DID YOU catch Eagle Brandon Boykin on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Sunday night?
He was the guest bartender on the Andy Cohen-hosted Bravo talk show that gets celebs sauced up and chatty. Sunday's ep featured "Fashion Queens" host Bevy Smith and Cynthia Bailey of "Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Turns out Boykin, and his fiancee, Tess Echols, are big fans of the chat show and love "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"; they hail from Georgia. "She was like, 'Do you know how big of a deal that is?' " Boykin told me about his fiancee's reaction to going on the show. "She said sitting in the live audience was one of the coolest things she's ever experienced."
I hear producers had their eye on Boykin before his management team offered him up as a possible guest. A rep told me that as soon as producers heard "Eagles," they asked for Boykin.
But that's not all. Best-selling author Cohen is a sports fan (he's part of the St. Louis Cardinals faithful) and immediately approached Boykin before Sunday's show. "That was a huge game," Cohen told Boykin, referring to the massive Thanksgiving win over Dallas, even referring to Boykin plays in other games.
Boykin got quite a bit more airtime than the normal beefcake who mans the bar, and Cohen was so pleased with his performance that I hear he asked the cornerback to come back on his show ASAP.
Although Boykin tells me he was just sipping cranberry juice on set, if he were to make a cocktail ("not super-bartender style," Boykin clarified), he would go with a simple whiskey-and-lemonade combination.
Congrats to "Good Day Philadelphia" co-host Mike Jerrick, who's become a grandfather for the second time. Jack Michael was born to Jerrick's daughter Jill on Thanksgiving Day in Colorado, where Jerrick jet-setted to see the new addition to his family.
Jack came five weeks earlier than expected. Jerrick posted on Instagram: "Brave since birth! Courageous through many trials in life. Will be the same as mom to her son Jack Michael. I love you and am so proud of you. We all are. Welcome JM! From MJ."
Want to be in "Creed," the "Rocky" sequel set to start shooting in Philadelphia in late January, and wrapping up in March?
Heery Casting is looking for people (Latinos and African-Americans are especially in demand), ages 18 to 70, for background work. To make it in the movies, go to South Philadelphia High School (2101 S. Broad St.) from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday with a current picture of yourself. If you're a SAG-AFTRA member, show up between 10 and 11 a.m.
The movie, starring Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station," the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, my dreams), is about Apollo Creed's grandson stepping into the ring, and has already locked down cameos from Sylvester Stallone and boxer Tony Bellew.
For more info, go to heerycasting.com.
WMGK's annual John DeBella Turkey Drop gave away a record number of turkeys this T'giving. The food giveaway raised 10,685 (in turkeys and monetary equivalents) from listeners, blasting the previous record of 10,003 turkeys. "I am floating on air . . . and if you've ever seen the size of me, that takes a lot of air!" DeBella told me via email.
* I hear Philly's own R&B goddess Jazmine Sullivan ("Bust Your Windows") attended the 21st birthday party of up-and-coming actor and rapper Bryshere Y. Gray, a/k/a Yazz the Greatest, on Saturday at Ms. Tootsie's (1312 South St.). Gray will get his first big break in Fox's "Empire," created by West Philly's own Lee Daniels ("Precious") and starring Plymouth Meeting's Terrence Howard as a Jay Z/Diddy-esque hip-hop mogul dealing with his uncertain legacy. Sullivan is prepping an upcoming album for 2015. The Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts grad recently had a Twitter chat with Missy Elliott about another collaboration, which would make this gossip columnist so very, very happy.
* 6ABC's Melissa Magee stopped by the Christmas Village, the annual Christmas extravaganza at LOVE Park , this weekend. Magee was there for the new concert series, featuring lady group Good Girls. Christmas Village runs through Dec. 28.
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