Inside the Bubble ~ Presenters Get Thousands of Dollars Worth of Goodies
You know the old adage? The more you have, the more you get? Celebrities, who can afford to buy just about whatever their little hearts desire out of their own bulging bank accounts, get thousands of dollars in special freebies for presenting at awards shows and/or just showing up at charity events.
This year's Daytime Emmy's was no different. After dress rehearsal on Thursday afternoon, April 27th, presenters were escorted to the Gift Lounge, produced by On 3 Productions, where they enjoyed special pampering behind the scenes, and rolled away with Kipling’s Coast Tote & Las Vegas Trolley filled with nearly $40,000 of goodies.
Yup. You heard right. A big, fat $40K in freebies.
But fear not. The stars were indeed grateful for the windfall and had the following comments regarding some of their gifts ---
Chantelle Lingerie Essential T-Shirt Bra & Tanga with Swarovski Crystals:
Jack Wagner (Nick, B&B) said he’s been looking for the underwear in Hawaii and hopes to find someone to give it to, soon. Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH and co-host of the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmys) shyly hesitated when asked her size. Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) picked up an all black set with Swarovski crystals for his girlfriend. McKenzine Westmore (Sheridan, PAS), in her last month of pregnancy, chose to give hers to her sister.
SAM’S CLUB Luxury Gift Collection which included a 1-Year Membership to SAM’S CLUB, Don Perignon Champagne, Two Dozen Long Stem Roses, a Wine Country Explorer Package for Two, a Philips GoGear 6GB MP3 Player w/ Colored LCD, a Kodak V530 Digital Camera, Channellock Mechanic’s Tool Set, Samsung Digital Audio Player, a 7” Magnavox Portable DVD Player & more:
Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC), shopping hand-in-hand with sweetheart, Alexa Havins (Babe, AMC), returned to his roots, letting us know he was a former Wal-Mart employee on the graveyard shift. He’s now excited to return as a card-carrying member. Ty Treadway (co-host,SoapTalk), who shared some fun moments with co-host, Lisa Rinna in the Gift Lounge, calls it the $300 club, ‘cause he never leaves the store spending less.
Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry:
Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH; co-host 33rd Annual Daytime Emmys) scooped up an Anne Koplik vintage inspired necklace with matching earrings for the stage. Emma Samms (Holly, GH), on her way back to England, said she’d be wearing the Anne Koplik necklace she picked out on the plane. (Before heading back to England Saturday morning, she stopped into OnSunset to redeem her $200 gift certificate from the Gift Bag!) Natalia Livingston (Emily, GH) wanted to take her time looking through the Anne Koplik collection, she brought a cup of tea with her. Alexa Havins (Babe, AMC) shown here with Anne Koplik, chose a cross necklace to add to the growing collection started when her hubby, Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC), who presented at last year’s Daytime Emmys, surprised her with a special vintage inspired Anne Koplik necklace he hand picked for her backstage in the Gift Lounge.
Stars received the gift of “digital bliss” from Riptopia – with a gift certificate to have 1,000 of their favorite CDs downloaded to their Ipod or MP3 player. The folks at Riptopia asked the stars which artists would be first on their playlists and their responses are very telling. We now know who likes what kind of music. Check this out:
Rachael Raye (30-Minute Meals): Foo Fighters, Tom Jones, U2
Elizabeth Hasselback (The View): Jacks Johnson, Ken Filarski, LL Cool J
Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC): Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion
Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL): Rod Stewart, Melissa Etheridge, Windham Hill
Maura West (Carly, ATWT): Bob Dylan, The Beatles, John Denver
Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC): Jackson Browne, Meatloaf, Bruce Springsteen
Jacob Young (JR, AMC): Billy Joel, Michael Bouble, Stevie Wonder
Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R): Coldplay, Greenday, U2
Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC): Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac
Invicta Watches hot new Espadon collection:
Who says size doesn't matter? Tiny Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) likes them big! She opted for the larger men’s version in orange with a round face. Tony Geary (Luke, GH) loves his watch from last year’s Daytime Emmys so much so, that he incorporates it into his Luke Spencer character’s on-set wardrobe. Expect to see “Luke” donning this latest Invicta watch soon!
UnderCoverWear spa products:
Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC) and Alexa Havins (Babe, AMC), self-admitted “product-addicts,” couldn’t wait to get home to try out the UnderCoverWear Soy Candle (which they chose in “Skinny Dip”), that when heated up, acts as a moisturizing massage oil. Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) loved UnderCoverWear’s face products, noting they’d come in handy as he’s getting older. Jack Wagner (Nick, B&B) slathered the wrinkle cream on “on-the-spot” and joked that he’d need tons of it. McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, PAS) stocked-up on some UnderCoverWear Shae Butter Body Butter for her “baby bump." Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH) said he needs to find a girlfriend to use the products with. Elizabeth Hasselback (The View) loved that the UnnderCoverWear collection is created in her hometown of Boston. Joy Behar (The View) said that unless Aladdin jumped out of the UnderCoverWear Soy Candle, which doubles as a moisturizing massage oil, no one would would be massaging her!
Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley:
Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC) who redeemed his certificate for LASIK eye surgery with laser eye surgeon to the stars, Dr. Gary Kawesch, after last year’s Daytime Emmys, expressed that it was the best thing he ever did, and would love to convince his wife, Alexa Havins (Babe), to take Dr. Gary Kawesch up on the same offer this year!
TreasureKnit.com had the stars all wrapped up in their custom color photo blankets:
Joy Behar (The View) plans to give her color photo blanket customized by TreasureKnit with a photo of Joy, to her husband, and declared “that’s all the sex he’s gonna get." Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) said the color photo blankets were a perfect gift and that she’d be getting one made with a photo of her sons Dylan and Cash. Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC) and Alexa Havins (Babe, AMC), who wrapped themselves up in a color photo blanket that had a photo from their honeymoon woven in, noted they will also get one made of their cat “Shadow.”
2(x)ist men’s loungewear:
Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH; co-host 33rd Annual Daytime Emmys) and Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) stocked-up on red 2(x)ist tank tops, proving it’s no longer just a favorite of the boys. Jack Wagner (Nick, B&B) says 2(x)ist is his favorite to work out in. When asked the all important ‘boxers or briefs’ question, stars, including Emmy's co-host Tom Bergeron, went for the short briefs. Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) said they’re his favorite undies, adding “they’re like WonderBra’s for men”!
Mary Kay Cosmetics gift collection:
Brie Williamson (Tessica, OLTL) took the Red Sky lipstick to help get Red Carpet ready Friday night. Joy Behar (The View), a big fan of the brushes, requested a set. Lisa Rinna (co-host SoapTalk) loves the waterproof mascara, perfect for crying “on-cue” all day on the set. Alicia Minshaw (Kendall, AMC) said she grew up using the line and still loves it today. Rachael Ray (30-Minute Meals) stopped by Mary Kay for a quick touch up and pointers on putting her best face forward on the Red Carpet Friday night.
Kipling Las Vegas Trolley:
Stars simply rolled the gift collection, valued at over $40,000, out of the Gift Lounge and onto the plane! Elizabeth Hasselback (The View) was spotted guarding the Kipling suitcase filled with her goodies as she waited for her car outside the Renaissance hotel Saturday morning, while Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) noted she loved her Kipling trolley so much from last year’s Daytime Emmys, it’s what she packed in to travel to the show this year!
Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) scooped up not one, but 6, of these fun and stylish new time-telling travel mugs!
Dana Classic Fragrances – Love’s Baby Soft:
Stars including Lisa Rinna (co-host SoapTalk) remembered the familiar scent of Love’s Baby Soft, and also recalled her mom used to wear Tabu, another timeless scent from Dana Classic Fragrances.
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