Blog Posts by Jennifer Abbey

  • QVC Guest Host Cassie Slane Faints on Live TV

    QVC host Dan Hughes proved Sunday night that no matter what happens on live television, you should just keep on selling.

    Shortly after guest host Cassie Slane came on QVC to promote a kid-friendly tablet Sunday, she began patting her chest and appeared to stop breathing, a YouTube video shows. As Slane appeared to pass out into host Hughes' arms, QVC cut to a full-screen shot of the product and Hughes kept talking, making no mention of Slane's distress.

    It is unclear what exactly happened to her, but Slane, a mother of three, posted on her Facebook page Monday, "I am feeling alot better today!"

    "Our on-air guest Cassie had a brief fainting spell. We are pleased to report that she is feeling fine now," QVC responded to a fan on its Facebook page.

    Fellow QVC host Carolyn Gracie responded to a fan on her Facebook page, saying, "She had a couple of fainting spells due to low blood sugar. Poor thing. She is such a nice girl."

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  • Patrick Swayze's Widow Lisa Niemi Is Dating Again

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    Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi has found love again.

    Niemi, 56, is dating jeweler Albert DePrisco, her rep confirmed to People magazine. The pair met through a mutual friend at a birthday party for Niemi. Niemi's rep said the relationship is "new and they're taking it slow."

    Niemi was by her husband's side when he died in September 2009 after battling pancreatic cancer. In October 2011, she unveiled his wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. The couple was married for 34 years.

    In 2010, Niemi told People, "I know I'm stronger now. The fact that I've had some good days definitely gives me hope that I can have more."

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  • Girl Reunited With Stolen Puppy After Offering Her Piggy Bank as Reward

    A 10-year-old girl who offered everything in her piggy bank to get her 5-month-old puppy Meeko back finally got her wish.

    Marissa Mabanag was reunited Thursday with Meeko, her shih tzu-yorkie mix, after a woman spotted the puppy in a Walmart parking lot in Los Banos, Calif., more than 100 miles from the family's San Jose, Calif., home. Blanca Del Real came forward, saying a woman gave her the puppy after finding it wandering around in the parking lot, according to ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.

    "I just found him and I don't know whose he is," said Del Real.

    Meeko was stolen from Mabanag's home on Monday along with thousands of dollars worth of electronics. Despite all the goods that were missing, it was Meeko that weighted heavily on the minds of the Mabanag family. Mabanag issued a public plea for help in locating her lost pup.

    "Thank you to everybody who made this happen," said Mabanag Thursday. "I can't believe he is in my arms."

    In June, Meeko was a surprise for

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  • Girl, 10, Offers Piggy Bank For Stolen Puppy

    (Courtesy Mabanag Family)A 10-year-old girl who is offering everything in her piggy bank to get her 5-month-old puppy Meeko back may get her wish.

    Burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Mabanags' San Jose, Calif., home Monday, but all 10-year-old Marissa Mabanag wants back is her shih tzu-yorkie mix puppy, Meeko. The family received a call Thursday morning that someone may have spotted the pup.

    "I'm begging from a mother's heart to bring our puppy back to my daughter," Marissa's mother, Marie Mabanag told "That was a piece of her heart that is missing. It was an unnecessary pain to go through. We don't care about anything else. It's just the puppy for her."

    Mabanag said Marissa is devastated over not having her puppy. In the short time that they've had him, the fifth grader has taught him tricks and takes care of him almost completely on her own. Mabanag tries to keep her busy to take her mind off of it, but Marissa spends most of her days staring at

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  • Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj 'Idol' Feud Heats Up With Gun Reports

    (Image Credit: Michael Becker/FOX)"American Idol" judge Mariah Carey says multiple people heard fellow judge Nicki Minaj say, "If I had a gun, I would shoot the b***h" after launching a curse-filled rant at Carey during an "Idol" audition, Barbara Walters said on "The View" today after interviewing Carey.

    Carey told Walters, who conducted the interview this morning before the show, that she "doesn't feel comfortable emotionally" but will continue with the show and has hired extra security.

    Carey, 42, told Walters the altercation between the judges began when they disagreed on a contestant's audition Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

    The judges had a meeting with producers Wednesday to discuss the altercation. After the meeting, Minaj told Carey, "I love you but we might fight again," to which Carey responded, "No, we will not," Walters said.

    Minaj's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    But in a tweet this afternoon, Minaj said, "Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about

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  • 'Saved by the Bell' Star Lark Voorhies has Bipolar Disorder, Mom Says

    (Credit: Spark)Lark Voorhies, who rose to fame as fashionable teen Lisa Turtle in the 90's sitcom "Saved by the Bell," has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to the actress' mother.

    In an interview taped for Yahoo! this spring that quickly went viral, Voorhies talks about her current projects and her days playing Lisa Turtle on "Saved by the Bell." But her ashy makeup and staring off while stumbling through her answers caught a good amount of attention.

    After the video hit, People magazine conducted a series of interviews with the 38-year-old, and reported that while speaking with the interviewer she would stop mid-sentence and stare off while mumbling to herself. The magazine refers to the Jehovah's Witness actress' recent past as a "sad spiral."

    Lark's mother Tricia, who was also interviewed, told People that she is had been diagnosed as bipolar, a disorder where individuals alternate between mania and depression.

    "There are things that have traumatized her," Tricia, 64,

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  • It's a Girl for Drew Barrymore

    (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)It's a girl for Drew Barrymore.

    The "Big Miracle" star and her husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Olive, Sept. 26.

    "We are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Olive Barrymore Kopelman, born September 26th, healthy, happy and welcomed by the whole family," the couple's rep said in a statement to People magazine. "Thank you for respecting our privacy during this most special time in our lives."

    The couple wed at Barrymore's Montecito, Calif., home June 2. Wedding photos showed Kopelman clutching Barrymore's pregnant belly. The actress was recently spotted around Los Angeles with a growing bump and attending prenatal yoga classes.

    Barrymore has been vocal about her desire to have lots of children.

    "I can't wait until I have my children," Barrymore told Haute Living in August. "I love the idea that they don't have to do something that they have no interest in, that they can do something completely opposite if they want to. I

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  • '90210' Star Opens Up About Sex Abuse Past

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    AnnaLynne McCord, who once acted out a rape scene on her hit show "90210," recently revealed that she had once been sexually assaulted.

    McCord opened up about the incident at the Life is Love event in Los Angeles on Sept. 22. The event benefited the Somaly Mam Foundation which works to end modern day human trafficking and empower victims.

    "Has anyone ever been raped? Sexually abused? Not said 'no' when you felt you didn't have the right to?" the "90210? star said during a speech at the event. "I know what it feels like."

    McCord, 25, told Us Weekly after the event that she had been in a "similar experience to what these girls go through 20 times a night."

    "It happened to me once by somebody that I knew, and it is a very interesting thing to feel that you do not have the voice to say 'no,'" McCord told the mag. "It wasn't an attack or anything like that. I just had no voice. I did not know how to say, 'I don't want this. Please do not do this to me.'"

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  • Kelly Osbourne Doesn't Regret $250K Emmy Manicure

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    Kelly Osbourne assured her Twitter followers on Thursday that she did not regret sporting a $250,000 manicure at the 2012 Emmys even though it offended some of her fans.

    The E! star tweeted an apology for wearing the expensive mani that consists of 267-carats of black diamonds and was created by jeweler Azature.

    "I see that my nail polish has offended some of you, however I see your point, but it was a once in a lifetime experience. #MyApologizes," the 'Fashion Police' co-host tweeted Sept. 26. "And please forgive me for not regretting it. it made me feel like a queen!"

    Osbourne, 27, also assured fans that the $250,000 mani was free for her.

    "No I did not pay for it. I was just lucky enough to be the one that got picked to wear it," she tweeted.

    "I have a big mouth & i know it! I just don't like knowing that I have unintentionally offended anyone! If its intentional I dont give a S***," she said.

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  • Lady Gaga, After 'Body Revolution,' Struts in Skimpy Outfits

    (Splash News)Two days after starting the "Body Revolution" movement on her site,, Lady Gaga opted for tight, skimpy outfits to show off her body at her concert in Zurich, Switzerland.

    The singer has been criticized lately for gaining weight but she confidently wore a low cut, thong body suit and fishnet tights during the concert, only briefly covering up with a jacket and t-shirt.

    Gaga launched the "Body Revolution" section on Sept. 25 to "inspire bravery" and "celebrate with us your 'perceived flaws.'"

    She also posted a picture of herself, eyes closed, wearing a bra and panties, with the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15." She's encouraging her fans to do the same.

    "Hey Guys its Gaga," she wrote. "Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities."

    The 26-year-old pop star made headlines last week after photos of her performing in Amsterdam showed her

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