.”

“Dan, you are awesome. Anyone that says different is an idiot. I missed the real thing, but saw it on YouTube. All professionally done. QVC is real time all the time, you all have had to roll with whatever is given you. Those other network folks have no idea how challenging your job is. Glad to hear Cassie is ok. Poor thing, when she put her hand on her chest, I felt so bad for her. Take care, see you soon with Pat, you are the best!”

“It’s hard to believe you continued selling that child’s toy without showing any kind of stressful emotion when the lady is standing close to you and obviously needs YOUR help. I saw this on Good Morning America, Hoda and Kathy Lee, Anderson Cooper, and the internet, and I don’t watch the news that much.”

“Yes, the morning show hosts were very rude today. They even posted it on FB. Your loyal Sunday viewers know differently. Thank you for posting this and I’m very happy that she is doing fine.”

“I’m so glad she is ok, I thought about her all day!”

“You handled the situation like a true professional, Dan! I know that in a big organization like QVC you are trained to prepare for emergencies like this. I know Cassie received immediate attention, and you did a fantastic job. I’m sure it was a tough situation. Don’t let anyone tell you that you should have done otherwise! You must have nerves of steel Dan…wish I did! Great response on your part.”

Now here are some posters that we agree with:

“I am happy to hear the woman is okay but the whole scenario came off pretty bad on TV I hope you can learn from this in the future so that it never happens and you realize how you react impacts your audience”

“It’s not Dan’s decision to keep going. If anything, the producers should have cut away and went to a commercial. At any rate, I think the fact that this was the 2nd time this happened and that the Q knew about her condition meant that they knew she wasn’t having a seizure or stroke. So, it wasn’t a ‘surprise’ in the true sense of the word; they knew what they were dealing with. Although, It is a shame that the Q couldn’t say something as it upset many people to see.”

Hello, and thank you, folks.

Let’s see if the “comment” option is turned off on this blog.

Fainting Guest Doesn’t Stop QVC Host Dan Hughes From Making His Pitch

October 9, 2012

We don’t know whether to laud QVC host Dan Hughes for being calm and collected, or condemn him for being a cold-hearted jerk, after a bizarre scenario on the home shopping network Sunday.

The unstoppable Dan Hughes

We missed it, but the New York Post didn’t. Hughes was on the air with Cassie Slane, who was hawking the FubTab Pro kids tablet, when she suddenly grabbed her chest. She was stammering, and started leaning toward Hughes.

The Post had a clip of the incident, which we watched. When it appeared that Slane was going to faint and fall, QVC camera’s went to a closeup of Hughes, who continued to pitch the product, as if everything was okey-dokey.

Now that we think about it, Hughes acted like a horse’s ass.

What do you guys think?