Posts Tagged ‘Patti Reilly leaving QVC’

Ex-QVC Host Patti Reilly Is Off And Running, To LA, and Writes About Her Pain

March 18, 2011

Patti Reilly, who exited QVC just a week ago, is not wasting any time getting the heck out of West Chester, Pa.

On Facebook Wednesday she posted an update on her status.

“Sooooo, I sold my house in a week and move to LA at the end of May, yay!!!! Someone is looking out for me, and the positive energy you guys send is amazing! Thank you!!! xo”

Patti Reilly wrote a soulful letter on her blog

Good for you, Patti. Maybe it was the luck of the Irish!

She also posted a rambling opus letter on her own website, which we don’t know quite what to make of.

She certainly sounds like she was in a lot of pain.

“Even on days when things have gone so horribly wrong you can’t even fathom expressing yourself, you go on-air and smile when the light turns red,” Reilly blogged.

“That’s when I started to feel the burn of doing something that just didn’t feel right anymore. We all have our stories and we all have painful realities, but it’s when you can finally decide to not play the victim and do something about it, that you really begin to notice the shift. I pray and meditate every night. I read so many books on self-help, healing, manifesting change, the law of attraction, and the list goes on and on and on it’s almost ridiculous. I have searched for answers in this type of literature as well as from family, friends, and colleagues for years. I have paralyzed myself with fear and self-doubt for so, so long that I finally hit a breaking point.”

Most recently, Reilly is schmoozing with her QVC friends.

“I had dinner with Jeanne Bice last night, we sat at the table talking for 4 hours!!!” Reilly posted Friday. “It was so much fun. And Dr. Robb stopped by too! Today I think I’ll be swinging, sliding down slides & in the sandbox…I have Finn for the day:). Enjoy the weather!!!”

She also has a load of affirmations and quotes on Facebook.

Here is one we may steal.

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

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QVC Host Patti Reilly Bids A Teary Farewell, With People Still Asking ‘What’s Up With That?’

March 12, 2011

We came in on the tail end of Patti Reilly’s final show on QVC, and she has wiped tears from her eyes several times as we were watching.

She is going to need a truck to take home all the bouquets of flowers she’s gotten during her swan song.

She is now on the air with makeup queen Laura Geller, who she described as her best friend. The show is about to end.

“I’ve been crying here all night,” Geller told Reilly.

Patti Reilly (right) clowning around with Mally Roncal (far left) back in the day

Reilly, who looks pretty good in a cute grey vest and white ruffled shirt, has been taking calls from friends and even QVC vendor and shampoo pooh-pooher Chaz Dean, who told her, “You’re jumping ship! What’s up with that?”

That’s what a lot of people are wondering.

On Facebook a few days ago, Reilly seemed a little annoyed that fans keep asking why she is going.

She posted her answer Monday.

“Why am I leaving QVC?” she said. “I don’t want to look back 5 yrs from now w regret. I want to step thru a potential door of opportunity that I may have never known existed had I ‘played it safe.’ I’ve been praying for a new life & I believe this is part of the plan:) I am grateful for the years spent, but it’s simply time to move on.”

At the very end of Reilly’s last QVC show, hosts Lisa Robertson and Jacque Gonzales came out — and also got weepy –to say goodbye. Gonzales blubbered something about Reilly coming to her wedding that we didn’t quote catch.

“Thank you everybody, for watching me for 11 years,” Reilly said.

Ever-bubbly Mally Roncal, the red-carpet makeup artist, was also on Reilly’s final “Friday Night Beauty” show. In fact, Roncal created two products, a Highshine Liquid Lipstick Duo, just for Reilly.

“I had to take care of Miss Patti,” Roncal said. “You know Miss Patti Reilly, she is a sparkler, a firecracker.”

Geller, by the way, has now lost two of her good buddies at QVC. Host Lisa Mason, Geller neighbor in Manhattan, also exited this year. In fact, Mason and Geller are doing a meet-and-greet in Manhattan to promote Mason’s new book.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: People seem to love or hate Patti. QVC customers are bantering back and forth on our blogs about her, which mentioned the fact that she had lost a lot of weight vey quickly, making some suspect she had some kind of surgery.

QVC Host Patti Reilly, Long-Rumored To Be Leaving, Is Actually Leaving

February 27, 2011

Another long-time QVC host is flying the coop. Patti Reilly is following Lisa Mason out the door.

Reilly posted the news on her blog, on her own website. Thanks for the tip, Joanie-B!

Patti Reilly's photo from Puerto Rico

Here’s part of Reilly’s blog:

“It’s true that I am leaving QVC after 11 great years. I’m looking forward to opening myself up to new ideas and experiences in life, but I’d be fooling myself if I didn’t admit that it’s a little scary. I’ve been so lucky to have a healthy family, nephews, my niece, great friends and co-workers, all in their own way who have opened up and shared a piece of their life with me. Through a different lens, and mentally picturing myself for one day in their shoes, came the realization that I want to try other things. That I want to value and really, really be present with my family & friends more.

Reilly, fresh from a vacation in Puerto Rico, wrote that she had an epiphany when when her black lab got sick last summer. She said she lives alone with her two dogs, and was heartbroken when the lab could no longer get up the stairs to sleep with her.

I talked to my family and friends more and reached out to people I haven’t seen in years. I stepped back and looked at my life, which is not really where I ultimately envisioned it to be. I would love to boast about my children, husband & homelife, but my picture right now just looks different than what I would have thought had you asked me 10 years ago. I have an opportunity now to take a step, start a new journey and I’m going to embrace that. I know that if Piper could climb up those stairs one last time, she definitely would!

Reilly was doing executive training when she caught the QVC bug.

QVC was the only watchable show on at 2 or 3 in the morning. I saw Lisa Robertson selling Smashbox Cosmetics and suddenly found my next goal. I auditioned for a Show Host position in February, 2000 and was offered the job a month later. I’ve been at QVC for 11 years now…can you believe it??? I love what I do, especially when I host beauty shows.

Reilly is a very polarizing figure. QVC fans either loved her or hated her. She sparked a lot of speculation when she lost a ton of weight, We suspected surgery, but she claimed it was just a diet. On some of her more recent appearances, she made bizarre comments about her moods and sometimes made off remarsk to vendors.

She is regularly brutally lampooned on the Television Without Pity website.