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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 11:33 a.m.
Celebrity Wife Swap
Tempers are frayed and sparks fly on ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” tonight when actor Eric Roberts’ wife, Eliza Garrett, spends a week with me in the glitz and non-stop action of Las Vegas.
We filmed a luxury lifestyle at locations that included “Top Chef” cheftestant Angelo Sosa’s Poppy Den in Tivoli Village and Wolfgang Puck’s Cut steakhouse in Palazzo.
It was a fish-out-of-water scenario for Eliza, who had to trade in her flip-flops to wear heels for the first time in 20 years. We also had to bring in a hair and makeup artist because she had to look glamorous for the Las Vegas high life instead of her routine of staying home in sweats for frozen pizza dinners.
But when it came time to play by her rules, the Bentley went bye bye, and I had to take a Smart Car to a diner.
Meantime at Eric and Eliza’s home in the hills of the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, my longtime good friend actress Joan Severance, who is a regular Las Vegas visitor, moved into their guest tree house. She had to cope with cats and squirrels having the run of the kitchen and organizing, until exhausted, the actor’s professional life.
It’s reality television at its finest with cameras rolling from sunrise to sunset capturing every private remark and awkward facial expression. It’s confrontational, yet hysterically funny. Wait until you see all four of us sit down at the round table to discuss what has to be changed in our lives that we learned from the other couple.
Las Vegas is getting a lot of exposure on Season 3 of the hit show. Last week, it was Planet Hollywood headliner Jermaine Jackson, and, coming up, Rio headliner magician headliner Penn Jillette and his wife, Emily, swap with a New York couple.
“Celebrity Wife Swap” airs at 10 p.m. PT on ABC.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.