Nice to know that E! News correspondent Ashlan Gorse got to have a little fun this weekend for the July 4th holiday.
The real-life Southern belle spent her Independence Day hosting a sparkly celebration at Cathouse restaurant inside Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.
It was a good break before her duties for today: keeping up running commentary on the Michael Jackson memorial service, airing live on virtually every network beginning at 1 p.m. EST.
“This is such a devastating loss for entertainment,” Ashlan tells the TV Divagal.
“Michael was one of the most influential performers of all time.
While Ashlan has never met Michael, she shares that he touched so many other stars.
“Every entertainer I have interviewed, from Beyonce, Keith Urban and Usher to Sheryl Crow, they have all said MJ was an huge influence on their career choice and their music.
“Michael was on my top list of people to meet, sad I will never get the chance to shake his hand.”
Me too, Ashlan.
Catch Ashlan’s commentary today on E! Network.