Posts Tagged ‘Suzanne Somers’

Suzanne Somers Poses Nude for Birthday, Sues QVC

October 28, 2019

This blog is a tease, and if we could find out more we would, but here it is: Veteran home shopping vendor Suzanne Somers has filed a lawsuit against QVC.

Bloomberg Law, which requires a subscription to get the full text of its news stories, wrote about the suit about a week ago. The case is Docket No. 19-cv-4773.

Actress, author and entrepreneur Somers — who has sold products on HSN, ShopHQ and QVC — has charged QVC with fraud and antitrust violations in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “claiming the at-home shopping company used catch-and-kill tactics to favor another dietary supplement over hers,” according to Bloomberg Law.

It reported:

Somers, the former star of the TV sitcoms “Three’s Company” and “Step By Step,” sells supplements through her company SLC Sweet Inc., according to her complaint. Before inking a deal with QVC, she marketed the products through her own website and platforms run by other home shopping businesses, including HSN Inc. and Evine, now known as ShopHQ.

Around the time QVC was negotiating with Somers, it was also…

But that’s all we could read without paying for a sub.

This brouhaha broke about the same time as another tempest in a teapot, when Somers posed topless, her arms across her chest, on her 73rd birthday 0ct. 16. She posted the photo on Instagram, causing a furor over whether a woman her age should have been a bare-naked lady or not. Publications like The New York Post and People magazine wrote about it.

Frankly, we were far more disturbed to see her and her husband Alan Hamel in a video, where he had painted his toenails the same deep color blue that we got for our pedicure yesterday.

Kirks Folly, Marianna Jacobs, Somers and Brand

September 18, 2017

We’re behind on our blogging, been busy at work, but here are some tidbits and observations.

Kirks Folly will be bringing its whimsical fairy dust, jewelry and home décor back to QVC on Sept. 29. The line, which beacons the angels among us, is either the silliest thing you have ever seen or something you fanatically love. Jenniefer Kirk posted on Facebook about her return.

Back in the day Jenniefer and then-QVC host Judy Crowell would get dressed up in elaborate outfits, and sell Kirks Folly from an elaborate set. Don’t know if we’ll be seeing that again.

Sterling silver designer Marianna Jacobs and her husband Richard have been on several home shopping networks selling their handmade jewelry. Most recently they did a stint on Evine before joining HSN.

Marianna was on HSN host Colleen Lopez’s “Designer Gallery” show on Sunday with her Travelers’ Journey line and it looked like she had a makeover. She was totally glam – blown-out hair, tailored attire, totally different that her former free hair, casual hippy kind of look. And her husband Richard isn’t mentioned, as far as we could tell. They used to appear on-air together. What’s up?

We briefly saw Suzanne Somers – who sent from HSN to Evine to QVC — recently with QVC host Rick Domeir. We thought she looked good as she touted her new book, which in part touts her long-term marriage. Our mom thought Somers looked terrible. We will tell you what was terrible: The way Domeir was fawning over her.

By now we all know that HSN, in advance of Hurricane Irma, let its employees go off the safety and packed up a crew to televise from makeshift studios in Nashville, Tenn. We have seen a promo several times now where our buddy Bill Brand, HSN’s president, thanked viewers for their good wished and prayers. With Mindy Grossman’s exit to join Oprah Winfrey’s Weight Watchers leaving a vacuum at the top at HSN, Brand may be her replacement.

Is Suzanne Somers Bound For QVC?

June 2, 2017

UPDATE: A reader told us she saw a QVC promo saying that Somers is coming to the network in July.

Is this a sign of things to come?

One of our readers noted that several of Suzanne Somers’ products are now on QVC’s website, listed as “new.” The items include protein shakes.

So is the blonde actress-entrepreneur-author coming to the No. 1 home shopping network?

Somers for years was on HSN hawking jewelry, clothes and diet food. Then she landed at Evine for several years, until announcing recently that she was leaving there.

We’re told that many, many years ago Somers was on QVC selling her Thighmaster.

So maybe she’s about to return.

Is Suzanne Somers Bound For QVC?

June 1, 2017

Is this a sign of things to come?

One of our readers noted that several of Suzanne Somers’ products are now on QVC’s website, listed as “new.” The items include protein shakes.

So is the blonde actress-entrepreneur-author coming to the No. 1 home shopping network?

Somers for years was on HSN hawking jewelry, clothes and diet food. Then she landed at Evine for several years, until announcing recently that she was leaving there.

We’re told that many, many years ago Somers was on QVC selling her Thighmaster.

So maybe she’s about to return.

Suzanne Somers Says Goodbye To Evine

April 6, 2017

Actress-entrepeneur-author Suzanne Somers has exited Evine.

One of our readers tipped us off to the news.

Yesterday the blonde bombshell announced her departure from the No. 3 home shopping network on Facebook.

Suzanne Somers

We don’t know if it was her choice or the network’s, but Somers was very gracious about it.

“THANK YOU, EVINE for 7 wonderful years!” she wrote.

“The people I’ve worked with in Minnesota are some of the nicest people I have encountered in my entire career … from the incredible buying team, to the awesome production crew, to my adorable hosts, all the way up to the executive team. You guys are pros and, of course, I will miss my EVINE customers the most.”

Somers was a vendor on HSN for many years before exiting that network and coming to Evine.

In her Facebok post she said, “While it’s the end of this chapter for me at EVINE, all of my product lines are still available at and I hope you will register on my web site to stay up-to-date on exciting new announcements:…/subscribe-to-my-email-list.Love,Suzanne.

Home shopping networks do very well in the beauty category, and Evine has added some popular brands such as Skinn and Consulte Beaute, which may have pushed Somers out. But that’s just speculation on our part.

How QVC Says It’s Cutting Down On Returns

December 26, 2013

Belated Merry Christmas, folks! HSN is doing 24 hours of jewelry clearance today, which is tempting even for those of us who rang up our charge cards shopping for the holidays.

We were so busy it has taken us a few days to blog about a Wall Street Journal story earlier this week, one where QVC stuck its two cents in.

The Journal article, “Rampant Returns Plague E-Retailers,” described how online retailers are using their data on orders to try to cut down on returns. As many of us know from personal experience, one way that QVC and other home shopping networks try to reduce returns is by threatening to cut off shoppers who return too much merchandise, despite the channels’ 30-day-unconditional return policies.

QVC didn’t talk about that little fact in the story.

Instead, the No. 1 home shopping channel told The Journal that in some cases it is emailing customers after they get their products to explain how to put them together and use them. QVC’s return rate has been on the rise. The article said that QVC’s returns bumped up to 19.4 percent of gross product revenue last year from 18.9 percent in 2010.

The Journal said that QVC recently “began sending customers post-purchase emails with instructional videos on, say, how to put a vacuum cleaner together or the best ways to style a scarf.”

The story goes on to report that when the home shopping network noticed a high return rate for the $295 Nu-FACE Trinity face-toning device, it sent customers an email with a video on how to use the item.

Returns on QVC’s version of ShopHQ vendor Suzanne Somers’ FaceMaster plummeted 30 percent, eliminating returns of an estimated $55,000 worth of product, according to The Journal.

We still find that a more interesting story would have been on the “you-return-too-much-you-can’t-shop-anymore-with-us” strategy of home shopping nets.

ShopHQ Vendor Suzanne Somers Has Another Bestseller

October 10, 2013

Controversial actress-entrepreneur-author-ShopHQ vendor Suzanne Somers has another bestselling book on her hands.

The blonde actress’s new tome, “I’m Too Young For This! The Natural Hormone Solution To Enjoy Perimenopause,” debuts on The New York Times bestseller list.

Here is part of the description of the book:

Why are so many young women in their thirties and forties feeling like PMS is their new normal? On a roller-coaster ride of emotions, they are uncharacteristically cranky and fatigued — a bitchy, nasty, fuzzy-minded person they barely recognize and don’t enjoy (and neither, by the way, do their partners and families).

Best-selling author Suzanne Somers

Best-selling author Suzanne Somers

It’s perimenopause, that lesser-known term defining the years when women’s hormones are kissing them good-bye, before they reach menopause. Perimenopause takes a big toll on women’s moods, health, and relationships.

Suzanne informs women as young as 35 what to do when they start to experience hormonal shifts that wreak havoc on their lives, prime them for cancer and other chronic and deadly health issues, and make them feel plain miserable. She discusses:

* The minor hormones (or why you’re feeling so crappy)

* The major hormones and the importance of maintaining balance among them

* How hormones serve as protection against many of the diseases of aging

* BHRT—bioidentical hormone replacement therapy—and what the research really says about synthetics vs. bioidenticals

* The safety of bioidentical hormones—why few women would turn down an antibiotic to save their life, but they might decline a hormone that could prevent a deadly heart attack

* Informative study results like these: In 1996, the American Cancer Society published a study of 422,373 postmenopausal women who were cancer free at the beginning of the nine-year study. They found that women of all ages who took estrogens experienced a 16 percent decreased risk of dying from breast cancer, compared to nonusers, and that women who experienced natural menopause by the age of 40 and who used bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) had a 41 percent decreased chance of dying from breast cancer.

Somers has a history of butting heads with medical experts over her beliefs about using natural methods to fight diseases such as cancer.

In fact, in her recent blog she defends the experts quoted in her book and reacts to a negative New York Times story on hormone replacement, which she says isn’t fair and balanced.

Somers is certainly a polarizing figure.

Herkimer Diamonds: ShopNBC Versus HSN

March 24, 2013

For the first time in a long while, we spent a lot of time in front of the boob tube tuned to ShopNBC Thursday and Friday for its Gem Day festivities, and we caught a bit of jewelry doyenne Judith Ripka on QVC last night.

Actually, we were pleasantly surprised at the assortment of goodies that the Three Amigos — Jersey Boy Chuck Clemency, Paul Deasy and Michael V. (we’re to tired to look up the right spelling on his name) — trotted out for the Minnesota home shopping venue.

Deasy really got in our good graces by pulling two Herkimer diamond necklaces out of his bag of tricks. HSN vendor Deb Guyot brought a Herkimer necklace to that home shopping network as a TS some months back, and we are wearing it as we write. Apparently, she doesn’t have an exclusive on the market.

Paul Deasy not wearing his tan jacket

Paul Deasy not wearing his tan jacket

Herkimer diamonds, quartz crystals that come to points at both ends, are supposed to be powerful spiritually, helping foster creativity and opening a shitload of chakras. The stones come from Herkimer County in Upstate New York, which was in the news last week when a crazed gunman killed some innocent folk up there.

Guyot’s Herkimer diamond necklaces for HSN are 5 mm, at 18 1/2 and 24 inches for $280 and $370, respectively.

On ShopNBC Deasy offered just the 18 inch length, but had two different widths, 5 mm and 6 mm. His necklaces, non-Gem Day priced now, are $358 and $418.|165&prop=Gem%20Insider|1519&icid=DN-_-JEWELRY-_-GemInsider

Deasy, a home shopping vet who is married to another home shopping vet, Judy Crowell, is a delight to watch. He made a lot of self-deprecating jokes about his clothes and his need to get one of Suzanne Somers’ Face Masters. He and Judy are lucky to have found each other.

ShopNBC’s Suzanne Somers Kicks Off Morning Talk Show Wednesday

September 26, 2012

Controversial entrepreneur, best-selling author and ShopNBC vendor Suzanne Somers has another gig to add to her resume: morning talk show host.

Somers, now 65, tomorrow, Wednesday, is launching a daily program, “The Suzanne Show,” that airs at 7 a.m. on Lifetime Television, The New York Post reported last weekend.

Suzanne Somers

“It’s exactly what I love doing; providing cutting-edge health information wrapped in glamour and entertainment,” the perennial blond bombshell told The Post.

Somers’ controversial advocacy of alternative medicine has won her a lot of critics, that’s for sure. In fact, that’s why Somers has taken an unusual path to get her show on the air. Typically, producers will cut a deal to do a show for a TV network, or will syndicate their program, so that it airs on TV stations across the country.

But Somers, suspecting that her edgy opinions would turn off advertisers, decided to purchase time on Lifetime and then find sponsors herself. She told The Post that to her surprise, there was an overflow of advertisers interested.

Somers is a longtime home shopping network vendor who spent many years hawking her diet and health food, exercise gear, makeup and apparel on HSN before moving over to ShopNBC.

Suzanne Somers’ FaceMaster Reminds Us of QVC’s NuFace Toning Device

August 7, 2012

So Suzanne Somers wasn’t so crazy after all.

Years ago, and for years, Somers was hawking a FaceMaster, a device that she said she swore by. She sold it on HSN and on her new home-shopping home, ShopNBC. The platinum version is about $168 right now on

You would put some gel on your face, and then use this little electronic device that had two prongs. You would put those prongs on different parts of your face, and the electric current was supposed to tone your facial muscles, firming your face.

Suzanne Somers

We’re sure some scoffed at this device, and we actually ordered it once. Then we never even opened the box.

Flash forward to August 2012, QVC. The No. 1 home shopping network’s Today’s Special Value Monday was the NuFace At-Home Microcurrent Facial Toning Device and Gel, for 200-plus greenbacks. It has two prongs that you hold on your face.

The item sold out, but here is what said about it:

What is it: Five minutes to a new face! The FDA-cleared NuFACE Trinity is a non-invasive facial toning device that uses microcurrent technology to deliver both immediately visible and long-term results. It has an ergonomic design with easy-to-use push buttons and a charging cradle, making it easy to achieve beautiful results in just minutes a day. Use it to treat the forehead, eyebrow, under-eye area, cheeks, jaw line, and jowls.

Included with the device are two units of NuFACE Gel Primer, which is non-staining, non-allergenic, odorless, water-soluble, and safe for ultra-sensitive skin. The gel is formulated to deliver optimal results during microcurrent treatment.

Who is it for: Anyone looking for a cutting-edge solution to improve facial tone while maintaining an overall more vibrant appearance.

Why is it different: Battery-operated NuFACE Trinity uses microcurrent technology, the same technology aesthetic professionals use. This gentle, low-level electrotherapy effectively stimulates skin to promote a more toned appearance. It will not contract muscles and when used correctly feels soothing and mild. The device automatically measures your skin’s conductivity and regulates microcurrent impulse for optimal performance. Continual use is encouraged for long-term results.

In a clinical study, within 60 days 85% of users experienced improvements in facial contour and 73% of users experienced improvements in facial tone.

How do I use it: Cleanse the face and apply NuFACE Gel Primer to areas being treated. Glide the device over the natural contours of your face for an instantly visible lift. Treatment takes five minutes a day when doing basic treatment, however you may use the device every day for up to 20 minutes.

Here is what says about the FaceMaster:

“This is like taking your face to the gym. The results are absolutely amazing. You get the instructional DVD. It’s like taking me in your bathroom.” — Suzanne Somers

With the desire to look their very best, women from every corner of the world have made it a personal mission to find the most effective solutions to the challenge of looking younger.

The medical and technical team behind the revolutionary creation of FaceMaster have compiled years of research on how FaceMaster, with Advanced “Wave” Technology, can deliver affordable and beautiful results without invasive procedures.


New sleek, efficient design allows for ease of use, portable, easy storage and stability
Contains a proprietary, specialized bi-phase symmetric square wave waveform specifically designed for optimal face muscle toning

LCD display makes the FaceMaster easy to use intensity selector, program selector, feathering program and optional beeper

Two Hand Wands enhances effectiveness and customization for all procedures

Does anyone see any similarities? We’re not saying that Nu-Face did anything wrong, but its device seems to operating very much on the same science as Somers’ FaceMaster does.