On Martha Stewart's relationship with her daughter, Alexis: Martha's daughter, Alexis Stewart, strikes me as one of the angriest people I have ever met. Alexis and I did a commercial together for Martha's Macy's line. Whoever was directing the commercial was wise enough to have Alexis and me do our lines together before bringing Martha in.
Alexis kept cursing under her breath in anticipation of her mother coming, saying things like, "god****ed b***h," almost as if she had Tourette's syndrome. I was shocked that she could be so disrespectful toward her mother in front of total strangers. I also found it deeply ironic that the domestic goddess seems to have such an odd relationship with her daughter. ... During one of our little breaks on the Macy's commercial set, Martha gestured to the piles of linens and towels from her new collection and said, "Alexis, any of this you want for your apartment, please take it. I want to give you a housewarming present." It seemed like such a touching and generous gesture. "I wouldn't touch a single solitary item of this crap!" Alexis said, glowering.
On (presumably) Padma Lakshmi, the host of "Top Chef." I received an e-mail recently from a certain glamorous hos tof "Top Chef." I won't say who she is, but she was once married to a world-famous novelist who received death threats.
She told me that she was looking for a jewelry designer for her line and I said I would put my radar up and send her anyone I found who might be a good fit. Well, I found someone terrific ... Then I never heard back. Nor did the designer. I was so embarrassed. Here I had this great jewelry designer all excited and then it was as if I'd made up the whole gig. ... I have to assume she didn't really want my help after all, so I'll keep that in mind if she ever asks for anything again.
On Andre Leon Talley, contributing editor for Vogue magazine, being hand fed grapes and cheese at a New York Public Library panel, instead of participating in a sound check with Gunn and the other panel participants: When we return to the greenroom, we see that someone has spread a translucent barber's bib over Andre and he's reclining, his arms at his sides. He's being fed grapes and cubes of cheese one by one, like a bird in a nest.