An emotional Lisa Robertson ended a 20-year run on QVC last night with the final installment of A Lisa Robertson Christmas, her signature annual holiday home decorating show.
Surrounded by a crowd of well-wishers toasting her in the studio as the broadcast came to an end, Robertson said “thank you so much for 20 years; that’s all I can talk now.”
In October, Robertson, 49, surprised her many fans by announcing that after a lot of soul-searching, she was leaving the West Chester, Pa.-based shopping channel as of December 12 for an unspecified new challenge and new adventure.
A former Miss Tennessee, and trained classical violinist, Lisa Robertson worked at two other shopping channels before joining QVC in 1995. Over her career, Robertson hosted PM Style, Friday Night Beauty, Lisa About Style, and The Lisa Robertson Show on QVC. Through the years, Robertson apparently developed a strong bond with millions of QVC viewers, particularly in the fashion arena.
In addition to thanking her studio colleagues (in front of and behind the camera) as well as the sellers who appeared with her on the air, Robertson posted a special message on the QVC fashion blog to the viewers at home.
…Now, I want to talk about you. I am not sure you realize what a difference you make. We have shared a lot you and I, the good and the bad. We have shared jokes, fashion, beauty, Christmas decorating, laughter and sorrow, advice and encouragement, triumph and loss, cooking and burning things, teasing, late night snacks, books, movies, sleeplessness, etc. You have become a part of my every day. I know you listen to me, but I want you to know that I listen to you, too. You have been a bigger help, a greater source of comfort and a more welcome diversion when I have needed it, than anything else I can think of… We have become good friends, and I want to thank you…”
Robertson has not yet revealed if she has a new gig lined up or even what that might be. But the blog posting ended with the following promise: “I am not sure what the future brings, but one thing is for sure: it won’t be boring!”
On her Facebook page, Robertson posted a motto that summarizes what she is aiming for in the days ahead. “Age is a self-distilling process; the older we get, the more ourselves we become.”
If you are a QVC viewer, will you miss Lisa Robertson? Do you plan to follow her to a new television network if that’s where she is headed?
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