If Ellen Degeneres is TV’s ray of positive, bright sunshine, Chelsea Handler is its shot of tequila. Kind of a bad idea, but on a late Friday night you just sort of can’t help but indulge. She’s the type who would dine at a reality-TV-themed restaurant for the irony as much as for the actual enjoyment of a Real Housewives of New Jersey meatball. Continue reading
The secret’s out, everyone. In a deep confessional interview on the prestigously titled, “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable”, longtime Wheel of Fortune host and outwardly fairly mellow dude Pat Sajak admitted that he used to show up to his hosting job while under the influence of alcohol. Continue reading
If you really stop and think about it, the personality spectrum of our daytime television show hosts is as multifaceted as the rainbow. We’ve got sort of the ominous dark purple (Judge Judy), the cloyingly pink (The View), and the sort of sickly olive green (Jerry Springer). And floating somewhere around there, in what I imagine to be the yellowest sparkly bright yellow of yellows, is Ellen Degeneres. Continue reading
Though many have been fooled by his disproportionately large chin, impressive hair follicles and special brand of quaint “humor”, we can today strike the entire country of India off the list of those impressed by Jay Leno. Continue reading
As the host of the last three Golden Globes, actor Ricky Gervais served a dual role as both comedian and roastmaster. His cutting celebrity comedy has been both the subject of celebration and criticism—but everyone can agree it’s at least been interesting to watch. If Ricky doesn’t return to host next year, the Golden Globes will need to carefully select his successor. Here are just a few suggestions that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association might want to take into consideration.
Steve was the perfect replacement for Gervais as the star of the American version of “The Office,” so why not replace him as the host of the Golden Globes too? Not only is Carell a great improvisational comedian, he’s got natural charm and showmanship.
Jimmy has recently hit his stride on late night television where it turns out he was born to be a host all along. Jimmy makes a great host because of his ability to play off of other comedians. Put him on stage with Justin Timberlake or Tina Fey and he’ll have audiences rolling with laugher.
Jane killed it as the host of the Emmys this year, so it might be time for her to move up to the next step. She has that rare comedic ability to be mean, intense, warm and excited all at the same time.
Conan might have been snubbed as the next host of “The Tonight Show,” but he’s still got that goofy humor and larger-than-life personality that makes for a good host. Bring Andy Richter in to serve as his co-host and you’re in for a night of laughs.
There are two sides to Stephen Colbert—there’s the real life actor and comedian and then there’s the satirical character that he portrays on his show. Either would be a hilarious host for the next Golden Globes.
Tina spent years as one of the funniest anchors on “Weekend Update” and went on to have a successful TV and movie career. Her likeable, self-depreciating humor might be the opposite of Ricky Gervais, but she’d still draw a large crowd.
Russell Brand might just be the perfect Brit to replace Ricky Gervais, as he brings that same brand of unfiltered humor to everything he does. He had a memorable stint as the host of the MTV Movie Awards and the potential to bring the same kind of controversy that Ricky did—which of course, makes for compelling TV.
She’s been one of the funniest cast members on “SNL” for years now and her hit movie “Bridesmaids” only confirmed what we’ve all suspected for awhile now—Kristen Wiig is a comedic genius. She’s paid her dues, it’s time for her to take the spotlight.
Our national paragons of fake news reporting, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, returned with new seasons on January 4th, and with elections looming large and as omnipresent as those spaceships in Independence Day, I’m excited to see how the shows will respectively handle Indecision 2012, as they like to call it. Continue reading
With 2011 winding down, we look back on some of our favorite programs and wonder what it was that made them our favorites. Was it the endless drama? Was it the witty dialogue? Or was it simply a case of, “Man that host is a hottie!”
Let’s take a brief look at a small sampling of the hottest hosts of the year as we hope to see them again next year:
Jill Wagner helped to host ABC’s “Wipeout” which showcased Americans who were gluttons for punishment and embarrassment on national television as they attempted nearly impossible to defeat obstacle courses. She has been lovely to look at and laughed at others mishaps right along with us.
Nick Lachey may have sometimes seemed uncertain on television as he hosted this year’s “Sing Off” singing competition (yes, another singing competition). What didn’t bother us, however, was how good he looked in a suit.
Meredith Viera and her sparkling eyes and pearly white smile lit up the set of reruns of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. She was kind to the contestants which is always attractive and definitely easier on the eyes than Regis Phillbin.
If dark haired and dimpled is more your style, Mario Lopez was sure to please as a host on the entertainment news show, “Extra”. His days of dazzling with that smile began back on “Saved By the Bell” days, but things haven’t changed much since then except that he’s ditched the curly mullet, thankfully!
Julie Chen had a couple of hosting gigs under her belt including “Big Brother” and “The Talk” in 2011. She’s put in her fair share of appearances over the years, but she’s never looked better.
Obviously there are many other hosts who made it that much easier to tune in week to week. Who else deserves a spot on the Hottest Hosts of 2011?
This Sunday marks the premiere of “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” on Food Network. The new cooking competition features Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri coaching two teams of celebrities to see who the best coach is and which celebrity is the top chef. It’s essentially “Worst Cooks in America” with the regular folk replaced by D-List celebrities like Joey Fatone and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Although celebrity competitions and reality shows are commonplace on other cable networks like E! and VH1, it’s strange to see a specialty channel like Food Network getting into the game. If Food Network can pull it off, the response from fans might lead other specialty networks to create their own reality shows featuring celebrities. Here are just a few examples of celebrity reality shows we might see in the future.
Discovery Channel – Dirty Stars
If celebrities want to cash in on their last 15 minutes of fame, you might as well make them work for it. “Dirty Stars” would take a group of washed up celebrities and make them travel around the world doing the worst possible jobs. Who wouldn’t want to see Spencer Pratt slum in up at a water sewage plant or Lisa Rinna deliver a baby calf?