Rick Harrison has seen more pitches than a 40-year-old baseball catcher.
“Every single day,” said Harrison, who appears tonight on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” “Everybody’s got a bar or a barbershop and they want me to produce their show.”
Or take part in travel show, he added.
“I tell ‘em, ‘Don’t you realize, I’ve got a show, businesses, properties, rentals, and I’m supposed to travel with you?’
“They want me to host TV shows, radio shows. I’m usually working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” said Harrison, who has been churning out episodes since the popularity of “Pawn Stars” blew up in 2009.
“I just got an offer for another book deal. I just don’t have the time,” he said.
MARRANDINO MIGHT RETURN TO LAS VEGAS
Former Las Vegas gaming executive Don Marrandino was seen checking out the Hard Rock Hotel in recent days.
Is he checking back in?
There’s been speculation he might return to Las Vegas. He left Caesars Entertainment as eastern division president 16 months ago.
Marrandino, now 53, ran the Hard Rock Hotel for less than a year, starting in late 2001, before moving to Wynn Las Vegas for a brief period as its first general manager.
Entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs tweeted Tuesday that Marrandino is “returning as a top exec @HardRockHotelLV. Expect major entertainment acts.”
He dropped a hint 2½ years ago about his interest in the Hard Rock in an interview with the Press of Atlantic City. When asked whether a Hard Rock was in Caesars Entertainment’s plans, he positively gushed about the brand.
“I am as big a fan of the Hard Rock brand as anybody,” he told the newspaper. “I believe in the brand. I believe the brand is young, innovative and edgy.”
Marrandino left Las Vegas for Atlantic City in 2009 after serving as president of Harrah’s, the Flamingo, Bill’s Gamblin Hall & Saloon and O’Shea’s.
CALL OF THE WILD
I got a 6:15 a.m. wakeup call Friday, courtesy of a wild turkey on the campus of Montana State University-Billings. The feisty birds are famous for roaming the campus and stalking students with snacks.
Of course, my marketing-minded wife, Cara, ever in Chamber of Commerce mode, thought it would be a buzz-worthy idea to replace the school’s nickname/mascot, the Yellowjackets, with, ta-da, the Wild Turkeys.
My gratitude to MSU-B for inviting me to deliver the commencement address Saturday to nearly 1,000 graduates. The setting was MetraPark, a 12,500-seat arena where rising star Garth Brooks once opened for The Judds.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, Steve Lawrence, Rich Little and Steve Rossi were among the capacity crowd at Bob Anderson’s Frank Sinatra showcase on Sunday at The Venetian. The production received raves. The hunch here: If Wynn doesn’t buy into Anderson’s big-band show for the run-up to Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration (Dec. 12, 2015) the reason would be because he prefers building a story-driven show around Lawrence’s long association with Sinatra.
Justin Bieber, hanging out with Kylie Jenner and model Yovanna Ventura during their Las Vegas getaway. Bieber, in town to accompany Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring on Saturday, was spotted at the Hard Rock Hotel and on a balcony overlooking the Palms’ Ditch Fridays pool party. Jenner is a close friend of Bieber’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. … Partying at Rehab (Hard Rock) on Sunday: Khloé Kardashian and new boyfriend French Montana, Flo Rida, Young Jeezy and Lil Durk. … Mario Lopez, hosting a Cinco de Mayo party at Hyde Bellagio. … At the Mayweather fight: Bieber, Kardashian, Michael J. Fox, Puff Daddy, Joe and Nick Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Barry Pepper, Peter Facinelli, Dave Chappelle, Kat Williams, Juan Pablo Galavis, Rick Ross, Tyrese, Bow Wow, Lopez and Antoine Fuqua.
THE PUNCH LINE
“A new study found that a growing number of dog owners are giving their pets anti-anxiety medication as a way to calm them down and reduce unwanted stress in their lives. Then dogs said, “Or, you could just sell the vacuum cleaner.” — Jimmy Fallon
Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.