I am up sooo early this morning, flying to San Francisco to host tonight's premiere of "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" at the Snoopy Museum in Santa Rosa. You do realize that my passion for Snoopy knows no bounds, right???
Last night was a great celebration of all things Bravo, framed around the Top Chef finale and our Upfront Programming Announcement. We announced 11 new series, including new ones for Jeff Lewis (don't worry, Flipping Out is back later this year too!), Rocco DiSpirito, Brad Goreski, and Chris March. We also picked up hits like Tabatha and Bethenny.
We threw three simulataneous parties in L.A., NYC, and Chicago, and all were filled to the rims with Bravolebrities. In NYC, we were lucky enough to welcome finalists Richard Blais and Mike Isabella, who each cooked and served two dishes from their finale menus to the appreciative crowd. (Yes, the pepperoni sauce is as good as Gail said.)
Here's a fun combination of people, the Countess and Top Chef heartthrob Angelo:
We sent the first two episodes of RHNY to press and the reviews are FANTASTIC. People are flipping, and so am I. Here I am having talking to Jill and Kelly about how genius their new season is..
I don't know why but the way RHNJ's Teresa poses for pictures always makes me smile. She was bedecked in pink sequins last night...
After dinner and the show, I hosted a Watch What Happens Live: Top Chef Finale Special from a remote Bravo Clubhouse. The team at Embassy Row did a phenomenal job on all our live production needs and everything went off without a hitch. It was surreal being in front of a few hundred people, but with my same crew and rug and chairs.
Watching Richard and Mike and their families watch the last 20 minutes of the show was surreal and emotional. I took this pic about 10 seconds before Padma announced the winner...
I love unlikely duos; during a WWHL commercial break I spotted these two in the audience.
After the show I grabbed a drink with Jeff and Jenni. Tonight, Snoopy and I will have one after the show. Have a great day, everybody.