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Rove McManus

Rove McManus
Born John McManus II
21 January 1974 (1974-01-21) (age 35)
Perth, Western Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Television presenter
Radio host
Known for TV variety show Rove 1999 - 2009
Spouse(s) Belinda Emmett (deceased)
Tasma Walton

John Henry Michael "Rove" McManus[1] (born 21 January 1974) is an Australian media personality. He was the host of the variety show Rove and owner of the production company Roving Enterprises. He is a three time Gold Logie Award winner.


Personal life

McManus was born in Perth, Western Australia to John and Coralie McManus.[2]. He acquired the nickname "Rove" from his sister. [3] He attended Orana Catholic Primary School and Corpus Christi College, Bateman. He moved to Melbourne to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1990s.

He married Belinda Emmett at the Mary Immaculate Church in Waverley, a suburb in the east of Sydney. Emmett died of metastatic breast cancer on 11 November 2006 at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.[4][5]

He is a fan of the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League, for which his first cousin Shaun McManus used to play. He was named as the number one ticket holder of the club (a prestigious but largely symbolic position often given to prominent Australians) in 2002.[6]

McManus began dating actress Tasma Walton in October 2007. They married on 16 June 2009 in a private ceremony on a beach in Broome, Western Australia.[7]



In 1997 McManus began hosting The Loft Live, which was produced by RMIT University's student television company RMITV, on the community television station, Channel 31 where he was given a budget of AU$50.00 a week. It was there where he met his now long-time co-host, Peter Helliar. Rove then worked for Foxtel as a roving reporter on a show called In Fashion which was hosted by Hugh Jackman. He then received an offer for ten late night episodes of his own variety show, Rove for the Nine Network in 1999, but Nine cancelled the series at the end of its run. In 2000, McManus was offered the opportunity to produce a new version of the Rove show for Network Ten. The resulting Rove Live was almost identical to Nine's Rove. Rove Live has become a flagship show for Network Ten, and it is also broadcast on TV3 in New Zealand. The show follows a variety show format and showcases weekly celebrity guests, comedy acts, variety segments, local and international comedians and live bands. Included in these interviews, McManus' style and choice of questions normally have no relevance to anything real or substantially relevant.

McManus started his own production company, Roving Enterprises in 2000 and has co-produced his show since Rove Live began on Network Ten. The company has also produced a number of other programs, including the sketch comedy program skitHOUSE, the parody show Real Stories and AFL football comedy program Before The Game. Since 2002, Roving Enterprises has produced the ARIA Music Awards, which, until 2004, was also hosted by McManus.

In 2005 and 2008 McManus undertook live solo stand-up comedy shows, touring Australian capital cities as well as Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. During the tour he returned to Melbourne each Tuesday to film Rove Live. During the 2004 and 2007 federal elections, McManus unsuccessfully campaigned to have the Australian prime minister, John Howard, appear on his program. While Howard did not appear, then-opposition leaders Mark Latham appeared on the show in 2005 and Kevin Rudd in 2007. After being elected prime minister, Rudd appeared on the show again in 2008 and also on 28 June 2009.

When Bert Newton fell ill in early 2004, McManus was one of many guest presenters who hosted Newton's Good Morning Australia program. McManus hosted the episodes on 24 April and 12 October 2004.[8] The following year, McManus and Newton co-hosted a Roving Enterprises television special Ten Seriously 40, a look at the history of the Ten Network.

In November 2006, after his wife Belinda Emmett died after fighting breast cancer for eight years, McManus took indefinite leave and Rove Live did not screen its last two planned episodes of the year. Instead, repeats of Rove Live were aired to fill the time-slot. At the time there were unfounded rumours circulating in the industry that he might quit television for good. He returned, however, in the competitive Sunday 8.30pm timeslot on 1 April 2007 with a major format overhaul, including renaming the show to simply Rove.[9] Rove scored its highest ever audience of 1.69 million viewers.[10] In September 2007, McManus made his debut as a game show host in the Australian version of the US game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.[11]


In 1999 McManus was a regular host on Triple J radio. He had a segment on the breakfast show (starring Wil Anderson and Adam Spencer) on Friday mornings, Know Your Millennium, a quiz show that looked into the past. In 2000, he filled in on 2MMM's Andrew Denton Breakfast Show with co-host Amanda Keller and Mike Fitzpatrick. In 2002 the Austereo radio network commissioned Roving Enterprises to create a weekly radio program. Starring McManus alongside regular Rove colleagues Peter Helliar and Corinne Grant, the show was originally called Saturday Morning Rove. Broadcast from Fox FM every Saturday from 10am to midday, it was pre-recorded the day before to allow the performers to have a full weekend of other media commitments. In 2004 the program moved to Friday mornings allowing live phone callers, and was re-titled Rove Live Radio. It was discontinued at the end of 2004. McManus has been a guest co-host on the Triple M radio program Get This. In 2006, McManus and Helliar filled in for Merrick and Rosso while they were on holiday. In the first week of their three week stint Meshel Laurie of Nova 106.9 co-hosted the show as well.


On 8 June 2007 he appeared as the presenter of a secondary school discussion with Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama at Rod Laver Arena.[12]

Overseas appearances

McManus had a cameo voicing a crab in Pixar's 2003 animated film, Finding Nemo. McManus appeared as himself on the New Zealand cartoon bro'Town, and has also made intermittent appearances on TV3's satirical Pulp Sport series, usually performing menial tasks for "Bill and Ben", the hosts.

In 2004, McManus appeared in comedian John Safrans Tv-show John Safran vs God in a segment where Safran convinced the controversial UK Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad to put a fatwa on McManus. The fatwa was later pulled off when Omar Bakri found out that the pictures showing McManus mocking Islam were falsified.

On 2 May 2007, 25 July 2007 and 29 October 2008 he appeared as a guest on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jay Leno and Ed McMann also made a small prerecorded appearance at the beginning of McManus' shows in Los Angeles giving him tips for the night's show.

On 23 December 2008, McManus made his debut as host on American television as the host of an American Broadcasting Company special "The List".[13]

Awards and nominations

McManus has won one Logie Award and been nominated for several others for his work on Rove and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. In 2000 McManus was nominated for 'Most Popular New Talent - Male'. In 2002 he was nominated for the Gold Logie Award. In 2003 and 2004 he won two Logies: Most Popular TV Presenter and the Gold Logie. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 he won the Most Popular TV Presenter award and was nominated for the Gold Logie in those years as well.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Georgie Parker
for All Saints
Gold Logie Award
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television

2003, 2004, 2005
for Rove Live
Succeeded by
John Wood
for Blue Heelers
New award Logie Award
Most Popular TV Presenter

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
for Rove Live/Rove (2003–2009)
and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2008–2009)
Succeeded by

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