WME has signed talk-show host/red-carpet commentator/best-selling author Ross Mathews, and his company, Ross Mathews Media. In addition to hosting his E! talker Hello Ross, he also has been a regular panelist and guest host on E!’s soon-to-depart Chelsea Lately, and is a fixture on E! News and E! Network’s Live From The Red Carpet shows as part of his overall talent deal with that Comcast cable network. There’s been increasing noise today that E! is not looking to move forward with a third season on the show, which is EP’d by, among others, Chelsea Handler — who’s moving herself from E! to Netflix. E! insists no decision has been made about the talk show; some insiders tell us the network’s deal gives it 90 days after the show wraps a season to make a call on a pickup — E! would be about a month into those 90 days, the show having wrapped it second season in mid-May.
Sources report that, regardless, Mathews will continue to do red carpet interviews for E! and be seen on-air as an E! News correspondent. Leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, Mathews was the official political reporter for E! News. He covered both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where he interviewed political figures including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and former Republican Presidential nominee John McCain. In 2013, Mathews released his first book, the best-seller Man Up: Tales Of My Delusional Self-Confidence. He began his career in 2001 on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, where he was known as Ross the Intern.
Mathews is managed by Degenkolb Entertainment and has recently signed with Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, LLP for legal representation. He previously was with CAA.