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Ross Mathews

Ross Mathews singing karaoke on R Family Vacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell, in July 2007.
Born September 24, 1979 (1979-09-24) (age 30)
Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Ross "The Intern"
Occupation Television personality
Years active 2001–present
Known for Correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Producer of video blogs he named "Talky Blogs"

Ross Mathews (born September 24, 1979), well known as Ross the Intern, is an American television personality known mostly for his role as a correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A former intern on that show, he is referred to by Jay Leno as "Ross the Intern".


Early life

Mathews was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington and is a graduate of University of La Verne in La Verne, California. He became a communications major[1] and a successful speech and debate competitor.[2]


Mathews has been a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno since December 2001, covering movie premieres, the Academy Awards, two different Winter Olympics Games and countless other events.[3] In addition to his role on The Tonight Show, Mathews also writes a daily blog at [4] He produced and hosted a web-show on with Tonight Show announcer John Melendez titled The John & Ross Show. He is now the host of his own web-talk show called Inside Dish w/ Ross Mathews at

Mathews has contributed commentary to the E! networks various 101... specials, and has appeared as a panelist on E's late night talk show Chelsea Lately.

He has appeared on a number of reality shows, including the 2003 incarnation of the reality television show, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, in which he was a member of the Red Team. He also appeared on the fifth season of VH1's reality television show, Celebrity Fit Club. During the course of the show, which premiered in April 2007, Mathews lost more than 40 lbs. and helped his team win the grand prize. After the final episode of Fit Club aired, Mathews revealed his weight to the public for what he said was the last time, which was 164, down 50 pounds from his original 214.

Mathews was a guest host on The View (July 17, 2007), one of the very few men to sit on the panel. Former co-host, Rosie O'Donnell is Mathews' mentor, according to the Celebrity Fit Club finale.

Mathews appeared as a celebrity mob member on seven episodes of NBC's prime time game show 1 vs. 100 in early 2008.[5]

On May 14, 2008, September 9, 2008, and April 14, 2009, Mathews appeared in a guest role on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

On February 10, 2009, Mathews announced that he has been hired as a new correspondent on The Insider.

On February 19, 2009, Mathews announced his new web show with the Insider called "Inside Dish With Ross Mathews", where he will take his viewers behind the scenes, as an "outsider" in Hollywood.

On April 23, 2009, Mathews appeared on The Howard Stern Show.

On June 6, 2009, He appeared in the 2009 Game Show Awards with Diane Mizota.

Starting June 13, 2009, Mathews co-hosted Big Saturday Night on GSN.

Starting on July 10, 2009, Mathews will host Big Brother 11's House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show.

Personal life

Mathews is openly gay[6] and has a dog named Louise.[7]


  1. ^ "Alumni Profile: Ross Mathews 2002" University of La Verne, University Relations website. Accessed July 17, 2007
  2. ^ Terry Birdsall, "Ross, the Intern" La Verne Magazine Spring (2002). Accessed July 17, 2007. "Ross was president of the debate team his senior year. He performed individual events for the team, was state champion for two events and was sent to the nationals."
  3. ^ Tracy E. Gilchrist, "This Gay Week in Television: Bea Arthur, Courteney Cox" Gay Wired June 10, 2008. "Lest we forget that Jay helped launch the adorable gay intern Ross Matthews’ career."
  4. ^ Ross Mathews' blog
  5. ^ Ross Mathews at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Riggs, Jonathan; "Ross Mathews - #1 Crush";; September 1, 2007.
  7. ^ Ross Mathew's page at

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