Show night! I was really looking forward to having some of my special friends come and support me on this night! A few of them had never been to a studio taping before, and none of them had ever seen me "live" and in action.
I realize that everyone has busy lives and some have young children, so it's extra special to see how excited everyone was to attend!
As you could see, Gretchen and Slade were very late. I didn't notice until about an hour after the show started. I was pretty sad to hear they were completely unapologetic and there was no excuse why they were late either to Terry when they arrived or to myself later. All the girls (as well as Terry) told me later that Gretchen and Slade were up from their seats several times during the evening and missed a number of my scenes.
I just found it so disappointing especially when I found out later that the calls were about a gift Gretchen was helping me with for Tamra. There was no emergency about it that needed to be taken care of at 7 pm on a Friday night.
I have always been a supporter of Gretchen and Slade's and their many career paths. Last year, I left my children for three days to see Gretchen perform in Las Vegas. I was happy to be there and I can promise you my phone was shut in my purse. I deserved the same support and friendship.
I decided this was not the time to discuss this issue with Gretchen. I was on a high after the taping of the show ended and didn't want to spend my evening being annoyed.