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McPherson Denied Entry to ABC Party

July 26, 2007 10:46 PM

With more than 100 celebrity guests attending ABC’s party at the Beverly Hilton, the hotel’s security detail was given strict orders not to let anybody into the ballroom without an identification badge.

So when a blond man in a burgundy polo shirt and slacks tried to enter the event unescorted, guards were quick to block him.

“Sorry sir, but I can’t let you in without a badge,” the guard says.

“But I’m the president of ABC!” exclaims Steve McPherson.

Now the guards were even more wary.

Later they’d feel terrible about blocking McPherson from his own event. But at the time, one explained, it was tough to believe a young-looking man in a sport shirt was a network president.

To his credit, McPherson laughed it off. He went back down the hall to find a badge.


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