Terrence J

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Terrence Jenkins

(1982-04-21) April 21, 1982 (age 37)
Queens, New York, United States
Alma materNorth Carolina A&T
OccupationActor, model, entertainment reporter
Years active2005–present

Terrence Jenkins (born April 21, 1982), better known as Terrence J, is an American actor, model and entertainment reporter 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]

Jenkins 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, Jenkins 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] Jenkins 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] Jenkins 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. Jenkins 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 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.

Jenkins 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]

Jenkins 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 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.

Personal life[edit]

From 2016 to 2018, Jenkins dated model Jasmine Sanders.[6][7] He was involved in a hit-and-run incident in 2018.[8]




Other credits[edit]

Jenkins 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, Jenkins 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.[9]

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

Jenkins also turned up as a host for Miss USA 2016 coronation night.[10]

In 2019, Jenkins played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The roster was made up of celebrities with Carolina roots.[11]


  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.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Yourse, Robyn-Denise. The two hosts are also dating. "Tuning in to TV...", Washington Times, 2007-06-12, p. B6.
  6. ^ "Terrence J and Jasmine Sanders Briefly Split". Us Weekly. 2017-10-29. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  7. ^ "Jasmine Sanders Says She Was Not Involved In Hit And Run With Terrence J". Vibe. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  8. ^ "Terrence J Is Being Investigated For Alleged Hit-And-Run Incident". Essence. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  9. ^ "Replaces Ryan Seacrest, who reduced role as part of new NBCU pact". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Terrence J Turns Host For Miss USA 2016". TKOP. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  11. ^ release, Official. "ESPN and NBA announce celebrity rosters and coaches for 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles exclusively on ESPN". NBA.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.

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Preceded by
Todd Newton and Alexandra Wehrley
Host of Miss USA with Julianne Hough
2016, 2017
Succeeded by
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey