"Bonnie (or Bon Bon as I called her) was one of the
most amazing women I have ever had the privilege of calling a friend," says The Insider host Debbie Matenopoulos. "Bonnie
was a powerhouse. She was a force. She had an electric energy that lit up every
room she ever walked into. Her joy for life and her life's work was infectious.
There wasn't a man, woman or child that met Bonnie that wasn't immediately taken
by her and she equally by them. She was one of those few people that comes
along once in a lifetime. She always had a way of finding the silver lining in
everything. I don't know how she did it sometimes, but she always did. She
always called everyone by name -- from interns to executives -- and made everyone
feel so special. When in all actuality, SHE was the special one. She never
complained, even through the toughest of times.
"And she was the queen
of hugs. She gave the best hugs I have ever gotten in my life. Getting a hug
from Bon Bon was like feeling hot cocoa run through your body on a cold winter's
day. But most important of all, Bonnie was the real deal. In a
business that can be accused of being superficial and vapid, Bonnie was the
complete opposite. And THAT is why I loved her so much.
She was one of the most universally loved and respected people in our
"People used to say that 'Bonnie knew everyone,' but the
truth is, EVERYONE knew Bonnie. Everyone from George Clooney to Morgan Freeman
would come up and have 10-minute animated conversations full of laughter and
inside jokes before even acknowledging me standing there next to her on the red
carpet with a mic in my hand. In all my years in this business, I've never
seen anything like it. This business has lost a true legend, and for everyone
who had the honor of knowing Bonnie, we have all lost a true friend.
wasn't just one of the greatest people in the business.....she was one of the
greatest people I have ever met on this planet. The only way for me to make any
sense of this at all is to believe that Bonnie was too good to be here with us
and therefore God took her a little earlier than we would have liked. The world
will be forever a little less bright. I love you, Bonnie Tiegel, and your
spirit and spunk will live forever in my heart."