The Time I Met Shana Hiatt
Continuing my LONG overdue series "the time I met" , this time I figured I'd write what would invariably be the most popular one. It's the time I met Shana Hiatt at a WPT Celebrity Invitational event a few years ago when Andy Brenes (or whatever his first name was, it was Humberto's brother) won against the guy from the movie "That Thing You Do".
Anyways ... I got to sit with the WPT staff during the three hour "final three" marathon that was cut down to about 20 minutes of actual video for the Travel Channel. We talked about various WPT personalities including Shana, and everyone agreed she was a great professional and perfect for her role on the show.
Right as those words were right out of Robyn Moder's mouth (Exec VP at WPT), Shana began to cut a promo for the "WPT Poker Chip Set - Exclusively Sold at Target Stores Nationwide!" ... now I remember that exact sentence because it took a good THIRTY DAMN TAKES for Shana to get it right. She just couldn't put three words together for whatever reason, and Sexton got into it and started to razz her, which only cracked her up and made the whole thing worse. It wasn't embarrassing more than it was funny and I am sure it made some blooper reel somewhere.
Once Brenes won the title, us press types were invited to come down and take pictures with our cameras ... (this is the part where you all KILL me). I took a few pics of the winner and all of the team together (Hiatt, Sexton, Van Patten, final table guys, etc).
So they all disperse and Hiatt sits down at a chair at the table right next to where I am standing and proceeds to start chugging down beers that they just cut a promo for. One, gone. Two, gone. Was she looking around for a third?? On her third beer search, in what had to be ten to fifteen minutes she straight up started talking shit to all of us press folks. "You know you want my picture. I want you to take it" and then she did some "sexy" poses. I think the guy next to me nutted right there. I was creeped out since this was getting kinda weird to be in public, and the FEMALE (yes, female) reporter next to me was the feminist type that was so disgusted with the situation she looked at Hiatt, then without even giving me a chance turned to me and said "you're a pig" and took off. I hadn't snapped off a shot at this point (the other guy was going for another memory card) while Hiatt did what can only be considered to be a horrible psuedo-drunk hot girl pose. You know you've seen "that girl" at the bar, she's hot, she's buzzing, and she's trying to act hot and coming off NOT.
I will say this - having met a number of female celebrities in person here in LA, you meet some of them and they are nothing in terms of looks as they are shown on TV. However, our lovely Ms. Hiatt was an absolute 10. Total knockout, unbelievable skin, body, tone, you name it. I would dare say she was hotter in person than she is on TV.
So, yes, the part where you KILL me. I never took a picture, I felt way to scum-baggish to do that, and besides I think the femin-nazi would have burned my car down with a molotov ****tail had I snapped a few off.
And that's the time I met Shana Hiatt. Damn that girl is F-I-N-E fine.