About 50 journos descended upon the legendary NBC Studios Commissary (now named NBC Studio 9C) last night for a fabulous BBQ that included games, prizes (that included AGT merchandise), classic BBQ food and show talent.
I had a blast sitting up close with judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum as they played the first game of Jengo for the evening. I’d say that Heidi was better than Howie at the game but they both were killer players who managed to get about 20 pieces out before the tower of wooden Jenga pieces collapsed. I got lightly hit by flying pieces a few just a minute or two after Howie eyed my serious expression and said, “Don’t be scared!” I'm still laughing about it! Shortly before starting on the Jenga game when gorgeous Heidi arrived in her leopard print gown and stunning diamond jewelry, Howie did the Bean Bag Toss. Needless to say, he did not win a prize! He decided to sit just above the target and crew members threw bags at him, LOL! People posed with wooden signs with the hashtag for evening (#AGTBBQ) donned in All-American glitzy garb, like blue feather boas and glitter covered Uncle Sam hats. I spotted Mel B for a few minutes but she just talked to a few reporters and did not play any games. Host Nick Cannon was supposed to come visit and as I recall, he is one of the most charming people I have ever interviewed, but he probably wanted to keep away from the press so he did not have to discuss his recently discussed split from Mariah Carey.
|Heidi Klum playing Jenga|