Tribute to Marilyn Dennis and her loyal followers!

Marilyn Dennis Show guests from her last show.Marilyn Dennis Show guests from her last show.

On Friday, June 9, Marilyn Dennis leaves the airwaves with the ultimate episode of The Marilyn Dennis Present. The visitor specialists had been invited again for one final shock hurray to thank Marilyn for all she has given to so many by way of the present.

Listed below are some behind-the-scenes ideas and photographs from the most recent present.

On a private word

I’ve been on tv with Marilyn Dennis for about 30 years. I actually cannot consider how fortunate I used to be to fulfill and work with this wonderful girl.

I keep in mind my first day at Cityline with Marilyn, round 1994, when Benjamin Moore requested me to fill in for Leslie Harrington (Leslie was a senior designer at Benjamin Moore on the time and had moved to the US). Metropolis line it was on present at instances with out web, cable or social media. On this age you get solutions from TV!

I used to be very reluctant at first, as my work at Benjamin Moore was targeted on designing and drafting retail shops, not choosing colours or answering questions. However having been educated all my life in trend, coloration and textiles by my grandmother (she was a miller and seamstress), I knew I may do that naturally, even when I did not really feel certified. Even a level in inside design did not put together me for tv!

Nonetheless, I continued Metropolis line. On this first present, I talked about exterior stains. Marilyn made me really feel comfy and relaxed, though I keep in mind sweating by way of my silk shirt. Sure, it was 90s trend! Even my palms received sweaty!

Through the years I’ve been lucky to proceed to work with Marilyn as an incredible, considerate and educated host. This was the period the place you probably did every thing as a visitor – portray, tuning and supply. All the pieces! There have been no “individuals” to assist with this. You had been “the individuals” and Marilyn was all the time prepared to get entangled. She was all the time able to get her palms soiled!

The host with essentially the most

It takes an amazing quantity of poise to remain grounded, attentive, and related to your viewers and visitors day in and time out. If a number makes it look simple, that is their reward (as a result of it is not simple). Think about doing radio too, proper earlier than you go on air! OMG Marilyn!

Marilyn is so good. She is an underrated celebrity. In different elements of the world will probably be referred to as a triple menace however her humble and sort persona permits her to be wonderful at what she does and approachable on the similar time. We’re so blessed to have loved her for therefore lengthy on Canadian tv.

And yet another thought

When Marilyn began Metropolis linewas the period of tv in Canada the place the visitor it was the professional. Individuals had been invited to exhibits due to their information and expertise, not due to their seems to be, age or outrageous conduct.

Within the US, the anchor is simply the anchor. The content material is generated by the producer, advertisers and executives. The host was not thought of an professional. Right here in Canada, we have been very fortunate to articulate actual content material that hasn’t been reworked or produced by others after which delivered by the host – right here the host is a part of the method.

With the top of The Marilyn Dennis Present, it actually is the top of an period. We hope to see a brand new alternative that continues to permit true specialists to current content material in their very own phrases and utilizing their very own experience. With out wonderful individuals like Marilyn supporting it, professional content material on a widespread and accessible platform may develop into a factor of the previous. It is exhausting to foretell the longer term and what’s subsequent!


A last thanks to Marilyn, her wonderful workforce and her specialists. I’m humbled and grateful for all these years. It is by no means goodbye, simply see you quickly.

All the very best to you Marilyn for the longer term!

Behind the scenes

And now, listed here are these promised behind-the-scenes photographs.

Getting ready for my final look with Marilyn. I actually cannot see anymore with out sporting glasses to placed on make-up. I might need make-up smeared throughout my face. 😂

Arriving on the studio the place the visitors are hiding! I actually cannot pose! No pink carpets for me!

All visitor specialists wait collectively in one other studio. (Marilyn has no thought we’re right here!)

The wonderful Andrew Pike rehearsed the presentation.

The attractive Tommy Smith waits backstage, rehearsing his presentation.

Rehearsal within the studio with all of the specialists earlier than the present

Present time!

Marilyn’s final stroll within the studio. Sure, these are tears.

Marilyn spent greater than 30 years in Canadian tv. That is wonderful! And it all the time seems to be nice! Look again

A number of the wonderful specialists who’ve labored with Marilyn over time!

These lovely women are all about magnificence and trend ideas! Left to proper: Veronica Chu, Antonia Fifi, Janet Jackson.

Excellent Steven Sabados.

Superb Mana Mansoor.

Inventive Kasia Waloszczyk.

The wonderful Meredith Shaw.

Intelligent Andrew Pike.

The proficient Scott McGillivray.

Humorous Owen Reeves and entrepreneur Michael Penny.

Fashionista Amanda Aerin.

It was such an incredible group of Canadian specialists in a single place on the similar time. I did not handle to get photos of among the different wonderful specialists, just like the spectacular Oliver Bonacini, the hilarious Lynn Crawford, the very good Sebastian Sentner, and the superior Rodney Bowers.

And whereas I used to be driving residence within the cab from Marilyn’s final present.

I’m unhappy and homesick, however most of all I’m humbled and grateful to have met so many wonderful individuals and been taught by the very best.

Thanks to Marilyn’s wonderful producers, cameramen, director and the complete CTV workforce! It was an actual pleasure working with them and attending to know one another. This group is the very best (having labored within the US in TV, it’s well-known that Canadian groups and expertise are thought of the very best).

Thanks jx

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