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ShopNBC Host Dave King Exits Home Shopping Net For Cali

September 3, 2013

ShopNBC host, and QVC veteran, Dave King is exiting the Minnesota-based home shopping network.

We’re not sure on all the B-roll, but we think King was traveling back and forth from the No. 3 home shopping network to Cali a lot to pursue his acting career. He is now going to try acting full-time.

ShopNBC host Dave King is leaving to do his acting thang. Here he is with girlfriend Jenny Repko.

ShopNBC host Dave King is leaving to do his acting thang. Here he is with girlfriend Jenny Repko.

It looks like he is moving to California permanently. His real-life leading lady is QVC vet Jenny Repko.

On Facebook Monday, King posted a picture of his now-empty place in Minnesota.

“Last day in Minnie…. Closed up Shop this weekend. Last shift tonight at midnight… But I’ll be back as a guest from time to time…. Totally lovin’ the acting life! More on that to come… Stay tuned – literally!!” he wrote.

Good luck in Cali, Dave.

Kennedy Folo, Audrey Hepburn Jewelry Line Coming To QVC

August 20, 2013

We figured we’d wait awhile and let the dust settle until we did a follow-up on the New York Post’s item skewering QVC for selling “tacky” jewelry based on pieces that Jacqueline Kennedy owned.

To refresh your memory, the Post’s Page Six gossip column reported that that Kennedy daughter Caroline believed that the jewelry line was exploiting her deceased mom. The item said that the collection’s manufacturer, Camrose & Kross of Boonton, N.J., had been asked to say a disclaimer on-air that the line was not endorsed by the Kennedy family or the John F. Kennedy Library.

We learned plenty after writing that blog. Many thanks to those who took the time to write long posts about your experience with, and love of, the collection sold on QVC. We learned a lot from you all.

Most agreed with us that the collection was tastefully presented by its on-air rep, Phil Katz, who offers the fascinating history behind the Jackie jewelry pieces that are being replicated. Readers said that the line was actually an homage to Jackie.

Other readers pointed us to video clips that showed the line’s representative, Katz, saying the disclaimer recently on QVC. Another person posted that she remembered Katz saying that the line had been sanctioned by the Kennedy family.

Other reader noted that crosses, our favorites in the line, had been discontinued at Caroline’s request. That same reader also pointed out that Katz said at one point that his company was no longer allowed to reproduce state gifts received by Mrs. Kennedy during the her White House years.

The Post chided QVC for selling costume-jewelry duplicates of Jackie’s stuff, and readers pointed out that Jackie in fact wore fashion jewelry, including a very famous three-strand necklace of fake pearls.

One of our friends blasted Caroline for, with all her wealth, trying to crack down on this jewelry line. Caroline is, in fact, quite rich. Page Six did an item Monday that reported that Caroline, nominated as ambassador to Japan, had to filed financial documents that show she is worth from $250 million to $500 million.

Our savvy and knowledgeable readers also tipped us off that Katz earlier this month said that his company is bringing an Audrey Hepburn jewelry line to QVC soon. The jewelry will apparently be based on pieces that the actress (a Taurus like us) had in her collection. We look forward to that.

JTV Caps Diamond Month With Finale On Our Birthday, April 28

April 19, 2013

April is Diamond Month, and even more importantly, it’s our birthday month.

Jewelry Television has been featuring diamonds all month, with the grand finale set for April 28 — our birthday! Holla for Taurus.

“There will be diamonds of every shape and color available online and on TV,” a JTV spokeswoman told us.

JTV blue diamonds

JTV blue diamonds

Now, we hate to throw a water balloon on JTV’s parade, but we don’t dig the quality of its while diamonds. We don’t expect flawless diamonds for bargain prices, but we don’t want cloudy ones, either. But the network’s colored diamonds look OK.

“Many consumers don’t realize that diamonds come in every color of the rainbow,” Natalie Parman, JTV’s vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “JTV’s diamond month finale will be full of color featuring unique blue, champagne, cognac and chocolate diamonds alongside traditional white diamonds.”

More blue diamonds

More blue diamonds

According to JTV, the top trends in diamond jewelry include diamond earrings in numerous shapes and colors, as well as diamond cross and heart pendants.

“The hottest trend is blue diamonds,” Parman said. “Our customers clamor for any piece of jewelry featuring blue diamonds.”

Diamonds are known as one of the hardest substances in the world and are still the number No. 1 choice to signify love and commitment. Diamonds are also the traditional birthstone for the month of April. Yes indeed, it is our birthstone.

“Jewelry Television’s diamond buyers canvas the globe searching for the best buys on diamonds,” the network said in a press release. “JTV’s vast international network and purchasing power allow the network to offer a diamond selection difficult to find at traditional jewelry retailers.”

Veteran QVC Host Lisa Mason, At The Network 15 Years, Is Leaving Next Week

December 10, 2010

Longtime QVC host Lisa Mason, one of our favorites, is leaving the home shopping network next week. Mason, who we never knew was an Emmy winner, joined QVC in 1995.

We first heard of her exit on a home shopping forum, and then read Mason’s Facebook page, which is sending her fans to her website,

Lisa Mason won't be around to tell us about Gino anymore

She posted this blog on it Thursday:

Please join me on December the 14th at 5 p.m. as I say goodbye to my QVC life. I love you like crazy and will see you very, very soon!! I will have other things I would like to share with you on the 15th of December on this website. God Bless You and Happy, Happy Holidays!!! P.S. Gino sends his love.

Gino, by the way, is Mason’s husband, a big Samoan former personal trainer that she often mentioned on the air. They live in Manhattan and Mason would commute to West Chester, Pa., which is a haul — and a tough way to live, if you ask us.

We always liked Mason because even though she was a Southern bell, she would sometimes make double entendres and had a bit of an edge to her. You could tell that she was a lot hipper than her QVC persona.

She sent a message after we e-mailed her last night. “Hi darlin. I am done on Dec 14! I am leaving because it’s just time! I
have written a little book. It is out in about two months, so that is my project for now.”

First Rick Domeier is an author, and now Mason?

Mason’s homepage has this message:

I’m Lisa Mason. You might recognize me as a host on QVC, the world’s most successful shopping network. But I am also an Emmy award-winning news anchor and producer. I do professional voice-over work and like to write and sing, as well. On this site, you will find samples of my work. Please feel free to take a look.

While I would never call myself a motivational speaker, I do sincerely love public speaking. So if your group needs a chuckle or a bit of up-lifting, I’m your gal. In fact, my last speaking engagement included a portion of a story I wrote. More on that in new projects.

She is apparently looking for a new gig, since one of the tabs on her site is “Hire Me.” Join the club!

Mason said that she enjoyed her QVC tenure, writing:

What a ride! 15-plus years of presenting products and spending time with friends. I have come to love my co-workers as if they were family members. I also have had the chance to travel. Italy, Ireland (twice!) Canada and numerous places around the U.S. I worked with celebrities and cherish their friendships. But the best part of the job…the very best…was interacting with the viewers. The precious people who took the time to spend time with me each day. I will never forget it! I will never forget you!”

Little did we know that Mason had a background in TV news, calling it her “passion,” as her website explains.

Emmy award-winning host and writer Lisa Mason began her news career in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1987. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, Lisa joined the Fox affiliate as weekend news anchor where she remained for two years.

In 1989, Lisa joined PBS as anchor, producer and writer. While there, she anchored the evening newscast and hosted a weekly talk show. During her five year tenure, Lisa wrote and produced several award-winning documentaries. Among them was Faces of Aids for which she received an Emmy Award. The Society of Professional Journalism also honored her for her documentary When Children Kill . In addition, Lisa wrote, hosted and produced The Western Heritage Awards.

We’ll miss you, girlfriend!