Ex-QVC Honcho Shopped For Love, Then Sued Her Matchmaker

By Jeremy Roebuck
Philly.com

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Darlene Daggett, 62, says she paid $150,000 to a dating service for high-profile executives to be introduced to wealthy eligible bachelors from around the world. Instead, she claims, the service set her up with a string of unsuitable suitors.

Philly.com

The official slogan of QVC, the West Chester-based e-commerce behemoth, is: “Find what you love. Love what you find.” But when it comes to matters of the heart, one former company executive has been unable to live up to that mantra.

In a row over romance unrequited, Darlene Daggett — QVC’s president for U.S. commerce between 2002 and 2007 — has ended her string of bad courtships by taking her matchmaker to court.

Daggett, 62, says she paid $150,000 to a dating service for high-profile executives to be introduced to wealthy eligible bachelors from around the world. Instead, she claims, Kelleher International set her up with a string of unsuitable suitors — including a disgraced New York Supreme Court judge, a man who passed out from a heart ailment on their first date, and one potential paramour who purportedly told her he was waiting on his terminally ill wife to die before reentering the dating pool.

“Kelleher’s ‘highly screened’ matches for Daggett included men who were married, mentally unstable, physically ill, pathological liars, serial Lotharios, stalkers, convicted felons, and men unwilling or unable to travel and/or the subject of professional sanctions,” Center City lawyer M. Kelly Tillery wrote in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

The suit itself appears destined to last a shorter time than many of Daggett’s ill-fated romantic entanglements.

Both parties agreed to settle within hours of Thursday’s filing, court records show. Daggett and lawyers for both sides have declined to discuss details of the case, citing a nondisclosure agreement.

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