Terrence J

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Terrence J
Terrence J official photo.jpg
Born Terrence Jenkins
(1982-04-21) April 21, 1982 (age 35)
Queens, New York, United States
Alma mater North Carolina A&T
Occupation Television personality, actor , model, Author
Years active 2005–present

Terrence Jenkins (born April 21, 1982), better known as Terrence J, is an American actor and television personality and model best known as the host of BET's popular music video countdown show 106 & Park from 2006 until 2012.[1] He was the co-anchor of E! News from 2012-2015.

Early life[edit]

Terrence J was born in Queens, New York, and grew up mostly in Raleigh and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.[2] He attended Northern Nash High in Rocky Mount. During this time, Terrence worked at WRSV Soul 92.1 as a DJ until he graduated from high school. He spent his college years at North Carolina A&T State University;[3] he also lived in Greensboro. During his time at North Carolina A&T State University, he served as Student Government Association President and as a DJ for North Carolina A&T's radio station WNAA. He also worked as a DJ at local radio station 102 Jamz in Greensboro.[2] Terrence J is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity where he later was initiated in spring 2004 to the Mu Psi chapter at North Carolina A&T State University.[4]


After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in 2004 with a degree in mass communication,[2] Terrence worked in the diversity office of a sports company in Daytona Beach, Florida. His Frat brother Fred Whitaker phoned to tell him about BET's search for fresh faces, with the primary job of being the host of 106 & Park. Terrence took all his savings and flew to New York to audition in late 2005. Unhappy with his first audition, Terrance and his friends rented a car and drove to Atlanta to attend auditions, where he was successful.[3] He has now started his acting career. In 2012 he was selected to replace Ryan Seacrest as the co-anchor for E! News.

He starred in the sequel to the 2007 film Stomp the Yard, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, and appeared in the Christina Aguilera and Cher film Burlesque as Dave the D.J. He has also starred in the fourth season of the show The Game and The Heart Specialist with Marla Gibbs.

Terrence J starred in Tim Story's film Think Like A Man (based on Steve Harvey's bestseller), a Sony Pictures Feature Film.

BET's 106 & Park[edit]

Terrence J was a co-host of BET’s 106 & Park which can be seen in over 85 million homes in the U.S., Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean.[3] For the debut in Japan, he and co-host Rocsi taped footage there, and appeared on MTV Video Music Awards Japan.[5] Due to the success of the show, 106 & Park premiered in Germany and South Africa. 106 & Park is BET's highest-rated music series. of all time and has quickly became one of the leading music video countdown shows on television.

106 & Park Weekend Countdown radio show[edit]

In 2005, he began co-hosting BET’s nationally syndicated radio show 106 & Park Weekend Countdown, which airs in over 60 markets, in New York and different cities. As of March 2012, this countdown is no longer being aired and was succeeded by the MTV Rhythmic Countdown, hosted by Sway.

Jenkins Entertainment Group[edit]

Terrence J is the co-founder of Jenkins Entertainment Group, a company that specializes in hosting, consulting and formulating marketing plans.




Miss USA 2017 (2017) (Host)

Other credits[edit]

Terrence J had a recurring role on the debut of the E! network's television series: "Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami", a spin-off series of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" featuring Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. He co-hosted the radio show Khloé After Dark with Khloé on Y100.

In 2008, he had a small cameo appearance in Estelle's video for her hit single American Boy.

In 2011, he began a recurring role as Danté Young (the younger boyfriend of Tasha Mack) BET comedy-drama television series The Game.

In 2011, Terrence revealed that he will be in the remake of Sparkle and also in Battle of the Year.

On September 4, 2012, Jenkins was named the co-anchor of E! News, replacing Ryan Seacrest.[6]

In 2013, his first book was release titled, "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom".

Terrence J also turned up as a host for Miss USA 2016 coronation night.[7]


McDonald's African American Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign[edit]

Chosen by McDonald's to be the ambassador of the African American Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign, Terrence J will travel to 10 schools in the New York tri-state area, promoting the importance of education. Each visit will conclude with a ceremony in honor of the scholarship recipients. The corporation has awarded more than $29 million to help high school students attend college.

Sean John clothing line 2008[edit]

Terrence J was involved with different Sean John clothing lines.


  1. ^ MacCash, Doug. "Back in town: Rocsi Diaz comes home to tape her hit BET show '106 & Park'", The Times-Picayune, 2007-07-06, p. 12.
  2. ^ a b c Decwikiel-Kane, Dawn. "A&T grad chases his dreams, is TV host", Greensboro News & Record, 2006-10-20, p. D1.
  3. ^ a b c Coleman, Chrisena. "The Hottest 'Nerd' on TV: Star from Queens Seen by Millions Around the World", New York Daily News, 2008-04-15.
  4. ^ McMillon, Jenell (2012-11-08). "A&T alumnus tapped as host of 'E! News'". Greensboro News & Record. 
  5. ^ Yourse, Robyn-Denise. The two hosts are also dating. "Tuning in to TV...", Washington Times, 2007-06-12, p. B6.
  6. ^ "Replaces Ryan Seacrest, who reduced role as part of new NBCU pact". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Terrence J Turns Host For Miss USA 2016". TKOP. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 

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Preceded by
Todd Newton and Alexandra Wehrley
Host of Miss USA with Julianne Hough
Succeeded by
Julianne Hough