I still can’t believe that I hold this place in the history of QVC! What a journey I have had!
QVC was on the air for approximately one year when my video distribution company presented the QVC buyer at the time (Kim Patterson) with my workout video titled WALK Aerobics. It was a unique way to walk for fitness in your own home without a treadmill or any expensive equipment. You can walk for miles but stay right in front of your TV!
Ms. Patterson was just about to reject this product because she was concerned that it would be difficult for the host to describe. Was it walking around in your kitchen? What is Walk at Home?
Shelly Rudin, the representative at my video distribution company, pleaded to Ms. Patterson to let me show her how it worked and convinced her that it was a great product for the QVC audience. When Ms. Patterson allowed me to show her a demo, she became a walk at home believer instantly!
Ms. Patterson then went on to ask Joseph Segel, the founder of QVC, if I could go on-air with the host to demonstrate my walking workouts. He said YES!
Boy, let me tell you- my mission to get more people walking had made a major leap forward. In my first appearance with the host Steve Bryant, we sold out in minutes! Mr. Segel and I met after that show and I think he had one of those “turning point” moments! The presentation of the product was more powerful when the creator was there
I will never forget the kindness Mr. Segel showed, especially when he asked where I was from. They made it a fun beginning for me! I would bring my son to the shows where he would crawl around the steps of the stage while I was on air. There were so many wonderful memories for me, and I am so thankful to Mr. Segel and my QVC family!
Let’s take a look back at some of our great times with QVC!
More Fun Facts About QVC
- We produced a Walk With the QVC Hosts show and it was so much fun! Kathy Levine, Steve Bryant, Mary Beth Roe, Mike Rowe, and other favorite hosts! 20,000 Q shoppers have this video! Sweaty!!!
- I was a program host for 6 weeks (thank you John Eastman for believing that I could do it)! Did anyone see those shows (or only my mother)? It was called Wake Up Workout with Leslie Sansone! John E. was too sweet! He should have fired me after the first show since I was terrible! I have so much respect for the job of a QVC host! Whew, it’s a big job! I struggled during the 6 weeks and no one asked me to return as a host. However, (thank goodness) I was asked to return as the nation’s Walking Coach!
- One of my all-time favorite times at QVC was when funny man, Tim Conway, came down the stairs of the set and started walking behind me! We laughed so hard that the producers ended the show early! Another show, Marie Osmond jumped in with our Walk Team (I mean “walked” in), and my son walked Joan River’s dog – yes – she tipped him (and he took it! Lol)!
Always surprising and always exciting! You never know what’s next at the Q! I wouldn’t want it any other way!