Dave cuts right to the chase with his question: "Who decides and who pays for it when someone gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star?"
I've wondered that myself. There are plenty of famous names on the walk but more than a few that make you scratch your head about the selection process.
So does Vanna White of "Wheel of Fortune" fame.
So does Godzilla. Really.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the awarding of this singular honor, announced in 2013 that Kardashian is unworthy of being walked upon by tourists because, as a reality TV star, she lacks a key attribute: talent.
Don't shoot me. I'm just the messenger.
Anyway, there's a process for awarding Walk of Fame stars, and, not surprisingly, there's a price tag attached.
Honorees have to be nominated, and anyone can submit a nomination. But if a star is approved by the chamber's selection committee, whoever did the nominating has to pony up $30,000.
Half that amount goes to constructing the sidewalk star. The other half goes to its upkeep.
Because of the hefty cost, it appears that many honorees these days make their way to the walk via an obliging movie or TV studio, or a publicist or some other PR-related, marketing-motivated entity.
Julianna Margulies, star of
One other thing to keep in mind: A star has to agree to being on the walk. That's why you won't find
But you will find