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I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I recapped my weekend at the 15th anniversary of Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT – with comments from Regis Philbin and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro. Plus, I reported an exclusive story regarding “Jersey Shore” cast mates Ronnie and Sammi.

I appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

The “Cake Boss” brand is growing – and although the cash flow seems to be also be growing, celebrity cake baker Buddy Valastro feels bad for his fans that the lines outside of Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, NJ are also extending with it.

“I would love to facilitate everybody, but a lot of people want that experience, as crazy as it sounds,” Valastro said before a tribute dinner to Regis Philbin at Mohegan Sun’s 15th anniversary in Uncasville, CT. Of course, the “Cake Boss” presented Philbin with a cake designed to look like a television. “I think (the lines are) part of the allure, so, we’re doing some things to try to change that a little bit, so that we can facilitate a little better. Hopefully within a year, we’ll be all set.”

After I questioned what he intends to do specifically, Valastro confirmed that he was referring to his plans to expand Carlo’s current location in Hoboken. The “Cake Boss” just opened a 50,000 square foot factory in Jersey City, and there are rumors of future Carlo’s Bake Shop locations in the northern New Jersey area. In conjunction with TLC, Valastro launched Cake Boss Café, a mini bake shop/souvenir store dedicated to the TV show in Discovery Times Square, an exhibit space in midtown Manhattan. The site opened this past May.

Jennifer Lopez returned to the stage and Regis Philbin continued his goodbyes from the screen in what turned out to be a memorable weekend in celebration of Mohegan Sun’s 15th anniversary.

The Uncasville, CT resort hosted a tribute dinner to the TV icon Friday night. Philbin admitted to me that his pending departure from “Live!” is starting to dawn on him. But don’t worry, he didn’t become too serious about it.

“I feel like crying,” joked Philbin to me after the dinner. “I’m going back to my room and I’m going to cry, right now!”

Of course, no celebrity celebration is complete without a cake from Buddy Valastro. “The Cake Boss” presented Philbin on stage with a cake designed as a television. Valastro told me he baked the piece back in New Jersey.

“To bring (the cake) to Mohegan Sun is no problem,” Valastro explained. “We’ve delivered cakes out to Vegas, or L.A. That’s tough.”

The TLC star also brought a cake for the resort’s birthday. While appearances by the “Cake Boss,” Bobby Flay, Philbin, and cast members of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” were all big hits, it was Jennifer Lopez’s Saturday night performance inside Mohegan Sun Arena that proved to be the highlight of the weekend.

“She inspires me,” admitted “Glee” star Lea Michele, who caught the performance. “I look at her and I go, ‘I wanna do that. I wanna be like that.’”

It is that star power that put JLO at the top of the list for performers that Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum wanted to headline the weekend. The Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe Council told me that it wasn’t too uncommon for the resort to house an artist for a week, like Lopez, to accommodate for rehearsals, meals, and other needs.

“She’s the hottest thing out there right now, in more ways than one,” said Bozsum. “Between ‘American Idol’ and her new album and all the stuff she’s doing, I think she’s the number one artist in the country.”

Many other celebrities stopped by Mohegan Sun to take in Lopez’s performance, including New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg, married couple Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, and Jaime Pressly. After the show, both Minnillo and Pressly offered rousing reviews of JLO’s show.

“It was awesome, it was incredible,” said Pressly. “Very entertaining.”