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POP Profile: Jennifer Koppelman Hutt Talks About Her New Radio Show, And The One Question She’d Prefer Never To Be Asked Again

After six years doing radio with media partner-in-crime Alexis Stewart, Jennifer Hutt is taking center stage with her own Sirius XM Radio show, “Just Jenny.”

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You may have heard of radio personality Jennifer Hutt from her longtime radio show (and cable TV show) with Alexis Stewart, “Whatever! with Alexis and Jennifer!” Now, after six years doing radio with media partner-in-crime Alexis, the two have parted ways both personally and professionally, and Hutt is taking center stage with her own Sirius XM Radio show, ‘Just Jenny.’

Hutt was a lawyer before beginning a friendship Alexis, daughter of Martha Stewart, when the two’s “Odd Couple” style friendship catapulted them into the world of media. Hutt’s unique sense of humor, irreverence and chatty persona made her a natural for the gab-friendly world of radio.

POP goes The Week spoke with Hutt about her new show, her very public weight loss, and the one question she hopes she won’t have to answer ever again.

I’m always curious to know how people get their start – tell me how your life as a media personality began.

I was working as a personal assistant for my dad. Alexis Stewart and I became friends and she asked me to do a radio show with her. But, arguably, people who know me since way back when would say I’ve always been a media personality!

You’ve done both TV and radio – I’m sure both have the fun sides – what is it that you love about radio?

I love the intimacy of radio and the immediate connection with the fans. I feel like they are my friends… My show is a group effort between the listeners and me. I like being accessible to them and their accessibility to me keeps me going. I love the honesty of radio… And the no need for hair and makeup!

Folks who know you know about the radio show with Alexis Stewart ending – there was a lot of press about it. How does it feel to be completely in the driver’s seat with this show Mind you, you’ve done the show solo for a while, but how does it feel and does it affect how you approach things topic-wise? Is there a new approach that you didn’t have with “Whatever” with Alexis and Jennifer?

I was always the driver of the show even with Alexis because I’m naturally more talkative. So steering a conversation just feels normal. I’m a talker!

You’ve got quite a LOYAL fan base! Do you find that you have become friends with a lot of people who are frequent listeners?

I’ve definitely formed friendships with listeners, which is so cool. These are people I’d never have met were it not for my shows. I feel incredibly lucky that people have been interested enough to get to know me.

What is the new show you’ll be working on – give me all the details! What’s it all about?

The new show is “just Jenny” – it’s on SiriusXM Stars Channel 107, Monday through Friday at 1pm. It is about everything that touches all of us from the super serious to the super mundane… I will take calls and try to help listeners with their stuff while slogging through my own! No topic is off limits! (Editor’s note: It re-airs on Sunday nights at 6pm ET on Stars as well.)

Are you ever shocked by what a listener call in and says? Are there ‘rules’? Since this is Sirius, that means anything can happen, yes?

No rules. In some ways I’m always shocked, and yet I’ve never been shocked. We all are crazy in some way!

In the course of your public life, people have seen you shed weight before their eyes! How much weight would you say you lost?

67-70 pounds depending on the morning!

Tell me about that process… how do you feel now, and was it easier or harder to tackle that being a public person?

I did not think about the public perception of me while losing weight…I just focused on doing it. And I don’t think I realized how different I was starting to look until some listeners saw me on a webcam and commented. I think the stress of maintaining my weight loss is harder knowing that I am being watched – although in a way that’s helpful because it keeps me working hard! Weight issues are a curious thing because we cannot hide/deny our physicalities. People see us whether we’re fat or thin…and always make determinations about how we should be. It is nice that my listeners are supportive of my efforts at this point… And I am always forthcoming about how my struggle never ends (as I eat chocolate Twizzlers now while typing because I can’t seem to find something healthy!)

So this explains “Tales from the Treadmill” – which is you, staying healthy and distracted while you exercise!

I do a lot of video blogging from my treadmill. I answer listeners/viewers questions while exercising. Sometimes I even livestream from my treadmill. Keeps me exercising longer!

When you see yourself in old clips or photos – what comes to mind?

I was fat!!!!!

Okay, then! Do you do New Year resolutions? What are yours?

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions really but I’ll challenge myself to not be so damn neurotic.

Um, okay, you know THAT begs a follow up – how are you neurotic? You seem completely normal when I see you. (Then again we’re both wearing headphones and talking on the radio when I see you.) Fess up… how are you crazy?

I’m a ruminator! I start thinking about something and cannot stop. I will focus on whether or not my kids are ok. Or if I’m making the right business decision… or should I call this person or not call. Did I say the wrong thing? Did I do the wrong thing? I will sometimes ruminate/dwell on past experiences that can’t be changed.

I will be neurotic about my weight – weigh myself almost every day and feel insane over slight fluctuations. I will ruminate over things I cannot change in the immediate future or about things I cannot control. I tend to look too far into the future rather than paying attention to the present!

So in other words, you’re like a lot of us! 😉 But I could potentially accuse you of being a chronic tweeter! You are a TREMENDOUSLY connected woman – I see you tweeting at all hours! How much sleep do you get? Is that blackberry/iPhone on a chain connected to you? Is it always nearby? Talk to me about social networking and how it’s played a role in your show.

I do not sleep restfully. And I do tend to be over-connected.

Social media is terrific because it keeps a dialogue going between me and the listener/viewer. I love that. I like catering to their needs… As a personality/entertainer/helper. It fuels me. I love to help people feel better. And the interaction makes me feel im not alone… So it benefits all of us!

But I definitely overuse my devices… I could work on that.

You’ve done a lot of interviews… If you could BANISH ONE QUESTION from ever being asked of you again – the one question that you’re simply tired of answering – what would it be and why?

Ugh. I’m tired of discussing my break up with my former cohost/coauthor Alexis Stewart. People want some crazy story but there isn’t one…

Where can people ‘find’ you online – and what else should people know?

I just want people to check out my show and my site, JustJenny.com. I love to connect. I think we can all learn from each other, and life becomes a little less painful when we laugh through the struggle. I like to remind people of that, and be reminded when I forget to see the humor. There is always humor!

Check out Jennifer Hutt on Sirius, and follow her on TWITTER, or visit JustJenny.com!

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What’s Brian Tryin’? The Crispy Sandwich Maker by Apod!

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This weekend I tried out a new product that’s been crowdsourcing on IndieGogo. (The link is here.)

It’s called a Crispy Sandwich Maker, made by Apod.

I always love trying out a new gadget, so it was fun to see how this one would play out.  What makes this one a bit different than most sandwich makers is that this only requires just one single slice of bread to make a compact, easy to eat snack that can be sweet or savory. It can be used over a gas stove flame, or, with caution, a campfire, although the design’s arm length better lends itself to a smaller flame like a home kitchen stove.

Because I love a s’more, I decided to do an interpretation of that using  nutella spread and marshmallow spread. My friend John and I were happily making these little sandwiches in the kitchen while I friends taste tested the results along the way.

While the product description says that it requires no oil, we did decide to butter the bread to give a nice brown color to the sandwich, although it could easily be done without it.

The results of the nutella and marshmallow spread crispy sandwiches were consistent and delicious. After about two minutes per side, sandwiches were golden brown and the inside filling was oozy and delicious.

Then it was on to make a savory snack in the form of a crispy ham and cheese with dijon. Again, about two minutes on each side over the flame was just enough to brown the bread and warm up the savory fillings.

This was a fun gadget to play with, and the results were delicious. All in all, everyone gave the results a thumbs up!

To be part of this indiegogo campaign, visit this link!

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign

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As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!

THE DINING ROOM

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

Move the slider dividing the image to see all of the before or all of the after!

Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!

ON TO THE GUEST BEDROOM!

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THE GUEST BEDROOM

Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!

 

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THE GAME ROOM

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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from PoolTables.com and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!

 

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect

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Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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