Todd Newton

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Todd Newton
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Newton in 2010
James Todd Newton

(1970-05-05) May 5, 1970 (age 48)
OccupationEntertainment reporter, game show host, author
Years active1990–present

James Todd Newton (born May 5, 1970) is an American entertainment reporter, game show host, and author.[1]


Newton started his entertainment career at age sixteen as a disc jockey for Kincaid Entertainment in St. Louis, working for brothers Doug Kincaid and William Kincaid. Later, the Kincaid brothers found a small role for him on their popular KMOV children's television show Gator Tales.[2]

While visiting Los Angeles in 1994 to host a movie junket for a St. Louis television station, Newton — then a local disc jockey known as Rikk Idol — used the last of his travel money to hire a taxi to take him to the offices of various agents around Hollywood. He eventually signed with Abrams, Rubaloff, & Lawrence and was tapped as a host on E! Entertainment Television in 1995.[3]

He hosted Hasbro Studios' popular Family Game Night and the syndicated Monopoly Millionaires' Club.

Newton has also hosted such productions including GSN's Hollywood Showdown, Made in the USA, World's Wildest Game Shows, and Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck.[4]

The Host With The Most® currently tours North America as host of The Price Is Right Live!, an interactive theatrical production of the television game show. He is an avid supporter and celebrity spokesperson for animal rescue organizations nationwide.

Television credits[edit]


Newton has been behind the microphone of various American radio stations including WKBQ in his hometown of St. Louis, KIIS and KBIG in Los Angeles, WNEW in New York, and the syndicated All Nite Cafe.[6] He is currently the host of Talk Is Cheap with Todd Newton, a weekly podcast featuring interviews with people from all over the world. In January 2015, he helped launch a new radio station in St. Louis called NOW 96.3. He worked at the KNOU/Now 96.3 from 2015 until early 2016.[7]

DVD game credits[edit]

  • Match Game
  • Password
  • Press Your Luck (2006)


In 2012, Newton authored his first book, Life in the Bonus Round: A Game Show Host's Road to Success and Fulfillment, which was named Best Autobiography at the Beverly Hills Book Awards.

The following year he penned The Choice Is Yours: Six Keys for Putting Your Best Into Action and Create A Superstar Demo Reel.[citation needed] 2016 saw the release of "The Host With The Most: Tales Of A Tattooed Television Personality."


  1. ^ Joe Holleman. Todd Newton nominated for another Daytime Emmy,; accessed September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Current,; accessed July 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed September 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed September 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Freshman Makes Bucks For Yuks At Moonlighting" Current, University of Missouri St. Louis Campus Newspaper, February 16, 1989
  6. ^ Todd Newton aka Rikk Idol is back on St. Louis airwaves,, February 3, 2015; accessed September 9, 2015.
  7. ^

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Preceded by
Giuliana Rancic and Thomas Roberts
Host of Miss USA with Alexandra Wehrley
Succeeded by
Terrence J and Julianne Hough