September 24, 1979 |
Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Other names||Ross the Intern|
Ross Mathews (born September 24, 1979) is an American television personality who first rose to fame with his role as an intern, and later, a correspondent, for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for which he was known as "Ross the Intern". Mathews has since gone on to numerous subsequent TV appearances, including Celebrity Fit Club, The Insider and as a weekly regular panelist on Chelsea Lately.
Early life 
Mathews was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington and is a graduate of the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. He was a communications major and a successful speech and debate competitor.
Mathews began as an intern behind the scenes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. From December 2001, he covered movie premieres, the Academy Awards, two different Winter Olympics Games and other events.
He appeared on the fifth season of VH1's reality television show, Celebrity Fit Club. During the course of the show, which premiered in April 2007, Mathews lost more than 40 lbs. and helped his team win the grand prize.
In 2009, Mathews was a contributing correspondent on The Insider and hosted a web show with The Insider called Inside Dish With Ross Mathews, where he took his viewers behind the scenes, as an "outsider" in Hollywood. "Inside Dish" became the official online web-shows for CBS's Big Brother and The Amazing Race.
Also in 2009, Mathews co-hosted GSN's Big Saturday Night, a weekly three-hour live game show. His other 2009 appearances included The Howard Stern Show and the 2009 Game Show Awards with Diane Mizota.
In 2010, Mathews joined the E! Network's red carpet team, filling in for Ryan Seacrest as co-host alongside Giuliana Rancic for E! Live From the Red Carpet coverage of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards, the 2010 Emmy Awards, the 2011 Golden Globe Awards and the 2011 Academy Awards.
In January 2011, Mathews starred in a pilot he also produced and co-wrote alongside fellow Chelsea Lately roundtable regular Heather McDonald, titled Love or Hate for the E! Network that was executive produced by Chelsea Handler and her company Borderline Amazing Productions.
Mathews appears in the E! Network's After Lately, a show about the behind the scenes of Chelsea Lately.
On September 9, 2011 it was mentioned by Jay Leno that Ross Mathews had moved on from The Tonight Show. However, since then, Mathews has appeared in various segments, such as the "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" skit on the December 14, 2011 episode.
On May 7, 2013 Mathews released the book Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidance.
Personal life 
- "Alumni Profile: Ross Mathews 2002" University of La Verne, University Relations website. Accessed July 17, 2007
- Terry Birdsall, "Ross, the Intern" La Verne Magazine Spring (2002). Accessed July 17, 2007. "Ross was president of the debate team his senior year. He performed individual events for the team, was state champion for two events and was sent to the nationals."
- Tracy E. Gilchrist (June 10, 2008). "This Gay Week in Television: Bea Arthur, Courteney Cox". Gay Wired. "Lest we forget that Jay helped launch the adorable gay intern Ross Mathews’ career."
- Andreeva, Nellie. "E! Orders Pop Culture Show Presentation Produced By Chelsea Handler", Deadline Hollywood, January 5, 2011
- Nededog, Jethro (August 23, 2011). "E! Signs Ross Mathews to New Talk Show Pilot Development and Talent Deal (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Episode #20.56". The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Season 20. December 14, 2011. NBC.
- "Ross is the Boss". Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis. Season 1. Episode 4. April 4, 2012. Bravo.
- "Monkey Business: Short Takes". The Kansas City Star (The McClatchy Company). 2007-06-23. p. E6.
- Celizic, Mike. "Super media spectacle more staid than usual". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
- Celebrity Slimdowns: Losing the Weight. E!. January 2, 2012
- Deeken, Aimee (August 17, 2010). "'Chelsea Lately': Ross Mathews Wants a 'Gayby' Like Neil Patrick Harris (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post.
- Jung, Helin (November 29, 2011). "Ross Mathews's Soft Spot: His 'Mutty-Mutt' Dogs". People.
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