I have gotten sooo many emails asking me where-oh-where Jeff "Thanks for the Jeffrey!" Hewson is these days. Honestly, I don't have a clue. Sorry. Rest assured that Queen Bea is trying though.
In case you don't already know or just need to refresh your memory, Jeff was a QVC host known for selling jewelry in tuxes, singing karaoke, and thanking callers who referred to him as "Jeffrey" instead of the more pedestrian "Jeff." He married another QVC host, Judy Crowell amongst great fanfare--and yes, that's the same Judy that went to HSN and eventually married Paul Deasy.
The QVC fairytale marriage between Jeff and Judy ended practically before the honeymoon began. What happened? No one really knows, but it wasn't an amicable split.
This wonderfully written article, LOVE! DRAMA! SHOPPING! ALL ABOUT QVC!, perfectly captures what it was like to be an avid QVC viewer back when all this drama was unfolding.
According to Kathy Levine's biography, "It's Better to Laugh...," Jeffrey asked for a divorce right before Judy was about to go on the air. Stunned and scared, Judy called Kathy for advice. Angered tremendously that Jeffrey would do this to Judy Kathy told her this: Cry later. This bites but you are a professional. Go out there, smile, and sell whatever you have to sell. Do the best you can. It will all be okay.
Jeff, on the other hand, left QVC and supposedly sued for breech of contract. He then sold his story to the Enquirer--classy move, doncha think?
Allegedly this is the old Enquirer article:
Jeff Hewson, the baby-faced star of QVC, has quit the TV shopping network --because he says his jealous ex-wife made his life a living hell. In a bombshell that rocked the network, Hewson and QVC host Judy Crowell split up three months after they wed in April 1992 -- but they both kept their jobs hosting separate QVC segments.The 38 year old heartthrob claims that immediately after the split Judy began spreading vicious rumors that he was gay and had a serious drinking problem. A furious Hewson resigned from the network on Friday, November 5, saying he was sick of his ex-wife's antics and QVC's refusal to do anything about it.
Astonishingly, Hewson, who says he was QVC's top seller, moving as much as $2.4million worth of gold jewelry in one night, admits their troubles started as far back as their honeymoon. "We were on a yacht in the Mediterranean. Judy started making scenes. She seemed to delight in humiliating me in public," he said. "When we got back home, Judy said, it's not working. I said, let's get some therapy. We haven't given it a chance. But she didn't want to give it a chance. She never even moved into my home. I feel she married me just to get ahead. Judy's love for me was all an act. She went after me because I was a star. She got me to fall in love with her and marry her, thinking the publicity would make her a celebrity. She's a Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Mr. Hyde came out after we married." Hewsen said he threatened to slap QVC bigwigs with a lawsuit if they didn't stop Judy's harassment. But they did nothing. QVC made matters worse when they offered him a ridiculous new 5 year contract. "I would have earned less than I did two years ago. When I looked at that, and thought of my ex-wife's viciousness, I decided I'd had enough," he said.
When contacted by the ENQUIRER, Judy Crowell had no comment. Hewson now hopes to land a job hosting a TV game show and he's thrilled to finally be rid of his ex-wife. "The biggest favor Judy ever did for me was to walk out of my life," he said.
"She's put me through a horrendous year, but it's time to move on. My fans will definitely see me again -- a lot happier and with an even more beautiful woman."