Ottawa's acting mayor, Doug Thompson, proposed to honor former Playboy playmate Shannon Tweed by declaring last Wednesday (July 15) as Shannon Tweed Day but his suggestion was turned down. Still, he was able to convey how much Tweed means to the city as he offered her a city gift basket and a heartfelt apology.
Tweed and her partner, Kiss rock star Gene Simmons, who stars on the reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels, visited Ottawa's Parliament Hill and Elgin Street on Tuesday while in the nation's capital for the legendary band's show at Ottawa's Bluesfest. Kiss attracted a record-breaking crowd of around 30,000 music fans Wednesday night.
In spite of the Shannon Tweed Day controversy, Tweed, who was crowned Miss Ottawa Valley in 1977, insisted there were no hard feelings.
"Honestly, I came here to have a friendly reunion with my friends and see his concert and nothing has changed," the Gene Simmons Family
Gene Simmons was quick to pipe in with his own comments about the controversy with a statement that fueled the hullabaloo much further.
"It's really OK, not everybody loved Jesus either," Simmons quipped, shocking some of the people who had surrounded the couple.
Upon hearing Simmons' remark, Tweed quickly put her hand over his mouth to prevent the rock star from saying anything else outrageous.
On the other hand, Simmons still found it in his heart to praise Canadians in general.
"Look, I've been all around the world and it's not a secret that Canadians are the nicest people on the earth," said Simmons, adding that his children Sophie and Nick, who are also featured on Gene Simmons Family Jewels
, "are on their way to become full Canadian citizens."Gene Simmons Family Jewels
airs every Sunday at 9pm on A&E.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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