Are daytime stars dim bulbs?
If a Hollywood star's wattage is measured by the quality of the swag (diamonds, luxury vacations, designer jeans, free phones, and plasma screen TVs) they receive at awards show gifting suites, then the stars of daytime TV have dim bulbs indeed.
Daytime Emmy Awards nominees and presenters - including Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Lisa Rinna, Vivica Fox and Elmo - who visited the official Talent Gift Lounge at the Kodak Theatre this week, walked away with beach bags from the very friendly Kmart representatives. Kmart?
The goodie bags held bottles of blowing bubbles; cable knit throws from Levitz (?!); and the new, "younger" versions of Love's Baby Soft and English Leather also available at your nearby drugstore.
The really big stars, like Barbara, probably scored some "antique-inspired" crystal jewelry or colorful flip-flops festooned with beads and bows. Every visitor, however, was more than welcome to a tin of chocolate-covered Altoids.
What, no Costco memberships?
To see the Daytime Emmy's high - and low - fashion moments, click here.
Photo Credits: Even Barbara and Joy look a bit unimpressed by the Daytime Freebies. But perhaps "the Nazi" could use this boxing glove on "Grey's Anatomy" to keep those darn interns in line.
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Intrepid reporting by Samantha Bonar
For the inside scoop on who got what and why and what they said about their On3 Gift Lounge gifts, keep reading...
After tasting a few flavors of the NutriSystem dessert bars, Eva Larue (CSI: Miami) decided her favorite was the lemon blueberry bar. "Instead of going to craft services, I'd rather throw this in my bag and stay on track" Morgan Fairchild said she needs to lose a last five pesky pounds and she'd love to try NutriSystem, "but I need to get my boyfriend on it too. I wouldn't want to be eating something different than him at dinner."
While stopping by the NutriSystem station in the On 3 Gift Lounge backstage at the Daytime Emmys, Brandon Beemer (DOOL) learned that Joey Fatone got into rock solid shape on the NutriSystem plan. "That's how he lost the weight? He was big, but he looks great now!"
Elisabeth Hasselbeck said that between her and her friend they had just about every Vera Bradley bag there is. "If things don't work out at THE VIEW, maybe I could work at Vera Bradley." Genie Francis took one look at Vera Bradley's unique handkerchief-patterned rolling suitcase and said, "I'd love to carry these at my shop in Maine."
Marcy Barlett (GL) snagged a Vera Bradley red rolling duffle for her mother, who was her date at the Daytime Emmys on her birthday. A big day for Mom! Austin Peck (ATWT) said he expected a catfight between his Mom and wife over the handkerchief-patterned rolling suitcase he picked up before rehearsing his award presentation. Martha Madison (DOOL) picked up a chic new watch from Invicta for her fiancÃ©. "He can give it to his best man as a groom's gift."
Lisa Rinna blasted through the gift lounge a few hours before the show, picking up a big black leather bag from SL McFadin and a square faced Invicta watch. After rushing through a late rehearsal, she didn't have tons of time to shop. "I haven't got a stitch of makeup on! I've got to get ready for this thing!"
Everlast's selection of workout clothes knocked out Morgan Fairchild who said that she was familiar with the brand from working on a TV Movie about boxing with Erik Estrada and it was all he wore. She then tied on some pink gloves and put up her dukes to grapple with Phil Donahue.
Mackenzie Mauzy (B&B) loved the Everlast workout gear she grabbed at the On 3 Gift Lounge backstage at the Daytime Emmys. She loves to start her day with a fierce kick boxing class.
Vivica A Fox signed Everlast's pink boxing gloves in support of breast cancer research. She already has a red pair signed by the Great One himself, Mohammed Ali.
Fox also has a luxurious birthday planned in Turks and Caicos. She likes to travel in style - car service, tropical paradise, sexy poolboys...and the Desert Essence Organics coconut lotion she tucked in her gift bag. Alex Trebek's wife is really into 'green living', so he grabbed a bunch of Desert Essence Organics products for her. American Idol's Constantine Maroulis loved the zesty scent of Desert Essence Organics towelettes and said they'd be great for removing his makeup.
A busy Chandra Wilson put in a full day rehearsing to host Soapnet's red carpet show. She made time to shop the gift lounge backstage, but maybe didn't have lunch. After checking out Desert Essence's organic products, she said, "These scents are making me hungry!" Alex Trebek was eager to try his basketful of Purpose skin care products after learning that it's dermatologist-recommended. "My wife and I practically have a dermatologist on staff at our house."
Kim Zimmer (GL) was hearing such great things about Purpose Gentle Cleansing wash in the Gift Lounge that she said she wished there was a sink right there so she could wash off her makeup.
Peter Bergman(Y&R) got nostalgic as he smelled the English Leather Black fragrance, "My first job in the business was an English Leather commercial." Eva La Rue picked out a gift for her fashion forward five year old - a set of Love's Baby Soft products.
Betty White said that checking out the selection of Anne Koplik Designs was 'better than being a kid in a candy shop'. Kim Zimmer said she picked up some Anne Koplik earrings at the Daytime Emmy Gift Lounge a couple of years ago. "I get compliments on them every time I wear them."
Jerry Springer picked out a butterfly necklace from Anne Koplik for his wife - for their anniversary which is 6/16/07...noting the "butterfly" has special meaning to them both. Too much information! Martha Madison (DOOL) picked out Anne Koplik earrings to wear at her wedding. She was thrilled to have that decision behind her.Stars like Chandra Wilson and Nadja Bjorlin might be spotted on the Red Carpet this year, donning their new earrings from Anne Koplik, Chandra sported the designer's earrings last year!
Tony Geary is going to take his black leather embellished SL McFadin duffle bag on his next trip to Amsterdam. Peter Bergman is going to use the SL McFadin distressed tan leather duffel to carry his scripts and work out clothes back and forth to work. Genie Francis plans to place a big order in the fall for her home furnishings store in Maine.
Brandon Beemer (DOOL) sang the well-known Levitz jingle (You'll love it at Levitz) and said he was thrilled with his gift certificate because he just bought a new house and needs to furnish it. Austin Peck just moved into a new place. It couldn't be a more perfect time to add some new furniture from Levitz.
Vivica A Fox tried on a blinged out pair of wedges and said, "Sparkle is my middle name." Chandra Wilson loved her new Jamie Kreitman crystal embellished "pirate" wedge flip flops, she wore them right out of the Gift Lounge! Bet she didn't put those on the pre-show's Shoe Cam!