Vanessa Minnillo replacing Jill Wagner on Wipeout

ABC’s extreme obstacle course competition series Wipeout is losing its co-host Jill Wagner, who’s being replaced by former True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo as of next season’s Winter Wipeout.

In a statement, executive producer Matt Kunitz said, “We will miss Jill, but are thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the team and excited to bring her enthusiasm to the show. She is a great host with a fun and natural energy that our viewers will love.”

Jill said she was leaving in April, when she told TV Guide Magazine, “After four seasons of co-hosting Wipeout I have been given the opportunity to pursue new directions in my acting career, which I am very passionate about. I am extremely grateful to all those at Wipeout, Endemol and ABC, who have been so supportive of me through these years.”

Of course, she had a thankless job, having to interview all of the contestants and watch everything while pretending to talk to co-hosts John Henson and John Anderson, who record their scripted shtick later. They’d actually never even met Jill in person until they saw her at an ABC party for TV critics a few years ago.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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