Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

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Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
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Ashlan McKain Gorse[1]

(1980-12-14) December 14, 1980 (age 38)
OccupationTelevision personality

Ashlan Gorse Cousteau (born December 14, 1980) is an American entertainment journalist and explorer. She is known for her work with E! News, Discovery Channel, and Travel Channel.[2] She married Philippe Cousteau Jr. in September 2013, and they have produced and appeared together in several educational and environmental television programs.[3]


When Gorse was seven, the 1988 Raleigh tornado destroyed her home.[4]:104–106

Gorse graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism with a BA in broadcasting and a minor in music.[2]

She began her professional career in the exclusive NBC page program in New York City.[2][5] She has worked on shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Today Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She worked for Access Hollywood in Manhattan, going from production assistant to field producer before continuing on to MSNBC as a reporter and segment producer for its weekend entertainment shows, Hot List and At the Movies. She was a coach for MTV's Made.[2]

In 2006, she moved to Los Angeles as the editor at large for Life & Style magazine and has since appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, The Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN, TV Guide and The Insider as a pop-culture and gossip guru.[2] She was hired as a main anchor for E! News Now in 2007, was promoted to correspondent and fill-in anchor for E News in 2008, and left the network in June 2013.[2] She has covered the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammys,[2] and has interviewed Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey Jr. and many others.[2]

In 2014, Gorse and her husband Philippe Cousteau Jr. led an expedition to the San Juan Islands to film and raise awareness for the Southern Resident Orca Pod.[6] The following year, they traveled to Nepal to film wild Bengal tigers in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; this led to a series about the expedition entitled Treasures of the Terai which aired online at and KTLA.[7]

Beginning in 2015, billed as Ashlan Cousteau, she served as a correspondent for CBS's Entertainment Tonight, a role she continued in until 2017.[8]

In 2016, the Cousteaus produced and co-starred in an hour-long documentary for Discovery Channel's Shark Week called Nuclear Sharks, which looked at how grey reef sharks in Bikini Atoll were able to recover from nuclear testing in the 1940s and 50s.[9]

In January 2017, Cousteau gave a TEDx Talk in Antarctica titled Laugh, Cry, Connect: How Entertainment Can Save Our Planet from New Zealand's Antarctica research station, Scott Base.[10] Also in 2017, she and Philippe Cousteau began co-starring in a series on Travel Channel called Caribbean Pirate Treasure,[11] which won the Cynopsis TV Award for the best adventure reality series.[12] The show's second season will air Summer 2018.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Gorse got engaged to Philippe Cousteau Jr., her boyfriend of two years, in Paris in October 2012. The couple met in 2010 at an environmental event where Cousteau was giving a speech.[14] They married on September 25, 2013 in a civil ceremony at the City Hall of the 8th arrondissement in Paris, France, and had a second ceremony on September 28, 2013 at the Château d’Esclimont in Saint-Symphorien-le-Château.[15]

Cousteau gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in May 2019.[16]


  1. ^ Gorse, Ashlan (March 4, 2014). "Real Engagement Story: Red Carpet Reporter Ashlan Gorse's Paris Proposal". Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h E Online biography
  3. ^ Across a Crowded Room
  4. ^ Canfield, Jack; et al. (2010). Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad: 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Good Times. Cos Cob, CT: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing. p. 384. ISBN 978-1-935096-46-7.
  5. ^ Jesse Stirling, 'Ashlan Gorse', in Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, November 2011 [1]
  6. ^ The Wild Truth About Wild Orcas
  7. ^ Nepal’s Anti-poaching Strategy With Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau
  8. ^ IMDB: Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
  9. ^ Philippe Cousteau Discovers Sharks off Islands Formerly Used for Nuclear Testing
  10. ^ Antarctica is calling out for us to help her' - Hollywood journalist Ashlan Cousteau
  11. ^ The Travel Channel - Caribbean Pirate Gold
  12. ^
  13. ^ Travel Channel searches for gold with Caribbean Pirate Treasure season 2
  14. ^ "Love, etc.: Philippe Cousteau and Ashlan Gorse engaged". The Washington Post. October 26, 2012.
  15. ^ de la Baume, Maïa (October 4, 2013). "Across a Crowded Room". New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "'Caribbean Pirate Treasure' Hosts Ashlan Gorse and Philippe Cousteau Welcome Their First Child". Us Weekly.

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