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Barry Manilow Talks Jingles and Fashion on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 15th 2011 7:00PM
Barry Manilow on 'Access Hollywood Live'Barry Manilow has racked up dozens of recognizable hits over his 40-plus-year career in the music business. He wrote the classic songs 'Copacabana (At the Copa),' 'Mandy,' and 'Can't Smile Without You.' Friday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), host Billy Bush even told Manilow that 'Mandy' helped him seal the deal with his wife.

But many might not realize Manilow also wrote some instantly recognizable jingles, including 'Like A Good Neighbor' for State Farm and 'Stuck on Band-Aid.' "Those are the two they keep playing 30 years later," he said. For writing those jingles, he was paid the grand sum of $500 each. "I was very happy to get that five hundred dollars," he said. "Nobody could have predicted that it was going to last that long."

They also discussed fashion, showing one of Manilow's more outrageous stage outfits. "It follows me like a bad smell, that shirt," he said. At least he still has his own hair and he's skinny because he doesn't "like eating." Someone tell him he can afford a sandwich now.

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Andy Cohen Promises to Bring 'Housewives' Style to Hosting Miss Teen USA (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 16th 2011 1:50PM

Andy Coehn on 'Access Hollywood Live'Andy Cohen is accustomed to dealing with plenty of preening from his experience co-producing the 'Real Housewives' series on Bravo. Thursday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), Cohen, who also hosts Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live,' talked about how he will bring his style to hosting the 60th Miss Teen USA pageant, which airs live from Las Vegas on June 19.

"Questioning housewives about very personal matters is something that I really enjoy doing," said Cohen. "I think people expect that of me, and so I hope to push some pageant buttons for the 60th anniversary and see what I can get out of these ladies."

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Al Roker Explains How They Kept Meredith Vieira's Farewell Flash Mob Secret (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 4:55PM
Al Roker talks about Meredith Vieira's farewell show on 'Access Hollywood Live'Meredith Vieira has seen her share of pranks and surprises on 'Today,' not the least of which was Wednesday's farewell flash mob for her last day on the show. It included a crowd of people singing Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing,' with assists from Abe Vigoda and Jimmy Fallon. Wednesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), Al Roker talked about how they were able to surprise Vieira with such a big production.

"The great thing is, Meredith usually comes in drunk," Roker deadpanned, "so it's not really that hard to get much by on her." Kidding aside, Roker said Vieira didn't get a copy of the rundown for that morning's show, so she knew something was going on but it would have been hard to guess exactly what.

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Piers Morgan Invites Arnold Schwarzenegger to Apologize on His Show (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 26th 2011 4:45PM
Piers Morgan on 'Access Hollywood Live'Arnold Schwarzenegger's transgressions over the years have cost him his marriage, and have been a considerable public embarrassment for the former California governor. Piers Morgan is ever-helpful, so today on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), he extended Schwarzenegger an invitation to offer a "mea culpa" on his show 'Piers Morgan Tonight.' He also explained why Hugh Grant is banned from the show.

"If he [Schwarzenegger] wanted to do a mea culpa on my show, I would recommend he do that," said Morgan, "because I think that there's a power of being honest and open about these things which, if you try and cover it up and try or run, it's not going to work."

Kit Hoover said Morgan's recommendation was that Schwarzenegger "pull a Hugh Grant," though Grant is barred from 'Tonight' for having suggested that all English tabloids should be banned from existence. Morgan used to edit two of those papers and took great offense at Grant's comments. So Grant will have to find another show on which to apologize to Morgan if he wants to get back in his good graces.

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Oscar De La Hoya Makes Cinco de Mayo Margaritas (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 5th 2011 5:05PM
Oscar De La Hoya on 'Access Hollywood Live'Which would knock Billy Bush out quicker -- boxer Oscar De La Hoya or a bunch of cocktails? De La Hoya was on hand today on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to allow for testing in both areas in honor of Cinco De Mayo, a traditional day of drinking in the U.S. De La Hoya is a "tequila ambassador" for Tres Generaciones tequila, a post, one presumes, you earn by working your way through the diplomatic ranks provided by less intoxicating drinks.

Kit Hoover asked De La Hoya if he were to punch Billy, would he knock him out? That was a definite yes. "He'd probably go to sleep for like two days," said De La Hoya. Bush did a little fancy footwork but moved right on to the margaritas.

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Kit Hoover Gets Manhandled by Male Revue on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 3rd 2011 1:45PM
Kit Hoover Gets Manhandled by Male Revue on 'Access Hollywood Live'The Las Vegas-based Thunder From Down Under male revue manhandled Kit Hoover on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated), easily tossing, twirling and swinging the co-host, causing her clothing to become askew in the process.

"Throw her around," said Billy Bush, pushing Hoover toward the strippers. "Get her going! Yeah!"

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Billy Bush Gives a Sensual Massage to Show Producer on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 2nd 2011 1:45PM
Billy Bush Gives a Sensual Massage to Show Producer on 'Access Hollywood Live'While co-host Kit Hoover and executive producer Rob Silverstein enjoyed a massage in the Virgin Alantic Airways lounge, Billy Bush decided to take over and give Silverstein a sensual massage of his own on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

With a camera in tow, Bush quietly crept into the lounge, relieved the masseuse, then slowly began working his hands down to the small of Silverstein's back. After lingering for a time, Bush then delivered a hard smack on Silverstein's behind. The producer, meanwhile, never moved an inch.

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A Wind-Up Royal Wedding Countdown on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 27th 2011 5:15PM
Royal Wedding Countdown on 'Access Hollywood Live''Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) took a break from terrible impressions of English celebrities on its Royal Wedding Countdown today to use a couple of toys that were terrible cartoon likenesses of royalty. To mark two days until the royal wedding, Kit Hoover produced a wind-up toy meant to look like the Queen Mother, its right hand replaced with the numeral two. She then wound the thing up and let it go on a small British flag with "Access Hollywood" written on it.

"That is the most disrespectful rendering of the Queen," said Billy Bush. The mechanized Queen Mother promptly marched to the edge of the flag, and hung on for a bit before falling off. Hoover also set down a wind-up toy made to look like Prince Charles with the words, "Cheers, big ears."

Two more days, and we can all start our new lives without the Royal Wedding Countdown.

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'Access Hollywood Live' Looks at Royal Wedding Souvenirs (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 26th 2011 3:15PM
'Access Hollywood Live' Looks at Royal Wedding SouvenirsWhat better way to commemorate the royal wedding than with inappropriate or poorly-made souvenirs? On 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated), Billy Bush and Kit Hoover look at a range of royal wedding mementos, including a naughty photo album and a mug featuring a printing error.

'Kate and Wills Up the Aisle' is a photo collection of celeb and royal look-a-likes in a variety of compromising positions. One photo even shows a faux David Beckham attempting to seduce an ersatz Kate Middleton on the day of the wedding.

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Maria Menounos Hosts Suitcase Packing Contest on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2011 12:45PM
Maria Menounos hosted a contest in which Billy Bush and Kit Hoover were challenged to cram a week's worth of clothing into a suitcase on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

As an added incentive, Menounos offered a copy of her self-help book on the importance of being organized to whoever successfully packed their luggage within one minute.

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'Access Hollywood Live' Piles on an Inflatable Steelers Couch (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 19th 2011 8:45PM
'Access Hollywood Live' tried to pop a Steelers couchBobby Bell, a promo director for 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), is a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. So when Hines Ward and Kym Johnson were on the show Tuesday, he brought in his inflatable Steelers couch. Ward and Johnson made themselves comfortable on the couch, then host Billy Bush brought out Bell to sit with them as well.

From then on, it was a free-for-all. In the middle of the Royal Wedding Countdown, Gail O'Grady sat down, making four people, and then Bush and Kit Hoover joined in, making seven people on a couch meant for two. Bush was hoping they could bust the thing, and at one point started bouncing up and down, saying, "We gotta make this couch pop."

The couch proved too much for them, however. Hoover fell off and jumped back on, but to no avail. The couch wouldn't give. Maybe this will be a new feature on the show after the Royal Wedding Countdown ends -- "Couch Popping Pile Up."

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Talks About His Relationship With Kirstie Alley, Underwear (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 13th 2011 5:30PM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy on 'Access Hollywood Live'Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley are one of the most popular couples on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and Chmerkovskiy was on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated NBC) to talk about his relationship with his dance partner. Billy Bush and Kit Hoover wanted to know about their chemistry, both on and off the dance floor. Hoover, her Atlanta roots suddenly showing in her accent, got a little close.

Hoover asked if Chmerkovskiy liked older women. The question seemed to perplex him. "I think they like me," he said. Bush went one step further, asking if Alley had thrown her hip out during some extracurricular activity with Chmerkovskiy, which again left him a little perplexed.

Hoover also said Chmerkovskiy was doing something she found very sexy: wearing his pants so that a hint of underwear was visibly peeking out. She actually asked to touch them, giving Chmerkovskiy what he called a "frontal wedgie" while pulling them up, Hoover said, to display the name. It's better to pull the pants down than the underwear up, Chmerkovskiy explained. Hoover promised to save that for next time.

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Kirstie Alley Gives Color Commentary on Her 'DWTS' Shoe Mishap (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 12th 2011 5:30PM
Kirstie Alley on 'Access Hollywood Live'Last week on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Kirstie Alley took a fall out on the floor during her rumba. This week, she lost a show, an experience she and her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskly recounted for 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). Alley and Chmerkovskly seemed to have a healthy sense of humor about their mishaps, even if you can't always tell what Alley is saying because of all the bleeped-out expletives. But hey, with the two weeks she's had, we can't blame her for cursing.

"I hear her speak and I'm like, 'Why is she talking?'" remembered Chmerkovskly. He had been dancing around Alley, who was on the floor fixing her shoe. "She was saying not-nice things," Maks said.

Hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush weren't able to decipher Alley's words, either. But they did think she and Chmerkovskly were fun to watch. Probably fun to listen to, as well, if they ever release 'Dancing With the Stars: Uncensored.'

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Billy Bush Is Suspicious of Kit Hoover's Visit to His Park City Home (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 11th 2011 5:45PM
Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on 'Access Hollywood Live'Billy Bush and Kit Hoover are co-hosts on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). But there's an old saying in show business: Never let your entertainment magazine co-host use your house in Park City, Utah, while you're away. (We may be paraphrasing.)

Bush asked Hoover about the stay, and Hoover's answers were less than comforting. "We trashed everything," joked Hoover. "We shook up the Bush family pad." Hoover said she and her husband used the ski clothes and helped themselves to the fresh powder and also some wine. What Bush mainly wanted to know was which bedroom did Hoover and her husband use. "The master," she said. "Were we not supposed to sleep in the master bedroom? Is that a little creepy?"

Bush asked if anyone else was thinking what he was thinking. In all likelihood, probably not. But he said he was thinking perhaps a pillow fight took place. Fine. We weren't thinking that, Billy. If that makes you feel any better.

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The Rock on Hosting Wrestlemania: 'It's a Dream Come True' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 30th 2011 4:30PM
Dwayne As an actor and entertainer, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says can't wait to host 'WrestleMania,' which he will do this Sunday at the event's 27th edition. He spoke with the folks from 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) today about what he gets out of the experience, and missing the spandex.

"Really, it's a dream come true," Rock said after enduring a request to flex his pecs from host Kit Hoover. "That energy, that visceral response that you always get from the audience is incredible. I love making movies, but you can't simulate that on any movie set."

The hosts asked, though, if he just missed wearing the "little bitty briefs," as they called them. "Let's be honest, I do," said Johnson. "I wear those briefs generally Friday nights with a big bottle of Don Julio, but now this time I'm going to be able to wear them in the ring."

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