Jessica Chobot

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Jessica Chobot
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Chobot in 2014
Jessica Lynn Horn

(1977-07-07) July 7, 1977 (age 45)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Presenter, host, writer
Years active2005–present
Mr. Chobot
(div. 2006)
(m. 2012)

Jessica Chobot (born Jessica Lynn Horn; July 7, 1977) is an American on-camera host and writer.[2] She has hosted the IGN shows IGN Strategize and Weekly Wood, which also runs on Xbox Live; she previously worked as presenter of the IGN Daily Fix. Since 2013, she was the primary host of Nerdist News and Nerdist News Talks Back for Nerdist Industries. In 2014, she launched her own podcast titled Bizarre States. She left Nerdist on August 5, 2019. She currently stars in a show called Expedition X.

Early life[edit]

Jessica Lynn Horn was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Novi, Michigan.[1] Her family moved from town to town frequently during her youth. Before entering high school, she lived in several places on the East Coast and the Midwest.[3]


Chobot gained exposure when Kotaku published a photo of her licking a Sony PSP online in 2005.[1] The photo has been widely parodied since,[4] even appearing on Sony-branded advertising.[5]

In 2006, Chobot was hired full-time by to take over hosting responsibilities for the network's IGN Weekly show which is still running. Her segments included stand-up introductions as well as "woman-on-the-street" pieces. Starting in 2009 and ending in 2011, Chobot hosted a daily show titled IGN Daily Fix; the first episode aired March 23, 2009. In addition, she contributes columns, features and reviews and runs a blog on IGN. Chobot is also a former contributor to FHM UK,, and has made multiple appearances on G4's Filter and Attack of the Show!. She has also hosted a videogame preview segment for Fuel TV's, The Daily Habit, and co-hosts on Lifeskool TV's, Gamer's Dojo. She also contributes as a weekly guest on Maxim Radio, where she answers caller questions for an hour each Monday.[citation needed] Chobot and Ryan Dunn starred in Proving Ground, a program whose airing cycle was disrupted by Dunn's death in an automotive crash on June 20, 2011, after the end of production; the program was pulled from airing for a month before returning to finish its run beginning on July 19, 2011.

Chobot has appeared on commercials for ADV's Anime Network On Demand cable station, and lent her likeness to Symbiote Studios Toy Company for two limited-edition anime-style sculptures. In addition, she has modeled for the J!NX female gamers clothing line. In 2006-2007, she co-wrote a sci-fi script with writer/director/creator of Tron, Steven Lisberger, for Soul Code.[6] Current collaborations include an anime-style collectible figurine in development with Symbiote Studios, a representative of women's apparel line. Chobot is also writing the "Ask Jess, Dammit!" blog for Maxim.[7] She was named the 88th most desirable woman of 2008 by AskMen magazine[8] and 14th hottest woman of business 2009 by Business Pundit.[9] Chobot also hosts a weekly show featured on Inside Xbox called IGN Strategize. In 2011, Chobot placed at #57 in the 2011 Askmen's Top 99 Women poll.[10]

Chobot voiced news reporter Diana Allers, a non-player character modelled in her likeness who is a potential romance option of Commander Shepard, the main character of the 2012 video game Mass Effect 3. Although Chobot hosted a preview of the game for G4 in January 2012, Chobot and the media organizations she worked for at the time had made it known that she would not review the game in any official capacity.[11] Her involvement in the video game was criticized by many as a conflict of interest; in response, Chobot emphasized that she is an on-screen personality who never considered herself to be a journalist, and that BioWare never asked her for any favors in return. In a retrospective comment about the controversy, Chobot noted that she was never asked for her side of the story by people who write about her in the media.[1]

On November 4, 2013, Chobot began work as the main host of Nerdist News,[12] a news show focusing on nerdy pop culture updates airing 5 days a week on[13] Chobot served as the writer for Daylight, a survival horror video game by Zombie Studios.[1] The game launched on April 29, 2014. On June 26, 2014, Chobot launched her own podcast dedicated to the weird and supernatural titled Bizarre States. The show is co-hosted by fellow Nerdist Industries's employee Andrew Bowser and features occasional guests.[14]

In 2015, Chobot was the contestant interviewer on the revived sixth series of robotic combat game show Battlebots, and she acted as Samus Aran for the movie Metroid: The Sky Calls, which was produced by a studio named Rainfall. She played the role along with another actress named America Young.[15] On August 5, 2019, Chobot announced on Twitter that she was leaving Nerdist after six years.[16] Chobot now stars in Expedition X which premiered on February 12, 2020 on the Discovery Channel.

Personal life[edit]

She was divorced from a previous marriage in 2006 but kept the surname Chobot.[1]

On August 21, 2011, Chobot became engaged to Blair Herter and they married on February 18, 2012. They had their first child on March 6, 2013.[17][18] The family currently lives in the Netherlands, where they moved in 2022 after Herter left G4 and joined Team Liquid.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hall, Charlie (September 13, 2013). "Jessica Chobot: Stepping Into Daylight". Polygon.
  2. ^ Chobot, Jessica [@JessicaChobot] (October 26, 2012). "Not a writer for IGN or reviewer for G4. I'm a host/entertainer" (Tweet). Retrieved October 27, 2012 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Jessica Chobot". Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Amini, Tina (November 9, 2012). "Step Aside, Jessica Chobot Licking A PSP. There's A New Scandalous Picture, And It Involves The Wii U." Kotaku. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Chobot, Jessica. "Biography". Archived from the original on July 25, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  6. ^ Garrett, Diane (September 4, 2007). "Steven Lisberger to direct 'Code'". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  7. ^ Chobot, Jessica. "Ask Jess, Dammit!". Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  8. ^ "Top 99 women, 2008 Edition". AskMen. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  9. ^ "25 Hottest Women of Business". Business Pundit. January 1, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "Jessica Chobot - Top 99 Women". AskMen. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Workman, Robert (May 4, 2012). "Jessica Chobot interview about Mass Effect 3". GameZone. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  12. ^ Walton, Brian (November 5, 2013). "Watch the Premiere of Nerdist News with Jessica Chobot!". Nerdist.
  13. ^ "Nerdist News".
  14. ^ "Bizarre States Podcast". Nerdist.
  15. ^ RainfallFilms (November 2, 2015). "Metroid: The Sky Calls // a Rainfall Films Intergalactic Odyssey". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021.
  16. ^ "Jessica Chobot Leaves Nerdist". Twitter. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  17. ^ Johnson, Ed (August 23, 2011). "G4/IGN's Herter and Chobot get engaged with geek style". Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  18. ^ Prat, Vanessa (August 26, 2011). "Gaming Host Proposes With Wonder Woman Inspired Ring". Retrieved September 8, 2011.

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