It has been a nerve-wracking weekend for Phil but finally he can relax.
When the news broke on Friday that Carol Channing’s “signature dress” had been stolen from the lobby of a Hollywood hotel in a daring daylight heist, suspicion naturally fell on Phil who curiously seemed to have no alibi.
The FBI and Interpol got involved and there was even talk of extraordinary rendition at one point.
They even tapped his phone – a somewhat pointless exercise as it never rings anyway. According to reports, “Lobby video surveillance captured the theft, showing a man with the bag leaving the hotel. The suspect, who was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, walked into the hotel, stole it and left”
The clue to the suspected identity of America’s Most Wanted Criminal was when Carol Channing was reported as saying: “We want the dress, we don’t want him”.
The sparkly dress is one which Channing wore in the 1974 stage production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Despite the fact that Channing has probably been wearing it day in and day out for over 30 years, she told police it was valued at $150,000 which has given Andrew an idea for the next time BA loses his holiday luggage
Channing seemed to be holding up well, saying “I’m not crying about it. I didn’t know it was such a historic specimen,” she told local media. “The Smithsonian was crying.”
One supposes that if it didn’t turn up, Channing would not be crying but laughing all the way to the bank to the tune of $150,000 in insurance money.
Anyhoo, the dress turned up. A homeless person found it in a park:
Channing identified the dress and paused briefly for a photo with the man who found it before heading off to the Bowl, according to her publicist, Harlan Boll. Once the police officially clear the man of any connection to the theft, Boll said, he will be given a reward.
One would have thought that even for a homeless person, having your photo taken with CC would be reward enough.
Anyway, although the “perp” is still at large, it seems that Phil is no longer under surveillance, which is a relief to everyone.
What’s sad is that the cogs inside his head have been whirring madly now that he knows how to go about getting his photo taken with Carol Channing…
Thanks to The Merm for tipping us off on the story.