The revamped “E! News” has found its new hosts: Emmy-winning TV host and personality Lilliana Vazquez and Australian TV and entertainment reporter Scott Tweedie.
E! announced Thursday that Vazquez and Tweedie will be the co-hosts of its 30 Rock-based daily morning shows “E! News” at 7 a.m. ET/PT and “Pop of the Morning” at 11 a.m. ET/PT, premiering Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
According to the cable channel, “Viewers will wake up with ‘E! News’ coast-to-coast as Lilliana and Scott bring them the biggest pop culture, lifestyle and entertainment stories in a fun, lighthearted and engaging way. The conversation continues on ‘Pop of the Morning’ with an unfiltered, more in-depth and irreverent look at the most talked-about news stories of the day.”
Vazquez and Tweedie are taking over for former “E! News” hosts Jason Kennedy and Giuliana Rancic, who anchored the pop culture news program when it was still a 7 p.m. show based in Los Angeles.
The shift to NYC and move into mornings was announced in August as part of an overall plan to expand E!’s news programming, with 20-25 of the LA-based “E! News” staffers laid off in the process. Five new news shows were put into development at that time, including “In the Room,” “Pop of the Morning,” “BingE! Club” (working title) — a weekly review series with discussions revolving around TV shows, movies, music, social sensations, viral videos and more pop culture news — and two other unnamed series.
Kennedy is now hosting the interview series “In the Room” (which is based in L.A.) and Rancic, who decided against the move to New York City, wrote on Instagram in October that she will “of course continue hosting Live from the Red Carpet and promise to pop into E! News from time to time.”
“After spending 19 years in morning television, I know the importance of waking up with hosts you truly connect with and want to share your morning with. We’re excited to introduce you to that team,” Tammy Filler, E! News executive vice president and editor-in-chief, said in a statement Thursday. “With many years of entertainment reporting experience, Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie are well-respected, seasoned hosts, who have fun, relatable TV personalities with undeniable chemistry. They are the perfect pair to join the news team as we continue to build our presence in New York.”
Here is Vazquez bio, courtesy of E!:
Lilliana Vazquez is a multi-faceted Emmy Award-winning host, TV personality, style expert and active contributor on “TODAY,” “E! News,” “Wendy Williams,” “The Talk” and “Rachael Ray Show.” Lilliana has appeared on “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily” as a correspondent, sitting down with the biggest names in entertainment and appearing on Hollywood’s most watched carpets including the Oscars, Golden Globes and Met Gala. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas and is proudly first-generation Latinx.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Scott Tweedie is a TV host and reporter whose credits include “Dancing With The Stars Australia”, his own spin-off show for the global smash-hit show, “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here,” Network 10’s morning show “Studio 10,” and host of the country’s most watched weekly music program “The Loop.” Scott began his career as host of the successful global TV show “Prank Patrol” which aired globally on BBC and ABC. Most recently, Scott worked as the entertainment and fashion reporter for Australia’s highest-rated broadcast events and one of the richest racing events in the world, “The Melbourne Cup Carnival.”