For over three decades, QVC has thrilled and entertained audiences around the world with their incredible home shopping show. They have built their viewership count to over 350 million and the show has expanded with more channels in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, and Japan.
Without a doubt, the success of the show can be attributed to its dizzying array of hosts, they make the show come alive in no small manner. These hosts come with their own drama and many of them have had to leave the show for a number of reasons, much to the annoyance or gratitude of viewers. Here is a list of QVC hosts who either left the show or were fired by the television giant.
7 QVC Hosts Fired or Left
1. Dan Wheeler
This accomplished television personality spent several years working as a host on QVC before deciding he was going to quit. He built a successful career for himself on QVC and earned a lot of money for doing that. He was able to afford his dream lifestyle and might have continued for many more years had his wife not developed cancer. Although Dan tried to continue with his job for a while, watching his wife fight through her sickness made him realize he wanted to do much more with his life.
He decided he was going to seize every moment of his life from then onwards so he quit QVC to focus on spreading his ministry of love. Although the viewers were very sad to see Dan Wheeler go, he was happy to be moving on to what he felt was his calling in life – to spread God’s word to other people the way his wife spent her life loving him and the people around her.
2. Lisa Robertson
Lisa is a long-time QVC host who spent 20 years on the shopping channel. She began working with QVC in 1995 and as the years passed, she became one of the most famous faces on the channel. Her charm and humor drew in over 20 million viewers every week who watched her talk about her love for beauty and fashion.
Prior to joining the channel, Lisa was crowned Miss Tennessee. She was also a trained and gifted classical violinist. She hosted several shows for the channel, the most popular among them were The Lisa Robertson Show, Ask Lisa About Style, Friday Night Beauty, and PM Style.
Lisa announced that she was leaving the show in December 2014, explaining that her reason for quitting was to discover and go on a new adventure. She told the viewers that although she was sad to be leaving them and all the friends she had made at QVC, she wanted to see what else was out there in the world for her.
Lisa also thanked them for their love and support throughout the years and asked that they keep on showering her with their love in the years to come. She is currently devoting her time to running her store, as well as building her brand and website where she sells jewelry and shares delicious recipes.
3. Jacque Gonzales
Although QVC is primarily a shopping channel that provides a convenient way for people to discover amazing products and new goods that they buy on television, the show has also helped launch the television careers of several notable on-air personalities, such as Jacque Gonzales.
The Mexican-American host gave 15 years of her life to QVC. She was beloved by viewers for her product presentations and descriptions, celebrity interviews, and her writings which she shared on the show’s blog. Jacque had a reputation for building honest relationships with fans of her show, and she was fond of sharing personal tidbits about what was going on in her life like the time she thought she had cancer in 2016 after she found a mass in one of her breasts.
The revered QVC host announced on May 22, 2017, that she would be leaving the channel after 15 glorious years to focus on other aspects of her life. This news came as a shock to her fans, especially as Jacque did not reveal what she was going to be doing next or even the reason she was leaving. However, it is believed in some quarters that she left the show so as to start a shopping channel of her own called talkshop.live.
4. Albany Irvin
Albany Irvin is a woman who has excelled at many things in her professional life. She has worked as a brand strategist, corporate speaker, sales expert, and most notably, television host on the leading shopping channel QVC. She joined the network in 2009 as a host on their shows for high-tech beauty and electronics products.
Her ability to distill complex information into messages that are easy to understand quickly established her as a fan favorite. She has an energetic, captivating, and engaging screen presence. Asides her work in front of the camera, Albany also worked as a sales manager and brand strategist for QVC and its investor programs.
She communicated her decision to leave QVC in December 2016, in order to spend time with her family and decide what to do with the next phase of her life. Following her departure, Albany launched a company in 2017 which focuses on creating, branding and selling various products for different consumer markets.
5. Bob Bowersox
At the height of his career, Bob Bowersox was one of the most famous television personalities and hosts on the QVC network. He worked on the channel for many years, appearing on several of the shows. Most notably, he was part of the show In the Kitchen with Bob where he talked about all kinds of kitchen products, ranging from dining to cookware.
The professional way with which he handled his job endeared him to the viewing public in a short time. His resignation and goodbye statement left fans of the show devastated and crushed. Although Bob revealed that he was resigning so he could chase his dreams of working as an actor and writer, it was later revealed that he had had no intention of quitting but was forced to after he discovered that QVC did not renew his contract at the end of 2008.
True to his word, Bob went after a career in acting and writing and has in fact found commendable success in both. He has also found his way back to home shopping television as he currently works as a host on ShopNBC, where he serves as a guest expert, sharing his knowledge of cooking and kitchen appliances with the public. This fan favorite is back to helping consumers decide what products are best for them and their kitchens.
6. Dave King
Dave King was one of the earliest television hosts to sign with the QVC channel. He devoted his talent and time to help them sell all manner of electronic goods for decades until he left abruptly in 2008. He was loved by the viewers for his easygoing and personable nature. He had a real talent for putting on a good show and selling stuff, so fans tuned in thousands to watch his shows. There are many speculations that have been made as to why Dave King left the network, but the former QVC host is yet to confirm or deny any of it.
Some people believe he was fired because of low sales and his age while others have claimed that he lost his job because of QVC’s discriminatory attitude towards their black and ethnic minority staff. Whatever the reason was, Dave King has since moved on from that job to embrace a career in Hollywood. He has also been offered a job as a host on the QVC rival network ShopNBC.
7. Judy Crowell
Judy was one of the very first faces to get hired as a host on QVC. After more than a decade holding down the position and helping viewers make sense of the confusing world that is shopping, she decided to leave the channel in 2003. Although she didn’t give her reason for quitting, it is believed that she left due to her marriage to fellow QVC host, Paul Deasy. She and her husband then went on to work for HSN, featuring as a host on their shows and selling all kinds of products.
Eventually, Judy left her position at HSN in 2008 to work on her own businesses and focus on starting a family with her loving husband. After a long hiatus, she returned to the home shopping industry in 2015 as a host for ShopNBC, alongside her husband.
The couple has appeared together in the same shows, forging a delightful on-screen partnership that the viewers love and enjoy coming back to every week.
Judy has also served as a host on Evine where she and her husband reviewed jewelry and other gems in order to convince viewers to spend their money on these items. She has established herself as one of the leading hosts in the business of retail home shopping.