The inimitable Carson Kressley shows off his abilities as an awards show emcee tonight (11/11) on the American Humane Association’s “Hero Dog Awards,” which “isn’t exactly the Golden Globes, but it’s a start,” he says.
It also happens to be Carson’s birthday, and the long-time animal advocate and doggie devotee couldn’t be happier about sharing his day with the group of corageous and care-giving canines who became finalists in this first annual event honoring top dogs.
“It’s amazing to see these stories of rescue dogs on 9/11, dogs serving in Iraq” — appropriately enough, this Veterans Day — “and dogs helping people with disabilities live a more full life. It runs the gamut,” he says.
Not only that, “The dogs were actually better behaved than most celebrities at awards shows. No one called each other names or touched me inappropriately,” he says of the service animals present for the affair in the famous Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom.
As far as taking on hosting chores, Carson tells us, “I have people over all the time, and it was just like that, except Betty White and Peter Fonda were there. I think the producers did a great job making a top-notch event. I was shocked by how glamorous and well-run it turned out to be.” The affair also attracted Julianne Hough, Michael Vartan, Pauley Perrette, Joey Lawrence, Victoria Stilwell, Faith Ford and other celebs.
Plus, “I got to have a TV moment with Betty White,” Carson says. “Of course, she’s such a legend. I got to interview her and I said, ‘You’re the most loved celebrity in Hollywood,’ and she said, ‘No I’m not.’ And I said, ‘Yes you are!’…
“She’s so professional, so old school, she had her script memorized,” he adds. Nevertheless, there was a brief moment of confusion involving the Teleprompter, and Carson stepped forward onstage and “tapped her on the shoulder. She turned around and said, ‘Who told you you could touch me?!’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And then she embraced me and I knew we were good to go,” he brightly relates. The recent “Dancing With the Stars” contestant then danced the octogenarian Golden Girl off the stage.
Carson says he will soon be celebrating his birthday with a trip to Buenos Aires, “now that I know how to tango, and before I forget.”