Ross Mathews Talks Humble Beginnings, Season 2 Of ‘Hello Ross’
Ross Mathews became a household name when he began working as a correspondent for Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. Ross The Intern now owns the red carpet and has his own late night talk show, but his start came from a much more humble place than the bright lights of Los Angeles.
“I grew up in a little farm town, always wanted to be a talk show host,” said Mathews, who was a communications major at the University of La Verne in California. “When I was a senior in college I got this internship behind-the-scenes… and one day they said, ‘Ross is funny. Let’s send him out.'” That was Ross’ first time working the red carpet and, obviously, not his last. He, along with Kelly Osbourne, will be covering the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2nd.
Mathews considers himself to be a delegate for the super fans of celebrity, taking that and his experience on the red carpet as his inspiration for his late-night talk show — Hello, Ross — that airs on E! each Friday at 10pm.
“It’s about bringing pop culture and people together,” said Mathews. “After all these years as a correspondent, finally getting this show, I wanted to do it that way. The right way.”
“We highlight the audience,” added Mathews. The show began its second season last Friday, February 21st with special guest Brandi Glanville from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Listen to Jim and Kim’s full interview below, where they also discuss Mathew’s book — Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence — and an at-home HIV test kit.
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