'Gossip' spreads at the 'Hurst

Mercyhurst College has its very own Gossip Girls. Junior Kristen Ribelli and sophomores Paula Siedlecka and Kristen Grenga host Hurst TV’s talk show “Gossip Girls.”

The three hosts discuss the latest fashions and celebrity and entertainment gossip.

“We are trying to build into the show a little bit of our personalities,” Ribelli said. This includes talking about things like weekend plans, she said. “The show is all our opinions, so the viewers really get to know who we really are.”

The girls say that their favorite things to do on the show are the different segments. Some of these segments include reviewing red carpet dresses, matching up celebrities and the ‘Love it or Hate it’ segment.

“I absolutely love being a host,” Ribelli said. “It is a lot of fun just sitting on camera, talking about the latest celebrity gossip. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that!”

“We all have a lot of fun (hosting),” Grenga added. “I love looking at celebrity gossip anyway, so I might as well talk about it.”

Graduate student Nadine Zinram Bower, the production manager for “Gossip Girls,” said she hopes the show will have a steady viewership.

“The start of the show has been a little rough, because the hosts took it over from three girls who did the show last year,” Bower said. “The new girls are still getting used to being in front of the camera and working as a team, but I’m sure it will all fall in place very soon.”

Ribelli, Siedlecka, and Grenga meet every Wednesday to lay out what to do on the show and film on Thursdays. “It takes a week of collecting info and thinking about what would be entertaining for our audience,” Ribelli said.

“Watch the show,” Grenga said. “We hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoy making it.”

New episodes of “Gossip Girls” air every Friday night at 6 p.m. on channel 19. Re-runs air Monday and Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m.