Posts Tagged ‘David Venable’

He’s No David Venable: Shaquille O’Neal To Debut ‘In the Kitchen with Shaq’ on ShopHQ

November 26, 2019

We are way behind in our blogging when it comes to ShopHQ. In our defense, we had been on the email list for all of the shopping network’s press releases. But all of a sudden we mysteriously stopped getting them, like this juicy tidbit about a fellow New Jersey native.

ShopHQ has announced it had struck a deal for basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, who is from Newark, to host a live program, “In the Kitchen with Shaq,” as well as reaching a product partnership for a collection of kitchenware, cookware, and grill products.

“In the Kitchen with Shaq” is set to broadcast live, starting next year, as a weekly one-hour program hosted by the Hall of Famer. It will feature “Shaq-approved” kitchen, and cookware essentials.

Who does he think he is, George Foreman?

“In the Kitchen with Shaq” will originate from Atlanta and is confirmed for 30 live broadcasts.

“I’m so excited to partner with ShopHQ on ‘In the Kitchen with Shaq,’” O’Neal said in what was definitely a canned quote.

“Nothing brings people together like food and my new collection features top-of-the-line kitchen necessities that anyone can use to prep, cook and serve their favorite recipes,” he said. “I can’t wait to unveil it on ShopHQ®.”

ShopHQ CEO Im Peterman chimed in, “Shaquille’s business acumen has no bounds, and we know that his fan base will be excited not only to see Shaq on their television screens but also in their kitchens.”

We have written about O’Neal in our day job, because he has invested in several real estate projects in his hometown, Newark.

Here’s the boilerplate on O’Neal:

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the world’s most successful athletes-turned-businessmen, whose accomplishments both on and off the court have translated into a highly sought-after consumer brand. As a business mogul, sports analyst, DJ, restaurateur, and brand ambassador, O’Neal’s unique “Business of Fun” mantra resonates throughout each of his countless endeavors.

The 15-time NBA All-Star’s unprecedented athletic career spanned nearly two decades and earned him countless awards and honors, including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, four NBA Championships and a First Ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Currently, O’Neal is an analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA, and will be premiering his life chronicling reality series, Shaq Life, in 2020.

O’Neal, who has a PhD in Leadership and Education, gives back through a number of annual philanthropic programs including Shaq to School, Shaqsgiving, and Shaq a Claus.

The debut of his Los Angeles restaurant, Shaquille’s, along with his Las Vegas eatery, Big Chicken, has further elevated Shaquille’s tycoon status he has positioned him as a successful restaurateur. A second Big Chicken location is slated to open in Glendale, CA and will debut at sea on Carnival Cruise Lines Radiance and Mardi Gras.

Did ‘Happy Dance’ Host Have Meltdown?

October 28, 2018

On Facebook someone said that today they spotted a QVC host, apparently David Venable, having a hissy fit on-air.

Apparently, he was annoyed that someone on the set was making too much noise i the background during his broadcast.

We avoid cooking shows like the plague, so we missed this. Did anyone else see it?

QVC Host David Venable To Broadcast Live From Chapel Hill

August 4, 2015

We guess you can go home again, or at least QVC host David Venable can.

Venable, the No. 1 home shopping network’s expert in the kitchen, will be on the road and broadcasting live from a parking deck in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday, according to the Charlotte News & Observer. Free tickets to the event are gone.

Venable, a Charlotte native and University of North Carolina grad, talked to the newspaper about his memories of favorite local foods such as cheddar biscuits, which sound out of this world.

David Venable heads South

David Venable heads South

He also waxed on about his mother, a single mom who raised three kids, and her cooking, like her mayonnaise drop biscuits. We loves us some biscuits, have you noticed?

On Tuesday, Venable will be doing a book signing for his most recent cookbook, “Back Around The Table,” at an area restaurant.

QVC’s David Venable Sold $250 Million In Products Last Year, Times Says

June 10, 2015

QVC is on a roll this week in terms of getting positive press.

First, The New York Times has done a huge feature on host David Venable, who it credits with selling more than $250 million in QVC cooking-related merchandise last year. The story is headlined “QVC’s David Venable: The Man Who Helps America Cook.”

David Venable

David Venable

It’s a good read, revealing what a powerhouse Venable is as a pitchman and offering some details about his personal life, as well.

According to the story, Venable’s two “In the Kitchen With David” cookbooks have sold more than 500,000 copies in the home shopping channel.

“Mr. Venable has singular star power,” The Times wrote. “His is the most-watched show, which gives him a lot of sway over how America cooks.”

The Times describes the typical QVS shoppers as “an upscale metro suburban woman over 35 who wears Spanx, drinks Starbucks and is thinking of ordering a KitchenAid mixer on her iPhone.”

Is that you?

The article says that Venable is 50 and came to QVC after working as a broadcast journalist. He was raised in Charlotte, N.C., by a single mother, a nurse, and was one of three kids.

“Like all QVC hosts, he is protective of his personal life,” The Times wrote. “Lisa Robertson, the popular longtime fashion host, left this year in part because years of dealing with multiple stalkers had taken a toll. Mr. Venable has been the subject of unflattering blog posts about his body and his sex life. He smiles kindly and politely asks that his private life be kept private.”

FYI to The Times: Lisa left last year!

Philadelphia Magazine also just published a Q&A with QVC CEO Mike George: “How QVC Turned an Obsolete Genre Into an $8.8B Business: CEO Mike George on embracing tech, Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner, and Joan Rivers’ death.”

“Joan was deeply connected to the QVC family,” George said in the interview. “I was at her bedside the night before she passed away. The outpouring from customers was unbelievable. Letters, phone calls. Our call centers were overwhelmed, not with product calls but calls about Joan.”

Billy Joel’s Ex-, Paul Deen And Todd English Hit Home Shopping Circuit

March 11, 2015

Something’s cooking at several of the home shopping channels. And it adds up to a lot of dollar signs.

Today HSN put out a press release noting that Katie Lee, Long Island crooner Billy Joel’s ex-wife, is coming to the network. The announcement was about the No. 2 home shopping channel’s 24-hour “Ultimate Cooking Lesson” on Sunday.

The cast of characters for that shindig will also include Curtis Stone, Robert Irvine, Lorena Garcia, Carla Hall, Ingrid Hoffmann, Jamie Gwen, Eduardo Garcia and Keith Schroeder.

“HSN is looking forward to hosting our first-ever cooking lesson with culinary greats from all over the country who will present innovative products during one of our most memorable cooking events ever,” Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN’s Chief Merchandising Officer, said in a canned statement.”HSN continues to redefine the shopping experience by offering highly entertaining events such as these that are fun and informative for our customers.”

The release says:

HSN’s newest personality, Katie Lee, will be launching Endless Summer Cookbook (Stewart, Tabori & Chang Hardcover), taking viewers beyond kitchen walls as she guides them through the complete dining experience: the atmosphere, the stories that ingredients tell and the company at the table.

And we’d be remiss not to mention what’s brewing over at Evine Live. Not only has it snapped up Paula Deen, who was dumped by QVC after the furor over some of the racist remarks she made years ago, but it’s got HSN remnant Todd English, the sometimes publicly inebriated celebrity chef, hawking his cookbooks and such on-air.

Why all all the food fury? It makes tons of money for home shopping channels. David Venable helped pave the way with the multi-million dollar empire he’s built for QVC with his cooking shows. It’s no chump change.

QVC Host David Venable Pens Second Cookbook

July 4, 2014

That sly puss David Venable, QVC’s kitchen king, has a new cookbook coming out.

David Venable’s second cookbook is called “Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook.

The new tome, which follows his 2012 best-seller, is scheduled to launch Sunday at noon during QVC’s most popular cooking show “In the Kitchen with David,” which the Southerner hosts twice weekly.

David Venable

David Venable

Venable’s fans will be able to order the cookbook during an exclusive three-month pre-sale. The book will be published on Oct. 7.

“I was overwhelmed by the positive support I received for my first cookbook,” Venable said in a canned statement. “Working with Random House once again provides me with the opportunity to bring my latest and greatest comfort food favorites to foodies across the country. My new recipes in ‘Back Around the Table’ aspire to bring families and friends together and keep them coming back to the table for more mouth-watering food and memorable times.”

Venable’s cookbook from Ballantine Books features more than 100 brand-new recipes, as well as 30 fan favorites.

The book is arranged like a collection of “mini” comfort-themed books including chapters, such as “Mix and Mingle,” “Quick and Easy” and “Gather and Share.”

America’s Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond (who the hell is she?), a frequent guest on “In the Kitchen with David,” wrote the cookbook’s foreword.

QVC will feature a special edition of the cookbook, which will contain the bonus chapter “Comfort & Joy” with 10 additional holiday-themed recipes.

“David’s infectious love for food and passion for cooking for his family and friends has made ‘In the Kitchen with David’ one of the most popular and well-regarded programs in the country,” said Karen Fonner, QVC’s vice president of content marketing and programming.

“’Back Around the Table’ perfectly captures David’s enthusiasm and is sure to bring families together as they enjoy their favorite comfort foods.”

Venable joined QVC as a program host in 1993 and has since helped establish and build the multimedia retailer’s gourmet food business.

There are more than 350,000 copies in print of his 2012 cookbook, In the Kitchen with David: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home.

Over the years, Venable has welcomed some of the most prominent chefs and food celebrities to “In the Kitchen with David” such as Giada De Laurentiis; Lidia Bastianich; Emeril Lagasse; Rachael Ray; The Chew’s Michael Symon; Carla Hall and Daphne Oz; TLC’s Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and many more.

QVC’s Press Release On Bethenny Frankel, Et Al

September 24, 2013

We already wrote about this, folks, but here is QVC’s better-late-than-never press release about its involvement with the new Bethenny Frankel show:


Leading Multimedia Retailer and Bethenny Frankel Join Forces for the Debut Season of “bethenny”

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (September 23, 2013) – Home to some of the most successful entrepreneurs today, QVC has announced that it is teaming up with self-made businesswoman and mother Bethenny Frankel for the inaugural season of her nationally syndicated talk show “bethenny.” Frankel, who brings her uniquely honest, unfiltered and playful perspective to daytime television on “bethenny,” will feature QVC hosts in several episodes. As respected authorities on a variety of lifestyle topics, QVC’s relatable personalities will offer tips and advice on the themes that interest women most: cooking, home décor, beauty and style trends and more.

“Bethenny’s values, sense of entrepreneurialism and her desire to empower women mirror QVC’s core principles,” said Karen Fonner, vice president of content marketing for QVC. “Her new show is the perfect vehicle for us to gain exposure outside our network in a fun and inspirational fashion.”

QVC’s first “bethenny” appearance will feature David Venable, host of “In the Kitchen with David” and cookbook author. Venable will offer simple, useful cooking tips in a segment titled “David to the Rescue,” which is scheduled to air Tuesday, September 24. Additional segments featuring Venable and QVC Host Lisa Robertson will follow throughout the season. QVC, the leading video and ecommerce retailer, is promoting Frankel’s new show and the host appearances on its own web site at

To find out when “bethenny” airs in your city, please visit

QVC’s Robertson, Venable To Appear On Bethenny Frankel Show

September 21, 2013

As our colleague at our day job, Hugh Morley, would say — Ai, ai, ai (or however that’s spelled)!

QVC’s “lifestyle experts,” hosts Lisa Robertson and David Venable, will apparently be making regular appearances on Bethenny Frankel’s new TV show.

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel

Here’ what has to say:

Daytime talk show host Bethenny Frankel, the “Queen of Too Much Information,” is teaming up with QVC’s own lifestyle experts David Venable and Lisa Robertson throughout the inaugural season of bethenny. Watch David and Lisa dish with the self-made businesswoman on everything from fashion must-haves and home-decorating ideas to cooking tips, beauty, and more.

Bethenny Frankel brings her uniquely honest, unfiltered, playful perspective to her very own daytime talk show. Encouraging her audience to love and accept themselves while taking risks to impact their lives, family, friends, and communities, Bethenny orchestrates it all while maintaining a sense of humor, candidness, and point of view—always coming from a place of yes.

Bethenny will cover the topics that women care about most—from love and relationships to celebrities and pop culture to beauty, cooking tips, and fitness, all through Bethenny’s own personal and professional life experiences.

Expect it all, from fun and spontaneous celebrity interviews to informative takeaways on health and relationship issues, as bethenny is quickly becoming the go-to destination for women every day to learn, laugh, feel inspired, be transformed, and, ultimately, in Bethenny’s words, “always go for it.”

Venable will be appearing Sept. 24.,OFTI

We don’t particularly consider Robertson and Venable lifestyle experts, but what the heck. We do know, and were shocked when we learned it, that Venable’s “In the Kitchen With David” is a huge, more than $100 million money maker for QVC. We’ve never bought one item from it, but what do we know?

We actually like Frankel, and we have a bottle of her Skinny Girl Margarita sitting in our refridgerator.

QVC Kitchen King David Venable Ready For His AC Close-Up

September 3, 2013

What’s next, Las Vegas?

My sister Karen was recently in Atlantic City and she saw a huge billboard featuring QVC host David Venable! She was going to snap a photo of it, and we wish she had whipped out her iPhone.

David Venable

David Venable

At it turns out, QVC’s kitchen maestro Venable will be doing a cooking demonstration at the hip, pricey Bogata Hotel and Casino on Sept. 14.

Here’s what The Borgata website says:

Join David Venable of QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” for a culinary demonstration at The Music Box with Multimedia Host Mary DeAngelis. Learn QVC’s Resident Foodie’s favorite tips and techniques.

$35 per person

Later that day, Venable will be hawking his tome in AC, according to The Borgata.

David will be signing copies of his cookbook In the Kitchen with David: Comfort Foods That Take You Home at 28 West at 3:30pm on Saturday, September 14. Books will be available for purchase.

QVC Catches ‘Deadliest Catch’ Crab Cakes For Sunday Debut, Post Reports

November 30, 2012

QVC host David Venable has crabs — as in crab cakes, from some crew members of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

The New York Post reported this week that Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand, who are on the hit reality series, will join the long roster of TV show stars who are hawking products on QVC.

The Hillstrand boys

“Deadliest Catch” was developed by the creator of the macho reality show genre, producer Thom Beers, who we interviewed and profiled several years ago.

The Hillstrand boys will be selling “Deadliest Catch Alaskan Style Crab Cakes,” according to the Post, on Venable’s “In the Kitchen With David” show Sunday at noon.

The Post wrote that “according to press materials,” which of course we never got, these crab cakes are “packed with three types of 100 percent USA caught crab, wild caught cod fish and the Hillstrand family’s secret blend of seasonings.”

Apparently, the press release also said that these “Deadliest” crab cakes were “created especially for QVC foodies … they’re sure to make a splash with seafood lovers of all ages.”