“Top Chef” contestant Carla Pellegrino confirmed on Thursday she is no longer involved in the Meatball Spot pizza restaurant at Town Square.
The Meatball Spot will relocate to Planet Hollywood, where it will reopen next to the theater where Britney Spears has signed a residency deal.
Spears will have a slice of the Meatball Spot’s ownership group, sources confirmed.
“It was done very amicably. I fulfilled my contract,” Pellegrino said by telephone from Los Angeles.
“I’m trying to do other projects — a second Bratalian — and I wanted to focus on these,” she said.
She was the face of the Meatball Spot when it opened in September. The partnership included Tom Racine and Charissa Davidovici.
ESPN host Colin Cowherd will do a remote broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. next Friday from Born and Raised, 7620 S. Cimarron Road. Cowherd launched his career in Las Vegas in 1987 when he worked as the play-by-play voice of the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League and turned his internship at NBC affiliate KVBC-TV, Channel 3 (now KSNV), into Nevada’s five-time Sportscaster of the Year as sports director. He is being inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on Aug. 17 at the Red Rock Resort.
Tedd Florendo ends his nine-year stint at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, on Sunday. Recently promoted to weekend anchor, he got an offer he couldn’t refuse: weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter in Philadelphia. “I couldn’t pass up a job offered from the No. 4-ranked market in the nation,” Florendo said. “I want to set an example for other Filipinos to go into broadcast journalism,” he said, adding there are no Filipinos in the top 10 news markets.
Entertainment reporter and reality show star Alicia Jacobs has a speaking role in her first film, “Sins of Our Youth,” which started a four-week shoot here on Monday. The cast includes Joel Courtney, who starred in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” Lucas Till of “X-Men: First Class,” Mitchel Musso of “Hannah Montana” and Ally Sheedy. Several Las Vegas extras have been hired for a month of shooting. Filming has taken place near the M Resort, the First Good Shepherd Church and the Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Comedy hypnotist Marc Savard and wife Joanna are expecting their fourth child, all girls, any day now. The Savards are trying to pick out a name that begins with “L” because the first three daughters are named Genevieve, Isabel and Renee. An “L” name seemed the obvious choice to complete the GIRL wordplay. “And with the S for Savard, it’s GIRLS,” said the Planet Hollywood headliner.
Actor Carel Struycken, best known for his role as Lurch the gangly butler in “The Addams Family” film, appeared at the “Star Trek” convention at the Rio on Thursday. Also there: “Star Trek” cast members Grace Lee Whitney (Janet Rand), Lois Jewell (Drusilla), and Lawrence Montaigne (Decius and Stonn), a part-time drama instructor at UNLV. ... Former Las Vegas headliner Pia Zadora, with her son at Blue Man Group (Monte Carlo). They went backstage afterwards and took photos with the cast members.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Brigham Young University has been named the top sober school in America for the 16th year in a row. The students celebrated by having the worst party ever.” — Conan O’Brien
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