Vanessa Minnillo to co-host 'Wipeout'
June 17th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Vanessa Minnillo to co-host 'Wipeout'

That upcoming wedding to Nick Lachey isn't the only big project that Vanessa Minnillo has in the pipeline. The former MTV star and "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent has just been hired to co-host ABC's bump-and-bruise-filled game show "Wipeout."

Minnillo will take over for former co-host Jill Wagner beginning in season 5, giving the play-by-play for both the winter and summer editions of "Wipeout."

The popular series, hosted by John Henson and John Anderson, features 24 contestants competing on an extreme obstacle course, bouncing off the iconic Big Balls and getting banged up in the Wipeout Zone.

“We will miss Jill, but are thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the team and excited to bring her enthusiasm to the show," says “Wipeout” creator and executive producer Matt Kunitz. "She is a great host with a fun and natural energy that our viewers will love.”

Do you think Minnillo will be better than Wagner? Tell us in a comment below.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Jeff and Lori

    When will Vaness actually become funny and energetic? We've watched a few episodes and so for, not so good...Jill was so much better, and we LOVE the Johns! Bring Jill back and watch ratings soar....if not, I'm afraid it's a 'wipe-out' for Wipe Out!

    August 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jennifer

    I like Jill...miss her on the show

    July 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jmb

    Vanessa is alright. But she will never matchup to Jill. I think ABC screwed up by letting Jill go.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. jj

    Vanessa is horrible & no way near as pretty & funny as Jill. I never liked the two Johns either. Now the show as 3 unattractive idiots on the show.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Danny B.

    Serious downgrade Lache isnt horrible but nobody has the personality and spunk of miss wagner. We miss u alredy jill please come back to us!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobo the clown

    wow vanessa is terrible, jill made the show. what a disappointment.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mad Dog

    Did they really think that people were watching the shows for the two Johns?
    Now that Jill is gone, I guess I'll be watching trueTV's "worlds dumbest".
    It would have been better, to have gotten rid of the two Johns; and put Jill in the booth.
    ABC really screwed up on this one.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. deb

    Watching the first show with Vanessa – she isn't near as good as Jill was.... bring back Jill!

    December 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. catherine

    Happy Birthday Vanessa and Nick too. Can't wait to see you at Wipeout.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. catherine

    Vanessa will be great, just like she was on TRL and ET. She has brains, beauty and she is alert of what she does. Best Wishes Vanessa and a very Happy Birthday to you and Nick too. Lots of Luck.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. catherine

    Vanessa is a great replacement. She is full of energy and exicetment and it will be a lot of fun. Good luck, Vanessa, we love you.

    November 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. derp

    Serious down grade going from Jill to Vanessa.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Snarf

    Jill was funny.
    Let´s hope that Vanessa can do the same thing and make crazy scenes like Jill did.

    June 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Oh Mad R@p3r please can you hit your ba11s upon my face? It has been so long since I seen them. I forgot what they look like and I also forgot how it feels. Pleeeaaasssseee i want it

    June 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carol

    No she wont I love Jill

    June 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. The Dook Of Westminister

    I hope they rub doodoo on her. That would be cool !

    June 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Cydnee

    I love this game show, it's quite funny. I liked Jill but Vanessa will be a nice change. Good luck Vanessa!

    June 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sydney

    You failed to mention that Jill Wagner chose to leave to focus on her acting career. She made the announcement in April. Yes I think Vanessa will perform as well as Jill in this project. The focus is on the contestants.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  19. fernace

    Me again!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Me

    Are they dumping Jill or did she decide to leave? I like Jill.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  21. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I'd hit that!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. Tim Langlois

    C'mon you should probably know the hosts names before you write something about them. It's JOHN Anderson and John Henson

    June 17, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  23. Cora


    June 17, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |

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