Nancy O’Dell, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning “Entertainment Tonight,” is set to host the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, a two-hour entertainment special to be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Monday, July 4 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Previously announced artists for the special include Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Little Big Town, who will perform some of their biggest hits, accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-anchor of the most-watched entertainment news program in the world, “Entertainment Tonight.” Prior to her work at “ET,” she served as the co-host of “Access Hollywood” and was named one of “Television Week’s” “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication.”
With more than 20 years of experience, O’Dell contributes to “CBS This Morning” and is a go-to anchor for live TV specials. She was a special presenter on the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” as well as a host on the “American Country Music Awards.” She hosted the 2016 “Grammy Red Carpet Live Special,” on the Network, as well as the live “Emmys,” “Golden Globes” and “Critics Choice Red Carpet Special” for multiple years. For 16 consecutive years she has hosted the “Tournament of Roses Parade.” She is a member of the Academy of Country Music Awards and was the original host and consulting producer for “Nashville Star,” as well as the host and producer of HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home.” In addition, she has hosted “The NFL Kickoff Special,” “New Year’s Eve Special,” on Fox, “The Kentucky Derby Special,” “The Miss USA Pageant” and “The Miss Universe Pageant.”
O’Dell has been honored with two Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards and has been nominated for several additional Emmys.
After her mother passed away in 2008 from complications related to ALS, O’Dell became a National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as the spokesperson for ALS.net. In August of 2009, MDA, O’Dell and O’Dell’s family formed a foundation in her mother’s name called Betty’s Battle: Fighting ALS. In 2002, O’Dell was inducted into the American Red Cross’s National Celebrity Cabinet and remains in that position today. Also, she acts as an international board member for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, now in its 43rd year, is the orchestra’s annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert. David Mugar, who will also serve as executive producer, founded the event in 1974.
The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR live broadcast will be produced by White Cherry Entertainment, and the live event by Boston 4 Productions. Glenn Weiss, Ricky Kirshner and R.A. Clark will serve as executive producers for the national telecast. The executive producers for Boston 4 Productions are David G. Mugar, Pamela Picard and Rich MacDonald. Michael Mathis of IMG Media and Pamela Picard will produce the local telecast seen on WBZ-TV Boston 8:00-9:00 PM, live ET. Glenn Weiss will direct the network broadcast, and Robin Mishkin Abrams will direct the local broadcast.
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For the first-time ever, CBS will present a 60-minute live red carpet show prior to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and you know what means—you'll be able to feast your eyes on all your favorite stars before Music's Biggest Night® even begins.
The pre-broadcast special—which kicks off live from L.A.'s STAPLES Center on Monday, Feb. 15 at 7e/4p—will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, in addition to CSI: Cyber star Shad "Bow Wow" Moss.
In addition to airing on your local CBS affiliate station and CBS All Access, you can also stream the show through GRAMMY Live one hour before the ceremony starts.
If you're a music, pop-culture, or fashion fanatic, then this red carpet special has your name written all over it!
Don't miss a moment of the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J, when the ceremony is broadcast live on Monday, Feb. 15 at 8e/5p on CBS. The Awards are also available for streaming through CBS All Access.
ET host Nancy O’Dell is a proud alum of Clemson University, and she’s paying tribute to her alma mater -- who will play Alabama for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11 -- with her dress at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
“My Golden Globes dress has an extra special meaning this year,” Nancy explained. “My Clemson Tigers are playing for the National Championship Title the day after the Golden Globes on Jan. 11. I was confident they would be, so I have been planning for a long while on wearing an orange dress to the Globes in support of my alma mater.”
Not only is Nancy's dress Clemson orange, it also features a crystal tiger paw on the skirt! "I designed my last award show dress with Evine, whom I have my clothing line with, so I said I want to do an orange dress this time and with some Tiger paw bling on it!" Nancy said. "I thought they might think I had gone a little crazy, but they were used to my Clemson cheering as I had done it on air many times already!"
"I am probably the biggest Clemson fan on the planet and am constantly touting my Tigers on ET and other TV appearances every chance I get," Nancy added. "I’ve even got many celebrities pulling for the Tigers!"
But despite a long day on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday, Nancy won't be missing the championship game. She'll be there in person!
"I promised my sweet Dad, which is where my entire family's love for Clemson started, that I would take him to the National Championship game if Clemson made it that far!" she revealed, adding that many of her family members attended the school in Clemson, South Carolina. "Dad was the pitcher on the Clemson baseball team, and they won the ACC Championship the first year the ACC conference was in existence. My brother-in-law was on the football team in 1981, the last time Clemson won the national title and I was at that game as a kid! And my nephew is an assistant grad coach on the team currently. My uncle went there, my cousins, their kids, pretty much everyone. Yep, our orange blood runneth deep."
December 31, 2015
ET's Nancy O'Dell and HGTV's stars Jonathan and Drew Scott gave a preview of their epic opener for the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
The reality show duo were dapper as ever for the shoot, going into full 007 mode for the action opener to the parade, which they are co-hosting with Nancy on HGTV.
"This is epic!" Drew told Nancy. "That's why you have to be in it."
"We're like your James Bond," Jonathan added. "And that would make you the Bond girl!"
HGTV's live, commercial-free coverage of Rose Parade 2016 starts New Year's Day at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT.
Nancy O’Dell ON KINDNESS, INCLUSION AND RESPECT, THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS, LOSING HER MOTHER, AND RAISING AWARENESS FOR ALS
Interview: Robert Piper
Robert Piper: What inspires you?
Nancy O’Dell: Well, I just actually spent an entire weekend with the Special Olympics and doing a bunch of stuff with them. I did the opening ceremony, and then I did the “sports experience” yesterday. And so, honestly, I have to say—and [it] sounds predictable—kindness. Because the Special Olympics, like having to see that yesterday, it’s so much about inclusion and respect for people. AndI think that’s another thing that inspires me. I think so many times people forget how important that is. I was with one of the kids yesterday doing the “sports experience,” and after I was done, that athlete was so concerned with the umpire and making sure that we thanked him, and making sure that we included him in the photo. And I was like, isn’t that cool? That Special Olympics is all about inclusion and respect for all people. And making sure that nobody feels left out, and he was so conscious about that. You know, when someone works hard at something like that and they’re kind to people, that’s very inspirational to me.
RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?
NO: The death of my mom, for sure. I still don’t feel like I’ve overcome it all, and I still struggle with it on a daily basis. I mean, we were just really, really close. So, you know, I’ll even think, “Oh, I’m gonna tell Mom that!” and then I realize so often I can’t. Because we would talk every single day, and I was just really close with her and she was just such an incredible mom, and she was there with me every single minute of my life. And so, she passed away from ALS, like two days shy of my daughter turning a year old.
RP: You’re a big advocate for ALS now, right?
NO: I am. I just became the spokesperson for ALS.net. The Ice Bucket Challenge is coming back around, and they do so much for research with ALS and trying to find a drug and trying to find a cure. There’s really only one drug that is out there right now, and it really doesn’t do much other than extend one’s life by a month or so. So there’s really some research that needs to be done. That’s why the Ice Bucket Challenge was amazing! So I’m very honored to be able to do that. And Augie Nieto, who is kind of a well-known figure in the ALS world, has been living with ALS for about ten years. He’s very involved in the forefront of research. So I’m looking forward to working with them… hopefully doing some good and helping them raise awareness for funding and research. You know, hopefully no one else will have to go through what we did.
RP: What projects are you currently working on?
NO: Well, I’m really excited because I have a clothing line coming out with EVINE [Live]. It was started by an incredible group of executives; you can shop online, you can shop on TV, and, you know, it’s like I have to report so much on the current trends and on the fashion. And I have to work so much on Entertainment Tonight, and so often I’ll have people write in and say, “Hey, where did you get your dress?” you know, or “Where’d you get your shoes?” and “Where’d you get that?” So it will be fun to say, “It’s actually from the Nancy O’Dell collection.” It will be fun to finally be able to say that. We’ve had a lot of fun; we’ve been, like, sifting through my closet, and I’m like, “I like this, I like this.” And it’s been great; I like to call it “elegance with an edge.” Because it’s great—it kind of works within your career, and then it can transition into a school meeting, if you’re a mom. Or going out to meet someone for dinner; it works for that. You can add one piece or take off another. It works for all those different phases of one’s life.
Nancy O'Dell likes to have a little edge.
The statuesque South Carolina-born co-host of "Entertainment Tonight" might be known for her accessibility and warmth, but when it comes to fashion O'Dell admits that a splash of drama is key.
That kind of flair is exactly what she's added to her new clothing line from Evine, which officially launches tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
"The overall feel for the collection is elegance with an edge," the budding designer tells mom.me.
O'Dell, who has an 8-year-old daughter with husband Keith Zubulevich, also chats with us about what she's wearing to the Emmys, her closet must-haves and what she absolutely won't let her daughter wear out of the house. (Hint: She didn't design it.)
As a mom, what did you find was missing in women's fashion?
One big thing for me is I'd wear things on the show, and then I wanted to be able to also wear them to school. I would run from work straight to a school event, which happens all the time. I either will run to go and pick up my daughter or I'd be running to go to some kind of parent meeting, or to some sporting event, and I wanted things to be able to work both ways.
People ask me all the time, "Hey, where'd you get that outfit?" so it's going to be fun to be able to say, "It's mine!"
So you're going to wear them on the show, too?
Yeah! I'm really excited about it. People ask me all the time, "Hey, where'd you get that outfit?" so it's going to be fun to be able to say, "It's mine!"
It's elegant enough to be able to wear on "Entertainment Tonight," and then it's going to have a little bit of an edge to it, because that's what we all kind of want as moms. We want to be elegant and sophisticated as a mom, and have it be age-appropriate, but also have a little L.A. vibe to it, have a little edge to it so that it feels stylish and gives it a little oomph.
Speaking of the outfits you wear on the show, and for awards shows, do you have a favorite?
You know, I had one that I wore to an Oscars a good while back. It was a really elegant white one, and it had a kind of cape draped over the back. It just had this really dramatic style element to it, and it was just different. And I think that's always nice with clothes. Even if it's not so dramatic and it just has a little something different on it — and that's one thing I talked about, and the Evine people have been great. We literally went and pulled things out of my closet and said, "I like the zipper on this" or "I like the collar because it's really unusual" or "the function of this," and "I like the comfort of this," so everything has a little different something to it.
Is Evine planning anything else for you outside of the line?
Evine is going to do my gown for the Emmys because my clothing line launches at the same time. That's going to be a lot of fun.
Are there any details you can reveal?
We're kind of in the final designing stage right now. We're just now finalizing the material and what it's going to be exactly and the final design. So we kind of have it narrowed down. Like I told them, I just wanted that extra something on it, a little dramatic.
But it's exciting to be able say that, because every time at the Emmys, it's like, "Who are you wearing?" and I'll be like, "I'm wearing me!"
Does your daughter give you fashion advice from a kid's perspective?
She says that I should mix up my colors more. She says that I match them too much, that I should wear purple and pink, and that I can have green. Because with kids it's all about color anywhere.
The cutest thing is that she saw me doing the whole design thing with my Evine team, and then we were doing the photo shoot at the house, and so she was looking at it during the whole thing. She had asked me if there was a kids' clothing line. And I said now it's a woman's line, so she literally came home from school the next day and during recess she had drawn all of these clothes. And she said, "Can you give these to the people and have them make these clothes?" because they didn't have any kids' clothes. And it was just the cutest thing ever. She had thought everything out.
So is that what's next? A kids' line from your daughter?
That would be fun. Those are not in the plan right now. I told my husband I was going to somehow, though, have to figure it out and go online and find things that look like it because I felt like I didn't want to disappoint her. I wanted to actually have those clothes made for her because she was so excited about it. I didn't want to want to tell her I couldn't.
What are your top must-have items in your closet?
I do. I have a leather jacket. That's something that everyone should have in their closet. You can throw it over a dress; you can wear it with jeans and a T-shirt. You can throw it over a maxi dress, you can wear it with leggings. I just think you can wear it with anything. You can wear it with dressy, you can wear it with casual, so I think everybody has to have that. Another would be a great pair of leggings because they're wonderful for kids' school events or they're great at work, too. They're awesome for travel. I love things that work for a lot of different purposes. So that would be another one. A different one that I have is this cardigan that I love. I love something that has a little bit of edge to it. And the cardigan, it's like a shawl on one side and a fitted sleeve on the other. So you can wear it as just a sweater or it can be a wrap to throw on top. Because I got so much use out of that, I did something in my line that's similar to that, serves the same purpose.
It's back-to-school time. What are you and your daughter most excited about?
She gets excited because it's the start of soccer season, and she loves soccer. It's also the start of football season, so I get very excited about that. I need to pull for my Clemson Tigers.
She's very social, so she gets very excited that she gets to go back and see her friends. She actually loves her teachers. When you're in those beginning grades, you love and adore your teachers and think they're everything. She really loves learning and reading. She's book crazy.
That was the first time that my daughter ever thought my job was cool.
What are some of her favorite books?
She loves the "Treehouse" series. She is obsessed with those. She has the whole series. She's read all of those. She also likes "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot." And she's obsessed with the book that Disney's "Descendants" is based on.
Kids have really gone crazy over that movie.
These kids are rock stars. That was the first time that my daughter ever thought my job was cool because I took her to the premiere for "Descendants." I don't take her to a lot of premieres—I don't like her out in public. Inside the theater, they had all the Disney stars and they were all there watching the movie, so it was her rock stars. She was going crazy.
Is there anything that's off limits for your daughter, fashion-wise?
She has loved high heels for a while. She loves to dress up in little kid high heels around the house. She's always wanting to wear them out. I told her no, they were too grown-up for wearing out of the house. I said, "No, you can't do that in high heels." "Why not?" "Well, first of all, they're not good for your feet period, especially at a young age. Second of all, it's just not appropriate."
I laugh at my husband, though. You know how kids love the store Justice? The little underwear that they have for the kids, they have dogs and stuff on them. They're very innocent-looking, except they have a little bit of lace on top of it. And so my husband, he's, like, "What is that on top of her underwear? She can't be wearing lace underwear!" And I'm, like, "Hey relax, it's got a puppy dog on it."
It was so cute, because all of a sudden he became "Dad"—like, "That's my little girl and she's not growing up at all."
Image of Nancy O'Dell with "Evine Live" host Sarah Anderson via
Author: Laura Clark
I've always thought TV journalist/Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell is so pretty! And now she has her own exclusive fashion collection. I'm intrigued! It looks to me like we could totally get along. Look at those heels!
Her collection is debuting today at 11 pm ET and tomorrow at 11 am and 5 pm ET on EVINE Live on TV and online at EVINE.com during "Fall Fashion Day."
Items in the collection include jackets, jumpsuits, dresses, pants and more, many of which fans have already seen Nancy wearing.
"Elegance with an edge is how I would describe my clothing line. I want to give all women the chance to feel sophisticated and chic, while adding a little edge to their looks as well," Nancy says.
One of my fav fashion tips from Nancy is make sure you own a moto jacket. (She included FOUR in her collection...squeal!) "The best thing about a moto jacket is that it goes with pretty much anything...a simple pair of leggings, skinny jeans, a tee-shirt, a blouse, a sweater, chunky jewelry, a vest, flared pants, harem pants, etc. You can put on a moto jacket with the most classic of dresses and it still looks cool," she says.
EVINE Live airs on DIRECTV Channels 73 and 316, DISH Network channels 134 and 228 and the nation's top cable providers. Find EVINE Live in your area: bit.ly/1CNa450.
Source: I Heart Heels
[photos courtesy EVINE Live]
September 10, 2015
Nancy O'Dell is best known as the host of "Entertainment Tonight." She has traveled worldwide interviewing everyone from President Obama to Angelina Jolie and, if she can make it happen, she'll bring her children (Ashby, Carson and Tyler) with her.
"My favorite memories are of my children and my husband walking along the beaches searching for seashells and sea creatures," says O'Dell, who is based out of Los Angeles. "It seems so simple, but we do this on every Hawaii or beach trip and we love it. It just makes me happy to think of it. I could probably make 10 scrapbooks alone of all the beautiful things from nature we have found on the beach."
Her latest project is a fashion line for Evine Live, where she is aiming to keep the pieces at under $99 each. Fans may follow O'Dell on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nancyodell) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/NancyODell).
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. I had the great pleasure of interviewing my good friend, Garth Brooks, while he was on his world tour in Dublin, Ireland, in 1994. The people there were so sweet and nice that it reminded me of home. I grew up in South Carolina. And the added bonus was that they are huge country fans, as am I.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. The Hawaiian Islands are always our choice when it comes to a favorite destination. My family and I go pretty much every year as a family trip. There is just something so magical about Hawaii. I love the minute we get off the plane and I smell that distinctive paradise smell. It's one of my favorite places because it is so simple to plan for and we have never failed to have an amazing time. We stay on a different island every trip and every one of them has been wonderful. My daughter is a big fan of exploring around the beach, looking for seashells and sea creatures. I'm also an avid runner and there is always great scenery to look at on my daily run, so it makes staying healthy a breeze. Everything is just so peaceful and relaxing. Also, it's an easy nonstop flight from Los Angeles. We can leave LA in the morning and by afternoon we can be splashing around the beach.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. This past October, I spent a magical time there with one of my high school friends and her daughter, who is the same age as my little girl. Palmetto Bluff is on the coast of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia. It's a 20,000-acre development with a nature preserve, walking trails, a village center with river access, gas-lit walkways and wraparound porches. It honestly feels like it is from another time. There are footpaths and bike trails and we even took a boat ride through the Intracoastal Waterway and the May River and spotted lots of dolphins. We stayed at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, which was so relaxing and is absolutely gorgeous. And the Southern food is yummy!
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. When I was fairly young, probably about 6 years old, my parents took my sister and me to the Grand Canyon. I remember it being very hot. What I remember most from that trip is my Dad constantly wanting to take pictures of us and my feeling he was getting too close to the edge to do so. I just remember feeling like he was going to fall into the canyon and I was so worried. So I think I need to revisit the canyon now that I am older and cameras are better!
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. My favorite weekend getaway is to the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. It's a quick drive from Los Angeles and it is one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever seen. It's so romantic, located along a beautiful California stretch, between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The views you can enjoy while having dinner are beyond gorgeous. Its style is Mediterranean -- our favorite. Plus, there's an amazing spa. And it holds a special sentiment for me because that's where my husband and I got married.
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
A. I haven't been to Australia yet. I want to see the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and Great Ocean Road. I'm looking forward to visiting one day.
Q. What would be your fantasy trip?
A. I've always dreamed of going to Bora Bora and spending a week in one of those huts over the water where you can just jump off your balcony and swim. I think that will be an anniversary trip with my hubby someday.
Q. What is your worst vacation memory?
A. My worst vacation memory would be from just a few years ago. I was in Hawaii and we'd been swimming all day long in the pool and at the beach. I had put conditioner in my hair and wrapped it in a bun. The waves crashed on the back of my head and then we went for a ride in a convertible. By the end of the day, my hair was so tangled because of the sand and chlorine that it took two full bottles of conditioner and hours to untangle it.
(Jae-Ha Kim is a New York Times bestselling author and travel writer. You can respond to this column by visiting her website at www.jaehakim.com. You may also follow "Go Away With..." on Twitter at @GoAwayWithJae where Jae-Ha Kim welcomes your questions and comments.)
Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Author: Jae-Ha Kim and Tribune Content Agency
Nancy O’Dell is one of the most revered and beloved television personalities in Hollywood, and even with her illustrious on-air gig the Entertainment Tonightco-anchor maintains a powerful backstage presence. Behind the scenes, the multifaceted mom is a producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur and best-selling author, and now she’s adding fashion designer to her resume as she’s readying to launch her new clothing collection later this month.
We were thrilled to catch up with the Emmy Award-winning journalist to find out more about her latest undertaking, and although the busy star maintains a full workload this new venture is a yearning she’s had for quite some time. “I’ve been talking about and wanting to do a clothing line for a very long time,” O’Dell tells Tinseltown Mom. “I have to keep up with all the latest fashion to report on it daily at Entertainment Tonight and I get to play dress-up every day at my job, wearing such fun clothes, so it is such a natural fit for me to do my own line.”
Another organic fit was O’Dell’s collaboration with the digital retailer, EVINE Live, whom she started working with about a year ago. “…Evine is the right company for me to do my clothing with because they are so ‘current’ in the way that people shop. EVINE Live is a shopping destination you can find by tuning in to EVINE Live on the TV channel in your local area the traditional way, but you can also watch the broadcast live online or via mobile app at EVINE.com. So it makes shopping a breeze because you can watch and shop literally at the same time.”
O’Dell wanted to create a line that made it easier for all women to find sophisticated clothes with a “coolness” to them. “There is something that I have really noticed by reporting on celebrity fashion every day. One thing celebrities do very well is to wear elegant, classy clothes, but clothes that also have an edge…their clothes have that something extra, which gives them this cool factor. To find that golden combo, celebrities have access to stylists and to designers directly, but it is hard to simply find that combo in stores. So I wanted to make it easy on women. I didn’t want everyone to have to go to the junior section to try and find a little edge and then have to wonder if the clothing is age-appropriate…I wanted to make it a breeze for all us women out there to let people know we are current, on trend, and like to have fun too!”
It’s apparent the busy star thoroughly enjoys her regular gig of being co-host on TV’s longest-running entertainment news program, but she also admits to always having had a love for fashion and even recalls fun, fond memories of her shopping excursions with her mom growing up. “…when you break it down, fashion is about telling a story. And that is something I have loved doing as a journalist for 24 years now. It is probably the reason I love fashion so much. As far as the styling, you have to think of the pieces of clothing as chapters in a book and the chapters all have to flow together nicely for it to be a beautiful book. On a larger scale, you are essentially telling a part of your story by what you wear because you are showing your personality with your clothes. Think about it…you can really tell what someone is like in real life many times by the clothes they choose.”
Celebrities and fashion go hand-in-hand and O’Dell has seen and interviewed some of the biggest names on the red carpet and beyond, which made us curious about the fashion-savvy celebs she admires. “The celebrities whom I am always waiting to see on a red carpet are Taylor Swift, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Beyoncé, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez. They just seem to get it right all the time. They stun with classiness and sophistication, but they always bring some unusual element to their style, ‘the edge.’”
The fashion designer describes her own collection as elegance with an edge and explains the look in various ways. “…For example, simply adding a rocker-type zipper to an outfit can give it that cool factor. I have a couple of cardigans in the line, which are far from basic sweaters as I made them asymmetrical…asymmetrical clothing is huge on runways this fall. The leggings in my line make your legs look super long because we added this faux leather strip down the side. I also have a feminine top, but it is paired with a metal chain piece. It is the contrast in the soft and hard which gives it the edge. One of the dresses in the line has a formal look, yet we used an athletic mesh fabric. A faux leather vest in the collection has a tailored look but had a soft layer at the bottom. Again, it is adding that unusual element which gives a piece of clothing its chicness. The color palettes are vibrant, rich tones surrounded by edgy blacks and neutrals.”
O’Dell is clearly passionate about her new line and says she was “hugely” involved in the design process. In fact, the first meeting she had with the Evine reps, she spent 3 hours in her closet pulling out clothes and talking about her personal style. “…I approved every single drawing, made notes and sketches on changes to be made, felt and approved the materials and I even chose the exact zippers to be used. They, and I, wanted to make sure I was in love with every piece of clothing in the collection. And I am! In fact you will see me wearing my own line on Entertainment Tonight, so I am excited about that.”
The beautiful star also wanted to make sure this collection was affordable for the average female shopper, something she says was extremely important to her. “All the materials we used look super rich, but the great thing is that they are not expensive. The price range of the pieces in the line is $49-$99. And something else that was very important to me was to have the clothing work for all elements of life. I wanted styles you can wear to work, to a school function, and also out to dinner. So many times people differentiate those three things and you really don’t have to. With my line, the pieces are very versatile, and sometimes just simply changing shoes can completely change the look. So that makes the clothes even more affordable because you can wear them for multiple occasions.”
In addition to O’Dell’s new clothing collection she is the spokesperson for ALS.net, an honor the philanthropist is truly proud to be a part of. Advocating for ALS awareness and research funding is very personal to the TV personality. Her mother, whom she was very close to, was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2007 and passed away from complications related to the disease in June of 2008. O’Dell hopes she can somehow contribute in helping to find a cure so that no other family has to go through what she went through.
O’Dell’s online clothing collection launches the weekend of September 11th and 12th, but, on September 11th you can watch her show the clothing line personally by tuning in toEVINE Live on TV, at 8pm (PT); 10pm (CT); or 11pm (ET), and on September 12ththroughout the day. Or, to see where EVINE Live airs in your area, check your local listings or go to Evine.com.
Published: Monday, September 7, 2015
A sweet family connection gives added meaning to Nancy O'Dell's Special Olympics advocacy
On July 10, Entertainment Tonight anchor Nancy O'Dell participated in the World Summer Games' Unified Relay torch running ceremony to kick off the Special Olympics — and it was one of those days.
You know the kind: full of memories so special you are certain you'll look back on it for the rest of your life and smile.
Running alongside her fellow torch run captain, Glee's Lauren Potter, O'Dell knew then and there the experience would change her for the better. And Potter's resemblance to someone very dear to O'Dell's heart seemed to magnify the moment exponentially.
Like Potter, O'Dell's Aunt Ellen was a woman with Down syndrome. And, like Potter, Ellen was a woman with tremendous tenacity and spirit.
"[Aunt Ellen] grew up in Union, South Carolina, going to high school football games, just standing on the sideline and wanting so badly to be a cheerleader and wanting so much to be a part of a team. Fortunately, Union was a great community, and the cheerleaders would let her cheer along on the side or let her try and do the routine," O'Dell said.
Still, Ellen was never able to officially join the squad and, all these years later, that has been a major motivator for O'Dell's involvement. "I wish the Special Olympics had been around and available when she was young because she would have loved it," O'Dell said. "That's what she was all about — she just wanted to be included and respected and be a part of something, and that's what Special Olympics does so well."
According to the veteran TV correspondent, serving as a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics enriches her life in unexpected and humbling ways. Like, for starters, introducing the opening act for the ceremonies alongside a sweet young girl with Down syndrome.
"English was actually not her first language, so she was doing this speech in front of these thousands of people not only with an intellectual disability, but also with a language barrier," O'Dell recounted. "She finished it off perfectly, though, and then just stuck a hand up in the air like, 'Yes, I did it!' And that's what it's all about — for them to be able to feel this sort of accomplishment and pride."
Or, for instance, getting to appreciate firsthand the incredible athleticism involved. "You go out there and you're like, 'Oh my gosh!' These are people who have trained at these sports. These are Olympic athletes," O'Dell said, adding with a laugh, "I got the badminton birdie slammed on my side of the courts many times!"
Naturally, then, O'Dell encourages anyone to get involved in the Special Olympics. But it's not just about seeing what the participants get out of it. It's about the profound effect those participants have on the volunteers.
We can all learn from them, insists O'Dell. "They won't come out and judge what somebody's wearing," she said. "They don't come out and exclude anyone. They are about love and inclusion all the time. You can learn from them, so you actually get so much from being a part of it."
It was her support for the Special Olympics and Best Buddies International (a nonprofit dedicating to creating opportunities which positively impact the lives of the people with intellectual disabilities) that led O'Dell to bring the advocacy of these groups to the attention of her executive producers at Entertainment Tonight.
They have since hired two "buddies" as employees. "Sometimes they are the best employees because, like I said, there's no hidden agenda there. They just want to do a good job, and so they've made tremendous employees at Entertainment Tonight," O'Dell said.
Many common perceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are quite antiquated, particularly in regards to self-sufficiency.
"I think a lot of people don't realize that they're working and thriving and attending schools and universities," she said. "And it's not just people with Down syndrome. It's people with different spectrums of intellectual and development disabilities, such as autism and Asperger's and other forms."
O'Dell, for one, definitely noticed a shift in her own perspective.
"I left all of these events feeling so much better. Not just because I felt like I had done something good and been a part of a great cause, but because I felt like, 'Hey, this is how we should be.' They're so loving. They're so nonjudgmental. They're so about including everybody. It's really just cool to see."
But for O'Dell, the moment with the most personal gravitas came in those first few moments with the bubble blond actress from Glee.
"When Lauren and I first got the torch and she screamed out of excitement when they handed it to her — which kind of signified the beginning of everything — it just reminded me of my aunt and how she would get so excited when she was asked to participate," she said. "I started tearing up and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I have to walk this whole leg. I can't be crying the whole time!'"
Of course, that wasn't the only moment during the experience for which O'Dell was grateful for waterproof mascara.
Admittedly, she got a little choked up when she received her first hug from the first athlete at the opening ceremonies. "There's something different about a hug that you get from people with intellectual disabilities... it's a genuine love that is there," she said.
You feel the difference in the hug, even if you've never met the hugger. "With every single hug that you get from them, there's no pretense. There's just love," O'Dell marveled. "It feels good."
She Knows by Julie Sprankles
Photo credit: Courtesy of Nancy O'Dell
The Entertainment Tonight host is announced as spokesperson for ALS.net.
ALS.net announced today that Nancy O'Dell, host of Entertainment Tonight, joined the organization as an official spokeswoman in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease without a cure or effective treatment, and in which the average patient survives only two to five years following his or her diagnosis.
Advocating for ALS awareness and research funding is very personal for O’Dell. Her mother, Betty, was diagnosed with ALS in November 2007, and she passed away from complications related to the disease in June 2008. In addition, O’Dell was inspired by Augie Nieto and his battle against ALS and began advocating for Augie’s Quest, an affiliate of ALS.net, in 2009. Today, she hopes to continue to bring help and hope to all those affected by the disease.
As spokeswoman, O’Dell is focused on building awareness of the work of ALS.net, a global network of affiliates who are working tirelessly towards a cure for ALS. ALS.net exclusively funds the ALS Therapy Development Institute, ALS.net’s Massachusetts-based laboratory, a nonprofit biotech that is 100% focused on ALS research. Last year, the Institute directly received $4 million via the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it spent all of the funds on research programs with the best opportunities to make an impact to end ALS. O’Dell feels strongly about aligning herself with an organization that shares her commitment and urgency to find effective treatments and a cure for ALS.
One of O’Dell’s first undertakings as a spokesperson for ALS.net will be participating in the 2015Ice Bucket Challenge, teaming up with ALS patient, Anthony Carbajal, on building momentum around the campaign. She plans to enlist the support of celebrity friends around the country in this year’s challenge, which promises to be bigger and better by those including Ice Bucket Challenge co-founders, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn.
"I want to humanize ALS so people understand how it affects people living with the disease, their families and their friends," says O’Dell. "ALS took one of the sweetest people who ever walked this earth. I want to do whatever I can to stop it from taking somebody else’s loved one. ALS.net is a true partner in this fight, and I am honored to call myself a spokeswoman."
Photo taken by ALS patient and advocate, Anthony Carbajal.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis, due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cure for the disease. About 5,000 people in the US are diagnosed with ALS each year; the incidence is similar to multiple sclerosis. However, with no effective treatment, the average patient survives only 2-5 years following diagnosis. The worldwide population of ALS patients is estimated at 450,000.
ALS.net is the global network dedicated to funding research into developing effective treatments on the path to a cure for the ALS community. It is a group of like-minded people, families, foundations, and companies using grassroots techniques and social technologies to advance our mission to end ALS. By connecting and working together, building awareness, and sharing our stories, we can drive funding to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100% on ALS research. For more information, visit www.als.net.
About Nancy O’Dell
Named one of Television Week's 10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication, Emmy Award-winning entertainment journalist Nancy O'Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country's most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O'Dell is the co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight, and is now a Doctor. In May of 2013, her alma mater, Clemson University, awarded Nancy an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
In addition to her work with ET, O’Dell has contributed reports to CBS This Morning, NBC’s Todayshow and Dateline. She is executive producer and host of Celebrities at Home on HGTV.
Prior to her role as spokesperson for ALS.net, O’Dell served as National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS National Ambassador. Additionally, O'Dell was inducted into the American Red Cross's National Celebrity Cabinet in 2002 and remains in that position today, and she also serves as a celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes (MOD). Further, she acts as an international board member for Best Buddies, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Published: Thursday, August 06, 2015
Author: Mari Cody
Public Relations Manager: Mari Cody
Entertainment Tonight co-host, Nancy O'Dell and 8-time Olympic medalist, Apolo Ohno have a deep stretch before their badminton game at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games (Image Courtesy of Nancy O'Dell)
“So everyone reach up, put your hands together/Don’t give up, climb forever.”
These inspiring lyrics officially kicked off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games during the Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles.
Marc Roberge and his O.A.R bandmates and Cody Simpson hit the stage with rock stars Bree Bogucki and Madison Tevlin. The fab foursome performed in front of thousands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The performance was also broadcast live on ESPN.
It was a performance months in the making. A performance that captured the hearts of all who watched. And a performance with an inspiring message to all Special Olympics athletes.
DON’T GIVE UP, CLIMB FOREVER
“I’m hoping people were inspired and know that anyone can do what they put their mind to," an elated Bugucki said after reuniting with her family in the stands. "I mean, this is the Special Olympics World Games... It’s amazing!”
Bugucki's hopes came true.
Sitting in the stands, watching the decorated Special Olympics athlete with autism and Tevlin, a viral singing sensation from Canada with Down syndrome, perform alongside two professional musicians was an overwhelmingly emotional experience. Technically speaking, Simpson and Roberge are “the famous ones”, but the girls truly stole the show. They were naturals. Both hands up, encouraging the crowd and athletes everywhere to "reach up" for inclusion and acceptance.
The performance was the icing on the cake after a weekend full of events and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The girls recorded "Reach Up" with Simpson and Roberge in May. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of promotion and preparation for the big show in Los Angeles. The group h become ambassadors for the Special Olympics and Coca-Cola, appearing on Good Morning America and ESPN and spreading their #ReachUp message via social media.
THE LAND OF STARS
Leading up to their big performance, the girls had some down time with the Coca-Cola crew to… well, just be girls. And what do girls do best? Shop! After all, it is L.A. It’s almost a fashion crime not to take full advantage of this shopper’s paradise. They picked out their concert outfits. Bogucki went for more of an All American look with a t-shirt and jeans, and Tevlin decided to go full-on rocker chic with rhinestones, studs and leather leggings. The looks complemented their personalities.
All decked out on the Opening Ceremony red carpet Saturday afternoon, the girls rubbed elbows with celebrities and influencers from around the world. Unfazed by the hype surrounding many of the stars, the "Reach Up" singers went around taking selfies with their new famous friends.
Left to right: Bree Bogucki, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, Madison Tevlin and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussy Cat Dolls
They snapped pics with Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussy Cat Dolls, Cody Simpon’s family and sister Ali Simpson, plus more.
Wait. Justin Bieber? Oh yes. You better belieb it.
According to Tevlin, everyone was “super supportive” and “awesome” backstage. Oh and of course, now they are all fans of hers. How could they not be? One hug from Tevlin and you’re hooked.
Once all the red carpet selfies were taken, it was time to mentally prep for the performance. And that meant one thing for this crew: a pre-show chant led by Simpson.
All hands in. “One, two, three… REACH UP!”
‘AND THEN I REACH UP, BECAUSE I’M A CHAMPION’
Everyone in the stadium felt like a champion that night. It was obvious. It was infectious.
Hands raised to the sky. Faces lit up with excitement. Smiles were shared and tears were shed.
The girls' families were outwardly emotional. Tears streamed down their proud faces as they watched their little girls shine.
This is the first year the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony was broadcast on live TV, with the "Reach Up" performance kicking off the prime-time festivities.
“I liked being on stage with everyone. I walked out and was like… ‘okay I’M ON!’" Bogucki said. "All I could think was, 'this is so much fun!' It was like a bunch of friends getting together and singing. I know they’re famous, but I just look at them like, 'oh you’re one of my friends.'”
Tevlin, on the other hand, looked less than thrilled. At this point I had developed a special bond with the girls. I could immediately tell something was wrong. I held her close.
“It’s over,” she said, trying to hold back tears. “It’s all over.”
The words stung. It was over. Well, almost.
She had a wonderful experience performing on stage. Simpson and Roberge mean everything to her. But now that the performance they had been working towards for months, was done. It begged the question, now what? You could see the uncertainty in her eyes.
"It’s not over," I assured her.
Like every great moment, it must come to an end. But like every great friendship, the bond will last forever. The words rang true. It was the reassurance she needed. The reassurance, I needed.
She cheered up. The rest of the night was unforgettable. From beginning to end, the ceremony was more spectacular than one could imagine. The athletes carried themselves with such grace, exuding positive energy as they proudly marched in with their respective country. And the speakers were phenomenal. Eva Longoria, Tim Shriver, Maria Shriver and others each shared what Special Olympics meant to them.
Then First Lady Michelle Obama brought down the house at the end when she finally said the words the whole world had been waiting for, "Let the 2015 Special Olympics World Games begin!"
By: Meagan Priselac Jul 29, 2015
Nancy participated in the World Summer Games' Unified Relay torch running ceremony on Friday as a Co-Captain, running in the final leg of the event withGlee actress Lauren Potter.
Nancy shared her excitement on Instagram, posting a sweet pic of her and Lauren which she captioned, "I am so honored and excited for tomorrow as I run in the #UnifiedRelay with my friend @thelaurenpotter Join me as we #PassTheFlame in the @SpecialOlympics."
Nancy has long been an outspoken advocate for Best Buddies International and the Special Olympics because of their tireless dedication to bringing joy, opportunity, respect and inclusion to all people.
The ET host opened up on Facebook recently, sharing a story about her Aunt Ellen who had Down Syndrome and was often not treated with respect and inclusion despite being a wonderful, loving person.
"Because of Best Buddies and the Special Olympics, others like my Aunt Ellen are thriving and living a very fulfilling life today. They're given job opportunities and the chance to develop wonderful friendships. And, with the Special Olympics, they are given a chance to compete with other athletes from all over the world," Nancy shared. "I am honored to be a Good Will Ambassador for the Special Olympics and a Co-Captain in the Unified Torch relay."
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games kick off July 25 in Los Angeles.
Evine Live is pushing ahead with its plan to include more fashion offerings, and its latest is a new collection from Nancy O’Dell.
The collection will be available on the digital commerce company in September for the first showing. A follow-up show will be in November, which is slated to include additions to the collection.
O’Dell fits the profile of the new lines and offerings that Evine is introducing to its audience to attract consumers through its proprietary brands. As the co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, she will be the latest “personality” to be featured on the home shopping network. The hope is that O’Dell will bring her fan base to Evine.
Chief executive officer Mark Bozek said, “This is the key differentiator: Gone are the days when you can just be famous and go on television to sell works. Now you have to be passionate about the product. The customer can see through that if you’re not. Nancy has a great sense of style and is passionate about design and fashion. That’s really what we look for when we launch a personality-based brand.”
For O’Dell, the collection won’t be just a line with a celebrity’s name slapped on the label. She’s already been at work helping with the design. “I’ve been working with the manufacturer over the design element, approving [everything] from zippers to tags and materials.”
O’Dell said Bozek and his team met at her house in the beginning of the project, where they “went through my closet, piece by piece and talked about my style. I call this elegance with an edge.”
The ET host said moving into apparel seemed a natural next step, given that viewers often ask her about the items she wears on the show, such as which designer or where it can be bought. O’Dell said she plans to wear her new line on the show, and has already worn some of the samples to day-to-day events such as business meetings and when with her kids at school.
The collection will initially feature 18 styles, with some styles having two to four options each, whether different color choices or patterns, and range on average from $49 to $99. Options cover the range from blouses to dresses and jumpsuits to faux leather jackets and knit sweaters.
Bozek said the initial plan is just for apparel. “We are starting with one category to build up recognition [for the line] and a customer base, and then will carefully expand from there. For Nancy, style is not just about clothes. It’s all of her, from shoes to accessories and handbags.”
ET's very own Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Executive Producer Brad Bessey and our many talented producers took to the stage at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards -- held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.-- and accepted the award on behalf of the show.
This is our second win in this prestigious category, and though the competition was stiff, we take special pride in being honored with this recognition.
Big thanks to all of our viewers who we share this award with today! We will continue to work hard to provide our fans and followers with all the greatest in entertainment news.
50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® ANNOUNCES OVER 20 PRESENTERS FOR COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®
TROY AIKMAN, BETH BEHRS, CLINT BLACK, LEE BRICE, KELLY CLARKSON, BRETT ELDREDGE, BRANTLEY GILBERT, MICKEY GUYTON, HUNTER HAYES, MISS AMERICA 2015 KIRA KAZANTSEV, TAYA KYLE, DR. PHIL MCGRAW, JUSTIN MOORE, NANCY O’DELL, JAKE OWEN, THOMAS RHETT, TONY ROMO, DARIUS RUCKER, STEVEN TYLER, KEITH URBAN, SOFIA VERGARA, REESE WITHERSPOON, JASON WITTEN, TRISHA YEARWOOD, DWIGHT YOAKAM, ALABAMA AND BIG & RICH ADDED TO PRESENT
BROADCAST LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
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Encino, CA (April 16, 2015) - The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that Troy Aikman, Beth Behrs, Clint Black,Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Mickey Guyton, Hunter Hayes, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Taya Kyle, Dr. Phil McGraw, Justin Moore, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Witten, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama,and Big & Rich have been added as presenters for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM - 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Previously announced performers for the star-studded event include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts,special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artistsas well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shayplus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.
Tickets for the 50th ACM Awards® are available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
It may be April fool’s but this is no joke! Today, I’m sharing my Q&A with TV personality, sports junkie and my #WCW, Nancy O’Dell. Nancy is dishing on her teams, March Madness predictions and more! Enjoy!
The Sports Brat: We know you’re an avid sports fan, so who do you root for?
Nancy O’Dell: Well, my Clemson Tigers, of course…in everything…football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis. You name it and I follow all those teams on TV, internet, social media, etc. so I make sure I don’t miss any Clemson updates. As far as college football, I love watching all college games. There is just something about school spirit that I think is so much fun to watch – I love the passion, the camaraderie. And no one has it more than my fellow Tiger fans! Sometimes I get so nervous and uptight when I am watching them, believe it or not, I have to go take a walk break for a minute.
TSB: I’ve heard you golf…how did you get into it? What other sports do you play?
NO: I can’t say I am a great golfer. On the other hand, my husband and my stepson are avid and GREAT golfers. I like to hit it off the tee and putt. The in between shots are the ones I don’t have a lot of practice with, but what I love most about golf are the beautiful courses. Sometimes it is just fun to ride along…gorgeous scenery and so relaxing. My husband is getting ready to play Pebble Beach, so you know I’ll be riding along for that one! As far as other sports, I have loved being an athlete all my life. Growing up, I played a ton of basketball and tennis. I grew up in Myrtle Beach S.C., perfect for tennis. I also participated in volleyball, softball and I am a big ping-pong player! I still play most all of them today. My daughter is 7 now and she is playing those sports, so it is great to be able to play with her. I didn’t play soccer growing up, and ironically, that’s my daughter’s favorite sport so I am enjoying learning as she plays.
TSB: Which are your favorite sports to watch?
NO: I love watching so many sports. Football and basketball are probably my favorites to watch. As far as professional football, gotta pull for my Carolina Panthers. Or sometimes I pull for the teams which have former Clemson football players on them now. I also enjoy watching a good professional tennis match.
TSB: What’s your go-to look for game day?
NO: Total casualness…usually sweats and a t-shirt. I gotta be able to jump up and down and cheer easily. And if it is a day on which my Clemson Tigers are playing, I am dressed head-to-toe in orange and so is the rest if my entire family, including our little Yorkie, Buttercup!
TSB: March Madness is happening, who do you think will win the tourney?
NO: I think Kentucky is gonna take it all. They are so good, I would bet they could beat a ton of the professional teams. I am very excited to say I am the only woman in the Dan Patrick Celebrity Bracket Challenge and I am doing quite well! Woo hoo! I am one of the top 3 pickers right now.
TSB: You’re a pro when it comes to interviewing, have you interviewed any athletes?
NO: Yes, I have interviewed quite a few athletes and I love doing those interviews, as it is always interesting to hear how they became involved in the sport and from where they get their competitive drive. I’ve interviewed some sports legends like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Marino, Andre Agassi, and Marcus Allen. In fact, Marcus Allen has become such a dear friend of my family. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to L.A. and he’s such a kind, classy, thoughtful person. He and my husband play golf all the time together. And I actually played golf, not tennis, with Andre. I enjoyed hosting the live red carpet for the ESPYs one year, so I chatted with a ton of sports celebrities there. We have had a lot of fun guest co-hosts on ET, like Deion Sanders, Jason Sehorn, Emmitt Smith, and John Salley. I have also covered the Olympics many years so I have interviewed many of those athletes. I particularly loved covering the 2004 Olympics in Greece and interviewing the medalists every morning after their wins like Michael Phelps. My report on Misty May and Kerri Walsh was actually playing them in volleyball. They said I didn’t do “too poorly” against them. I took that as a compliment considering their world class playing!
Now you all probably understand why she’s my #WCW…smart, sporty and totally awesome! Thank you Nancy!!