According to Variety, Entertainment host Maria Menounos has inked multi-year deal with E!, including both talent and producing roles. Maria Menounos will host the new hourlong entertainment news magazine series, “Untold with Maria Menounos” and will be featured on the roundtable series “Live From E!” and upcoming “E! Specials.” Menounos’ Underman/Omegagirl Prods. will also join E!, and the network will get first look rights to ideas for series, specials and other projects.
“Untold with Maria Menounos” will cover
topics such as Gen Y Royals, the rise of heroin in Hollywood, the
popularity of electronic dance music and more, with each episode
consisting of three individual stories. “As we continue to expand E!’s dynamic
news programming line-up, we’re so excited to have Maria join the E!
team to help drive the growth and expansion of E! as the global
entertainment news leader. With her undeniable charisma and deep
industry relationships, Maria has a huge fan following as one of the
premiere entertainment news personalities in Hollywood today,”
Cyndi McClellan, president of network strategy and E! News, said in a
statement. “While conceiving ‘Untold,’ we always thought Maria was the
ideal host because of her varied experiences not only in entertainment,
but also in global reporting. We’re thrilled to bring her talents to
the network and to collaborate with her as we create and develop
exciting new programming together.” Menounos added, “To be able to host,
report and produce for an entire network, one that spans globally no
less, is thrilling. I’m excited to exercise my talents on both sides of
the camera as
my partner, Keven Undergaro, and I have many projects to bring to the
network through Underman/Omegagirl. I’m equally excited to join a team
of hosts and producers that are amongst the finest in our industry.” Most recently, Menounos served as a host
of the daily entertainment program “Extra” alongside Mario Lopez. Her
previous reporting gigs include stints on “Nightly News,” the “Today
Show” and “Access Hollywood” and her reality series “Chasing Maria
Menounos” currently airs on Oxygen.
Sidebar: Who run the world? Girls! Go Maria. Congrats. That is big.