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Jillian Reynolds

Jillian at the 2006 American Idol Season Finale
Born Jillian Warry
September 26, 1966 (1966-09-26) (age 43)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Other name(s) Jillian Barberie
Jillian Barberie-Reynolds
Occupation Actress, TV host, Sportscaster
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Bret Barberie (m. 1996–2002) «start: (1996)–end+1: (2002-11)»"Marriage: Bret Barberie to Jillian Reynolds" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jillian_Reynolds)
Grant Reynolds (m. 2006–present) «start: (2006)»"Marriage: Grant Reynolds to Jillian Reynolds" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jillian_Reynolds)
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Jillian Reynolds (born September 26, 1966), best known by her former name Jillian Barberie, is a Canadian actress, television hostess, and sportscaster. She can be seen on the Los Angeles-based morning show Good Day L.A. and She is also working for Fox Sports primarily, as the weatherperson on Fox NFL Sunday since the 2000 NFL season except for the 2006 season.

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Early life

Reynolds was born Jillian Warry in Burlington, Ontario. She went to Assumption Catholic Secondary School and then went on to graduate from Mohawk College (Hamilton), with a diploma from its two-year program in broadcast journalism. After completing her diploma, she worked for a variety of television stations, including The Weather Network in Montreal, WSVN in Miami and KTTV in Los Angeles (WSVN and KTTV are Fox affiliates).

Career

Reynolds' screen presence has earned her roles on several television dramas including Clueless, V.I.P. and Melrose Place, as well as comedic turns on the sitcom Yes, Dear and the sketch comedy series MADtv.[1] She hosted the TV show EX-treme Dating. In 2000, she was hired to present the national weather segment of Fox Sports Fox NFL Sunday pregame show, working opposite Curt Menefee, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw. As a result of her scratchy gravel-laced voice, non-specific ethnic look, and affable "one of the guys" on-camera personality, Reynolds became a national figure and earned significant fan interest in the male-dominated sports demographic. One of the reasons she was hired to do several spots for Prestone antifreeze that aired during NFL game broadcasts was because of her recognition factor amongst males 18-54.

In addition to Reynolds' work on Good Day L.A., she worked on the national version of the show Good Day Live. However, she was ultimately fired from that show, ending her tenure there on June 4, 2004.

She served as the weather girl and entertainment reporter for Fox Sports during the 2002 Super Bowl, 2005 Super Bowl, and the 2008 Super Bowl. In 2005, she was Regis Philbin's co-host for his New Year's Eve special on Fox. She has appeared in Maxim magazine twice. In 2006, Reynolds participated as a contestant on the Fox reality television show Skating with Celebrities, partnered with professional skater John Zimmerman and came in second place. She was an ice skater in her childhood. Beginning in November 2006, she became the co-host of KTTV's That's So Hollywood with fellow KTTV/KCOP personality, Mark Thompson.

In August 2008, Reynolds began appearing in NutriSystem commercials with former NFL players Dan Marino and Mike Golic; in the ad, Reynolds claims to have lost over forty pounds after the birth of her daughter.

Reynolds is also the host of American Idol Extra on Fox Reality Channel. She interviews the eliminated Idol that week and other guests who appear on the show. She also appears alongside her husband, Grant Reynolds, in Fox Reality Channel’s original series, Househusbands of Hollywood.[2]

Personal life

Reynolds was married to former Major League Baseball player Bret Barberie from 1996-2002. She then married Grant Reynolds in a private ceremony on July 8, 2006.[3] She initially stated that she was legally changing her name to Jillian Reynolds, but keeping Barberie as her professional surname.[4] Since then, she has chosen to use Reynolds as her surname on Fox NFL Sunday while continuing to use Barberie in the NutriSystem commercials -- until April 2009, when she began using Reynolds in those ads.

Reynolds works for the prevention of cruelty to animals and has nine pets of her own -- all of whom she has adopted from shelters. She has said that she believes her "adoptive" nature is due to the fact that she herself was adopted.

In December 2006, People magazine said Reynolds was pregnant with her first child, due July 7. She officially announced her pregnancy the morning of December 18, 2006, during the broadcast of Good Day L.A.[5] Reynolds took a three-month hiatus from the show beginning June 22, 2007. On July 9, an announcement on Good Day L.A. stated that she had given birth to a baby girl, Ruby Raven Reynolds, on July 6, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. The baby weighed 6 lbs. and 12 oz.[6]

On July 6, 2009, she announced on Good Day LA that she was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to a baby boy, Rocco Rio Reynolds on January 11, 2010 at 8:02 a.m. The newborn weighed in at 7lbs 8ozs and was 20 1/2 inches long.

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