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Strip Scribbles: All-star lineup for Daytime Emmys, Dick Clark tribute
It will be an all-star turnout of Las Vegas celebrities with East and West Coast TV personalities when the 37th Annual Daytime Emmys are broadcast for the first time ever here at the Las Vegas Hilton. A tribute to American Bandstand host and legend Dick Clark is one of the many celebrity segments.
Caesars Palace headliner Cher, Paris headliner Barry Manilow, Steve Wynn’s favorite country king Garth Brooks, Flamingo’s Marie Osmond, Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, The Spinners, Jay Leno and former American Idol curmudgeon Simon Cowell are among the stars who will be saluting the 80-year-old iconic show and veteran TV personality.
Hosted by Regis Philbin, the June 27 broadcast also features Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, Wayne Newton, Carrot Top and Jubilee! The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime TV production. “Since this is the first time the Daytime Emmys will be based outside New York or L.A., we’re putting together a special that will tap into the energy and excitement of Las Vegas,” said David McKenzie, the telecast’s executive producer.
*Maybe because of the outrage and storm of criticism fired at Top Chef Master judge Jay Rayner, Bravo pulled his “less than complimentary” blog about his feud with Mandalay Bay star chef Rick Moonen. Now Bravo has let Rick post a candid rebuttal to Jay’s nasty words. If you follow food and Las Vegas chefs, this is a must-read to clarify the accusations and outline the truth.
Rick is ending all discussion on the feud, having made his statement of facts and defending his seafood sustainability campaign and the assault on Las Vegas as a fine cuisine center. “It’s onwards and upwards from now on,” he said.
*It took six months for 2010 Miss America Caressa Cameron’s dream to meet President Obama to come true. When she was crowned here at Planet Hollywood in January, she told me that she was looking forward to meeting him at The White House. This past week, after criss-crossing the country visiting wounded soldiers and veterans, she went to Capitol Hill to speak about the Miss America community service and charity platforms. The highlight was when she took the Children’s Miracle Network champions with her to meet Obama.
*Forty of the finest photos from the collection of rock music photographer Neal Preston go on show in an exhibit at the Hard Rock Hotel tonight. It includes a never-before-seen Led Zeppelin oversized proof sheet he’s releasing in a limited edition to be sold tonight and at the Hard Rock’s retail store. The exhibit continues after Neal departs tonight’s VIP Skybar VIP event.
*Actress and poker professional Shannon Elizabeth will be the first celebrity to get a tarot card reading in the Executive Monkeys comedy improv show coming to the Palms on Wednesdays starting June 30. Producer Emily Jillette tells me the 80-minute show will use Twitter for the audience to direct the improv comics during its first half. Then in the second half, the celebrity gets the reading and the comics then have to build a sketch around it. Totally new and different!
*Grammy Award-winning rapper, DJ and So So Def Recordings owner Jermaine Dupri, who was a regular DJ at Planet Hollywood’s Prive before it was shuttered, takes over the wheels of steel at Eva Longoria Parker’s Eve in Crystals at MGM’s CityCenter as of Wednesday.
*Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue found himself in the middle of The Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour two-day clinic on horsemanship at South Point. Australian-born Clinton Anderson is world-renowned for his communication and instruction skills with horses -- he’s been doing it since he was 9, played polo at 13 and trained them from 15 onwards. Clinton was here to show horse groundwork, advanced riding demos and how to gain your horse’s respect.
UFC fighter Keith Jardine was at Palms Pool & Bungalows reading a book in the sunshine. His friend UFC fighter Rashad Evans stopped by to say hello. Also partying poolside were MMA fighter Matt Hamill in a cabana with his trainer and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Actor and TV game-show host Wayne Brady returns to The Venetian to round out his contract through July 8 with his show Making Sh*t Up drawn from audience input. … The Beach Boys with Mike Love play poolside at The Venetian, as we reported this morning. … The Spin Doctors take a medical whirl poolside at the Palms. … Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus pitches its big top through Sunday at The Orleans, as we reported this morning. … Jabbawockeez are at MGM Grand through Wednesday. … Cort McCown and Paul Hughes welcome six-time American Comedy Award nominee Dom Irrera to The Playboy Comedy Lounge at the Palms for three nights. … The Henry Rollins Spoken Word is at Carey Hart’s Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel. … Draw the Line pays tribute to Aerosmith at Fremont Street Experience through Saturday. … VH1’s Rock of Love Season 2 winner Ambre Lake hosts Bull Stars and Bars Bachelors Auction at Revolver in Santa Fe Station.
Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss hosts another free World Cup viewing party in his Gossy Room at Cleopatra’s Barge at 11:30 a.m. when England takes on Algeria. We’ll have the full inside story of tomorrow’s extraordinary Frank Sinatra wine dinner that Steve Wynn is hosting for members of the Sinatra family at his casino resort, plus a peek at Sting as he goes classical with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at MGM Grand.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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