QVC is celebrating its 35th Birthday! And while it’s been 2 years since I left QVC as a program host, I was there for 25 of those 35 years.

I look back on my years at QVC with so much fondness. It was a really fun time in my life and I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities those years brought to me.

Lifestyle expert Jill Bauer on set at QVC

Working at QVC was an incredible lesson in business. I went to college for broadcast journalism, but I consider my years at QVC to be the equivalent of a master’s degree in sales, marketing, public relations and merchandising.

And most of all, working as a program host introduced me to some amazing people. Some famous, some not. But I built a wonderful collection of friendships and memories over my 25 years, and that, more than anything, is the greatest takeaway from my time there.

Guests and hosts at QVC

So, in honor of QVC’s 35th Birthday, I thought it would be fun to share some photos and stories with all of you. I hope you enjoy a little trip down memory lane!

Working With Celebrities At QVC

As you might imagine, over my many years at QVC, I worked with a lot of famous people.

Jill Bauer and Martha Stewart at QVC
I really enjoyed working with Martha Stewart. She is so smart and of course, inspired my love of entertaining and home living.

I look back and wish I would have taken pictures with all of them. I wish I had a picture of me and Hank Aaron. Or Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I wish I took a picture with the rock star, Melissa Etheridge. Or Hall and Oates. I could kick myself for not asking for a picture with singer, James Taylor.

But, I always wanted the guests I worked with to see me as a professional, and I didn’t feel like it set the right tone if I asked for a photograph. So, for many years, I made it my personal policy not to ask.

Jill Bauer and Rachael Ray at QVC
Rachael Ray is one of the hardest working people I know. She was great to work with!

Of course, with the advent of social media and camera phones, that changed a bit. So, I’m happy I have a few pictures to share with you!

Jill Bauer and Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank
Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary from the hit show, Shark Tank. Always courteous and easy to work with!
Designer Dennis Basso and Jill Bauer
Couture designer, Dennis Basso, is one of my favorite QVC friends. He is the BEST storyteller! And we had 25 years of laughs together

So here’s a fun story about Catherine Zeta Jones. I loved working with Catherine. She was really involved in her collections (which isn’t always the case with celebrity lines) and she was simply a lovely person to be around.

Catherine Zeta Jones and lifestyle expert Jill Bauer on QVC
I adored working with Academy Award Winner, Catherine Zeta Jones. She was so passionate about her collection!

During one of her shows, she mentioned to me that her husband, Michael, was going to be in the green room. If you DIDN’T know, Michael is actor MICHAEL DOUGLAS. And Catherine mentioned that he really liked me (um, WHAT???) and that I’d have to come down to the green room and say hello.

I thought she was being nice.

But then, after the show, Michael’s assistant came into the studio and wanted to know if I had a moment to come say hello to Michael. I was speechless for a moment, and then Catherine laughed and said, “See? I told you he likes you!”

Jill Bauer Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones
You know, just hanging out with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones

Needless to say, Michael was a total doll. Super friendly, down to earth and I just had a ball chatting with him. It was one of those moments I’ll never forget!

Celebrities Who Become Friends

When you work with the same people over and over again, inevitably a bond forms. And sometimes, that bond grows into friendship.

And that’s what happened with several special people who I met through QVC.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers was one of the most special people I’ve ever met. She took me under her wing from the first time we met. She taught me so much about jewelry, style, fashion, business, and just day-to-day life.

joan rivers david dangle and jill bauer

Joan was kind. When she learned I wouldn’t be able to be with my family over the holidays, she invited me to her home for Christmas Eve.

joan rivers and jill bauer

She was gracious, thoughtful, and always asked me about my family.

QVC hosts attending funeral of Joan Rivers
Me and my QVC colleagues at the funeral of Joan Rivers

It broke my heart to announce to the QVC audience that Joan passed away in 2014. And I was honored to be on the guest list to attend her funeral, along with several other QVC hosts. She was a wonderful lady.

Lori Greiner

Long before she was a “SHARK,” Lori Greiner was my friend. She and her husband, Dan, would spend holidays with my family. We would often get together for dinners or impromptu lunches at her home in PA. In fact, Lori and Dan would occasionally babysit for my son, Trevor!

Lori Greiner and Jill BAuer

Lori is one of the smartest gals I know. I love spending time with her. We haven’t seen much of each other in recent years with her busy shooting schedule, but I still consider her a loyal and trusted friend.

Suze Orman

Let me just say this. Suze Orman taught me everything I know about money.

Suze orman and Jill Bauer

When I was a young host and finally had some “spending” cash, I spent a little too much. Suze helped me to get out of debt and put me on the right track to save, save, save. She has been a trusted confidant many times over when I needed financial advice.

Laura Geller

I could write an entire blog about Laura Geller. I love this lady so much.

Laura Geller and Jill Bauer

She is a good person. A really good person. And she has become one of my most dear friends. I would do anything for her. And I know I can count on her to be there for me too.

Laura was the first person to know that I had been booked for the TODAY show. She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. I feel so lucky to have her in my corner. I can’t say enough good things about her! She’s simply, the best.

Bobbi Brown

There was probably no one I was more excited to work with at QVC than makeup artist, Bobbi Brown.

Not only did I use her makeup, but I just thought there was something very cool about her. I loved watching her segments on television and reading her tips in magazines.

Bobbi and I worked together really well. We were just very comfortable around each other and that made for a great relationship.

I consider her a great mentor. Whether I need advice or just want to say hi, I’m so grateful to have her on my list of “go-to” people!

More QVC Friends

Of course, I have many other friendships as a result of working at QVC for all of those years.

It’s no secret that from the moment we were hired together, David Venable and I had a very special friendship. We shared a lot of laughs together!

I’ve also always been close with Mary Beth Roe, one of the kindest women you’ll ever meet.

And then there are some of my closest friends, like Dara Lynn from Philosophy Beauty, Tara Tesher from Temp-Tations, Maria McCool from Calista Tools and jewelry designer, Carolyn Pollack.

These ladies are among some of my best friends… the ones I can call any time, day or night, for support and love.

My Favorite Part Of QVC

Without a doubt, my favorite part of working at QVC for all of those years was putting together the show, “You’re Home With Jill.” It was my heart and soul. I loved finding products and sharing them with you in those programs.

When I look back on what we did in that show, I realize that it pioneered so many of the programs that became staples on QVC. And that my vision to create a real “show” where everything was available for you to purchase was really groundbreaking and ahead of its time.

I don’t think QVC really ever understood the magnitude of what that show was doing and the potential it had to do even more.

But hey! That’s what Just Jill is for now! 🙂

Products I Love

I’m always asked about the products from QVC that I liked to buy. I’ve put together some collections for you to check out….and since today (June 13) is FREE SHIPPING, be sure to check them out!!

Click HERE if you’re interested in learning more about some of my favorite QVC beauty products.

And CLICK HERE if you want to read more about other QVC items that I recommend.

And be sure to check out these home favorites from QVC too!

Happy Birthday QVC!

So, happy birthday QVC! I’m proud that I was part of your history for 25 of your 35 years and hope to keep watching you grow for many years to come!

And if you want to take advantage of their FREE SHIPPING CLICK HERE!

xo,

Jill

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