- - Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cleveland gives ‘Hot’ stars a warm welcome in city

The stars of “Hot in Cleveland” have gotten a warm welcome in the city where their sitcom is set, according to the Associated Press.

Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves were greeted by fans and walked a red carpet Wednesday night in Cleveland. The actresses attended a viewing party for the new season’s premiere episode at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

WJW-TV reports Miss Bertinelli thanked the people of Cleveland for their support, calling them “kind, good, strong-hearted people that will survive.”

Multiple media outlets reported the women would receive a key to the city from Mayor Frank Jackson on Thursday. Miss Bertinelli will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday night’s Indians game against Pittsburgh.

“Hot in Cleveland“‘s new season is running this summer on the TV Land network.

‘Flipping Out’ star will fire two workers

Reality TV home designer Jeff Lewis will have fewer employees to flip out over this season.

The admitted obsessive-compulsive star of Bravo’s “Flipping Out” said two employees will be fired from his Jeff Lewis Designs in season five, which premieres at 9 p.m. July 6. He won’t say who, but in a recent interview with the Associated Press, he said one firing is expected. He calls the other “totally unexpected.”

Among the employees on the show are Mr. Lewis‘ executive assistant Jenni Pulos, housekeeper Zoila Chavez, house assistant Jett Pink and design associates Sara Berkman and Trace Lenhoff.

While losing a few employees, the show is gaining a new member - Mr. Lewis‘ boyfriend, Gage Edwards.

Mr. Lewis said he was hesitant to bring his personal life into the show. He said he believes the show led to a previous breakup and his relationship with his ex-boyfriend and business partner imploded on-screen two seasons ago after Mr. Lewis accused him of stealing his clients. He said because Mr. Edwards is now “very involved” in the business, it became impossible to shoot around him.

Known for sarcastic remarks and fiery temper, Mr. Lewis gets a taste of his own medicine in season five. He said the season also will feature the “craziest, most difficult client” of his career. He said she was so outrageous Bravo called him to make sure she wasn’t acting. “I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets a show out of this,” he added.

‘Mike & Molly,’ ‘Fringe’ actors to read Emmy noms

TV series stars Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson will be early risers on July 14 to announce the nominations for this year’s prime-time Emmys.

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