Nate Berkus will host Oprah’s Big Give

Designer and frequent Oprah guest Nate Berkus will host Winfrey’s upcoming ABC reality series, Oprah’s Big Give.

The show’s judges will be chef Jamie Oliver, NFL player Tony Gonzalez, and Chris Rock’s wife Malaak Compton-Rock. Oprah herself will “[make] multiple special appearances throughout the eight episodes,” according to a press release, which also promises that “some of the biggest names in Hollywood join ‘Oprah’s Big Give,’ bringing their own passion for giving big and delivering surprising twists that raise the stakes at every turn.”

The series, which debuts March 2, follows 10 people who “criss-cross the country, giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting people who are in for the surprise of their lives.” They’ll be given a challenge in each city, and then the judges will eliminate one contestants, ultimately awarding “the biggest giver” the show’s prize.

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Shark Tank

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