On Monday, Terrence Jenkins made his debut co-hosting alongside, Giuliana Rancic on E! News. Prior to his big day, he did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Peep a few excerpts:
The Hollywood Reporter: As you’ve been preparing in recent weeks, what’s the pop cultural story that has taken place and made you say to yourself, ‘I wish I was on the air right now?’
Terrence Jenkins: E! News’ coverage of the Olympic Games and the Presidential Election were incredibly exciting to watch. Seeing Giuliana in London and watching Ross Mathews interview the First Lady definitely made me want to jump in on the action early.
THR: You’re filling Ryan Seacrest’s shoes. What advice has he given you about the job?
Jenkins: As managing editor, Ryan is still an important part of E! News and he’s been incredibly influential to me and my career. One thing that he told me was for me not to accept any limitations. He told me to look for ways to build my brand and to never take no for an answer.
THR: Who else have you sought advice from? What did they say?
Jenkins: I spoke with Sharon Osbourne the other day and she told me to “have fun, smile and always be yourself.” Simple advice but important at the same time and I took it to heart.
THR: When you start to think about interviews you’d like to do, who are the top three subjects at the top of your wish list?
THR: Which elements of your past on 106 & Park do you intend to bring to this show?
Jenkins: I love sneakers. One day I’m going to convince G to wear some hi-tops on air!
THR: You transitioned from host to on-air talent fairly recently. What was the most eye-opening aspect of that transition?
Jenkins: It’s been such a gratifying experience. I’ve been getting told no from casting directors for over 10 years after going out on hundreds of auditions, castings and meetings. It’s eye-opening to see what can happen if you don’t give up on your dreams.
And here’s a promo:
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If you watched his first day, what did you think?