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September 17, 2007
The 'Inside' scoop

photo_deborah.jpgDeborah Norville isn't letting any red carpet fibers stick to her stilettos after the Emmy Awards, which she covered in L.A. Sunday night for "Inside Edition."

She was in Sacramento today promoting "Inside," which she's anchored for almost 12 years and which airs at 7:30 weeknights on Channel 10. Tonight's show? Her Emmy wrap-up.

I caught up with Deborah by phone before she headed back east. (She lives in New York City). We exchanged red carpet verbage. You know, likes and dislikes. Who wowed. Who didn't. Of course, because I wasn't actually in Hollywood, her take on the scene was different from mine. (See my blogs from Sunday night, below.)

"It’s interesting to see everything from the perspective of being on the sidelines," she says. "What you see at home is very structured and polished. You don’t see the chaos in between. And I think sometimes we’re (networks) remiss in not showing that."

"Inside Edition" had two cameras on the carpet, so the stars were usually within reach of at least one interviewer. Deborah says she also keeps her eyes on the stars' publicists, who might be pushing two celebs at you at once - someone viewers recognize and someone they might not.

"We try to be as accommodating as possible, but we only have a finite amount of time to tape," Deborah says. "Cable TV, however, with two hours can end up talking to everyone, including the limo driver."

We also compared fashion notes, and we both agreed that "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria was, well, hot!

"She looked spectacular, and she's no bigger than a pencil," Deborah says. "Eva is also very kind and sweet."

Deborah added that she didn't think "Project Runway" host and supermodel Heidi Klum looked like, er, Heidi Klum.

"There's a softness about her that makes her so appealing across the board. She's both sexy and sweet," she says. "But last night, her makeup artist didn’t do her a favor with the red lips and heavily drawn eyes."

Another trend neither of us liked was long hair that was coifed to look short. Think Heidi and Ellen Pompeo. Waaay too much of a time commitment.

Of course, Deborah got to see the scads of jewelry up close and personal, too, and declared it all to be "unbelieveable." And, yes, it was pretty toasty on the carpet, with a number of publicists looking for tissues to wipe their clients' brows.

Interesting programming note: On Tuesday night's "Inside Edition," the show will profile Estelle Rees-Arroyo who, at age 90, is attending Sacramento State. Bee staff writer Cynthia Hubert 's story appeared in The Bee last week. To read it, click here.

Next up for Deborah? She'll be interviewing presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C.

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