2:30 PM -- The carpet is about to open. All the journalists and publicists are in position! It’s a different set up this year (better) and we have great position.
And thank goodness it’s not raining!
3 PM — Dish — First interview is my buddy Scott Bakula! His new hit show is on TNT (“Men of a Certain Age”), which is the broadcaster for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and it’s great to see him here tonight! Asked him all about playing “Chuck’s” dad — he wouldn’t tell me anything!
3:24 PM — The Dish is with “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Access’ Shaun Robinson is talking with Edie Falco. Edie is telling Shaun how “fulfilling and fun” working on “Nurse Jackie” is for her.
Dish — Jesse Tyler Ferguson told me that Sofia Vergara will have an encounter with a giant cupcake and somehow his character will end up in HER clothes! We love this show.
3:30 PM -- Shaun tried to get “Glee” star Chris Colfer to whisper in her ear more Madonna songs that they would sing for “Glee’s” Madonna episode, but he’s keeping it secret.
Now, Dish suggested to Jenna Ushkowitz, also from “Glee,” that Julia Roberts should be on the show — and Jenna got so excited! Series creator Ryan Murphy directed her in the upcoming “Eat Pray Love,” so who knows?!
3:40 PM — Betty White told The Dish that the most famous person she’s ever kissed is Mickey Mouse. Does it get any better than Betty White?! She’s a special honoree tonight. She said she would have loved to have seen Robert Redford or Sandra Bullock be honored if tonight’s honor wasn’t going to be her.
3:45 PM -- Cory Monteith from “Glee” and Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family” are on our platform at the same time. We joke that they should start duking it out! Cory actually puts up his dukes!
Cory laughed at the idea of Julia Roberts doing “Glee,” but then added, “Too much stunt casting! This isn’t ‘The Love Boat.’”
Kate Flannery from “The Office” is funny, she said she’s not always drinking in real life — just on the show.
Tina Fey crashed Shaun’s interview with the Baldwin brothers — Alec and Billy! This interview is hilarious! And they hinted that Tina could be a secret third host of the Oscars! Hello — we think that would be a great idea! And Tina’s reply? “In the year of ‘Precious,’” the only appropriate third co-host would be Tracy Morgan.”
4:05 PM -- Meryl Streep was just with Shaun followed by Sophia Loren! I mean… does it get any bigger than that?!?!
Stars coming so quickly now. Tom Ford just complemented Shaun on her dress and jewlery! This is every girl’s dream!
Sherri Shepherd is hilarious tonight and in a great mood! She’s cracking all of us up! She has some very insightful things to say about Rosie and Barbara.
Dish is with “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks, with Gilles Marini on deck.
4:10 PM -- Mariska Hargitay is now with Shaun. She puts rumors to rest about Mischa Barton. She said the former “Beautiful Life” actress is “an amazing professional, lovely to work with. She does good work.” She looked to our camera and said, “This gossip is fiction!”
4:15 PM — Justin Timberlake admires our camera guy Wally’s Fila kicks! Shaun tells him that his performance of “Hallelujah” last night on the “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon brought Shaun’s mom to tears… “Glee’s” Lea Michele is with The Dish. She said that Julianne Moore gave the “Glee” crew a “Hello” today and she almost died.
Celeb look-a-likes Matthew Morrison and Justin Timberlake meet on our platform. They have a “hair off” moment! Too funny. Matthew was once a boy bander too!
4:23 PM -- Kate Hudson is gorgeous tonight! Wearing white again — it’s Emilio Pucci! Sandra Bullock is with Shaun now.
4:36 PM -- Sandra Bullock is too funny! Shaun asked her about Betty White being honored tonight and she pounds her chest twice and throws a gang sign and says “Betty and I are like THIS!”
Dish -- Alexander Skarsgard told me he’ll be naked next season on “True Blood” and that he’ll kill someone in the first episode! Jeremy and Bryant almost just both had heart attacks (we’re all BIG “True Blood” fans)!
Kevin McHale from “Glee” said that they met Tom Hanks recently, and Tom told them that the show is such a staple at his house that he offered for the cast to shoot there!
I was just interviewing Helen Hunt and she turned around to face Sophia Loren and almost fainted! Seriously, she was in awe!
4:45 PM -- Dish -- Julianna Margulies told me that she flew back to NYC after winning the Golden Globe last weekend, flew here yesterday, and she flies back tomorrow (all for her crazy filming schedule for “The Good Wife”).
I told Helen Mirren that I want her to win because she always says things that she shouldn’t. She tells me about the tattoo on her left hand and how she got it when she was drunk once. She and her husband Taylor Hackford (the “Ray” director) interchange the word “tattoo” for “left” now.
JB -- Penelope Cruz tells Shaun that she was amazed by the Haiti telethon. She was sitting between Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Stiller. She said Sacha kept pretending to be her on the phone!
5 PM -- It’s starting to quiet down. They’re rushing everyone into their seats. Folks arrived on the later side this year and it got really crowded for 30 minutes from 4 PM to 4:30 PM!
Adam Lambert just arrived! He looks amazing! He said he and Oprah are like “this” now, crossing his fingers, and that she made him feel so comfortable. Added he’s starting to do international press now and he really wants to go to France because he’s never been there.
“30 Rock” stars Jack McBrayer (Kenneth the Page) and Maulik Pancholy (who plays Jonathan, Jack Donaghy’s assistant) are among the last to stroll in!
Ray Romano just casually strolled in, too — surprisingly tardy considering his “Men of a Certain Age” airs on TNT, which is airing the awards.
Nicole Kidman is dead last! She does no press, just a fashion walk through.
That’s it, folks! See ya next weekend from the Grammys!
5:07 PM -- Scratch that last comment - Mariah Carey is DEAD last. The show has started, and here she comes! Shaun pulls out a rose from our set here and hands it to her to woo her over… And it works! And we’re the ONLY ones she stops for!
She says that Nick has been giving her presents all throughout awards season. Too cute!
Oh, and Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver (not together) are DEAD dead last. That’s the end now …. really… we swear!
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