Michelle Collins (comedian)

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Michelle Collins
Born Michelle Elizabeth Cikk
(1981-07-09) July 9, 1981 (age 35)
Miami Beach, Florida
Occupation Comedian, talk show host
Years active 2008–present

Michelle Elizabeth Collins (born Michelle Elizabeth Cikk;[1] July 9, 1981) is an American comedian and talk show host. Collins came into the entertainment industry as the managing editor of VH1's bestweekever.tv, a pop culture website that tied into the series of the same name. The site earned her two Webby Awards for Best Celebrity Fan Blog.[2] In 2010, Collins joined as a co-host on the new LOGO/VH1 show The Gossip Queens,[3] which was also in limited syndication.[4] She joined The View on July 13, 2015 for the 19th season as a co-host. She was fired on June 3, 2016, effective immediately. She is currently a co-host of Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, an after-show for Bachelor in Paradise.

Early life[edit]

Collins was born on July 9, 1981 in Miami Beach, Florida [5] as Michelle Cikk, to Judy and Mel Collins, who changed their names when she was a young girl.[6] She has an older brother.[7] Her parents are of Eastern European Jewish descent.

Career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Before coming to The View, she made regular appearances as a panelist on Chelsea Lately, The Joy Behar Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, and various VH1 productions. She also had her own web talk show, Martini Minute, on which she has interviewed celebrities such as Adam Lambert, New Kids on the Block, Travie McCoy, and Jessica Simpson. In 2009, she won the ECNY Award for Best Female Standup Comedian in New York,[8] and in the same year she was featured as a "Comedian to Watch" in the magazine YRB.[citation needed] In 2010, she won LOGO's NewNowNext Award for "Breakout Comic".[9]

The View[edit]

On July 13, 2015, after making several guest appearances, Collins was announced as a permanent co-host on The View for its nineteenth season.[10] On September 14, 2015, Collins and co-host Joy Behar were taken to task following controversial jokes and remarks about Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson's performance in the Miss America competition, in which she delivered a monologue about being a nurse, with Collins mocking the contestant's performance and Behar asking why she was wearing a doctor's stethoscope. Behar later clarified that she hadn't realized the contestant was actually a nurse. On September 16, 2015, Collins and Behar apologized, however many critics of the show called the apology insincere. This controversy has caused the Nurses Unite hashtag boycott of the show, Collins, and Behar.[11]

Collins faced heavy criticism once again after she joked on a segment that presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's face looked 'demented' when smiling during a primary debate.[12] Collins also humorously defended Hillary Clinton's marriage against statements made by Fiorina, coining the hashtag: #BitchCommits.[13]

For her work on The View, she was nominated along with her co-hosts for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.

On June 3, 2016, it was announced that Collins was fired from The View, effective immediately.[14] Collins made a statement confirming her departure from the show on June 17, 2016 via Instagram.[15]

After The View[edit]

On July 13, 2016, a new show hosted by Collins was released on ABC Digital titled All My Gay Friends Are Getting Married.[16]

Collins was also announced as the host of After Paradise, the live after-show of Bachelor in Paradise.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, Raven-Symoné, and Nicolle Wallace)
Nominated [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The View (27 May 2016). "Joy Behar Revals Origin Of Her Last Name - The View". Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ "The Webby Awards 2008". 
  3. ^ The Gossip Queens on Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "The Gossip Queens". Logo TV. 
  5. ^ Tennant, Thomas. "Michelle Collins biography Who is Michelle Collins?". About Entertainment. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Collins, Michelle. "Gelty-y Conscience: A Jewish Family Christmas". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  7. ^ The View (6 September 2015). "Michelle Collins On Her Family, The View and Childhood". Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ Lehman, Daniel (March 10, 2009). "ECNY Awards Recap". backstage.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hysterical Michelle Collins wins the Brink of Fame: Comic Award". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Messer, Lesley (July 13, 2015). "Michelle Collins to Join 'The View' as New Co-Host". abcnews.go.com. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Spargo, Chris. "'That's not a real profession. They want to be doctors': What Michelle Collins allegedly said AFTER The View apologized for mocking a Miss America nurse - as three MORE companies pull ads". dailymail.com. Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  12. ^ CNN anchor to 'The View' hosts: 'Double standard much?' - CNN Video, retrieved 2017-04-13 
  13. ^ "‘The View’ On Hillary Clinton: That ‘B**ch Commits’ To Bill [VIDEO]". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 
  14. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (3 June 2016). "‘The View’ Axes Michelle Collins as Co-Host (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Messer, Lesley. "Michelle Collins Announces She's Leaving 'The View'". ABC News. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Michelle Collins' "All My Gay Friends Are Getting Married" Lands On ABC Streaming Service". Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "'After Paradise' spoilers: Sean Lowe, Chad Johnson, Michelle Collins, more appear in premiere". 9 August 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  18. ^ Staff, Variety (March 24, 2016). "‘Young & Restless’ Leads Daytime Emmy Noms But Ceremony Won’t Be on TV". Retrieved March 24, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Nicolle Wallace
The View co-host (Seat #2)
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Candace Cameron Bure/Paula Faris