Bill Bellamy Named New Host of TV Game Show LET'S ASK AMERICA
Actor, comedian and multi-faceted entertainer Bill Bellamyhas been named the new host ofLet's Ask America,the daily, half-hour television game showfrom The E.W. Scripps Co. (NYSE: SSP) and producedby Telepictures andparaMediainc.
Contestants and viewing audiences can expect plenty of humor from Bellamy, whohas built a successful acting career in television and cable networks and a loyal following from his stand-up comedy routines.
Bellamy combined his experiences from the stand-up circuit with his natural talents as a VJ for MTV to host two successful comedy competitions, including NBC's Emmy-nominatedLast Comic Standing.He refined his craft through recurring guest-host roles for shows such as Access Hollywood, The Rachael Ray ShowandEntertainment Tonight.
Let's Ask Americais a daily, half-hour television game show that lets the home viewer be a contestant on the show on TV from the comfort of their home via web chat. Every day, four contestants will be chosen to play the game and win cash from their homes.Bellamy willpoll America about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking.
"I look forward to working with the great executives at Telepictures and Scripps and taking this show to the nextlevel," said Bellamy. "Our contestants are a virtual gold mine for non-stop laughs. I can't wait to interact with them. Our audiences can look forward to great entertainment fromLet's Ask Americaevery day."
The access-hour program expands to television markets nationwide this fall through syndication partner MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC (MGM), a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Beginning in January 2015, the Game Show Network also will pick up Let's Ask America episodes with Bill Bellamy.
"What a treat for viewers ofLet's Ask Americato see Bill Bellamy work his magic with contestants to find humor in the most unexpected places," said Bob Sullivan, VP of programming for Scripps. "Our expanded national audience will appreciate hiscomedic genius, which will fuel an already fast-paced show."
Let's Ask Americawas developed by Jeff Apploff (Don't Forget the Lyrics,Take Me Out) and the lateJimParatore.Seasoned game show veteransMichael Canter (1 vs. 100,Parental Control) and JeffKrask(Deal or No Deal,The Mole) willserve as executive producers of the program, entering its third season. Apploff also serves as an executive producer.