When it comes to television programs, there isn’t a shortage of options from American television. From scripted shows to reality television to talk shows, there are different programs for everyone and with this abundance of options comes a need for hosts who can lead the audience through the offerings of their chosen program. That is where Debbie Matenopoulos comes in, a Richmond-born host who has made a career out of the role.
Matenopoulos has been working as a host on American television since the year 2000 and has been at the helm of a variety of shows. She has hosted red carpet programs like the 2017 Daytime Emmys among many others. Learn more about her career below.
Debbie Matenopoulos Biography
As suggested by the name, Debbie Matenopoulos is of Greek ancestry. She was, however, born in Richmond, Virginia to Nicolaos and Efrosini Matenopoulos on the 13th of December, 1974. Her father is a furniture maker while her mother is a hair stylist.
Matenopoulos was born as the third child in the family, behind a sister and a brother named Ike. She grew up in Richmond and attended John Randolph Tucker High School before she spent a year at Virginia Commonwealth University before heading to New York University where she studied Journalism.
The move to New York was an important step in her career as a journalist and this quickly reflected when she got an internship role at the popular television network, MTV. Here, she worked hard enough to rise through the ladder and become the story coordinator of UnFiltered, one of the network’s popular programs.
Following graduation, Debbie Matenopoulos continued to work for MTV in another role as a production assistant. She did not, however, spend a lot of time in the position before she got a chance to begin her career as a television host. At the invitation of Barbara Walters, she auditioned for a role as a co-host on The View which was a new program at the time. She got the role and became its youngest co-host.
Her time on The View was, however, short. She spent just two years on the show during which she made appearances on Saturday Night Live. After The View, Matenopoulos got another job with TV Guide Channel where she continued to work as a host. Over time, she has held the role of a host in several TV shows over the course of her career. She has worked on the iconic show, Fashion Police, and others like Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett, The Talk, and many more. She has also been hosting Home & Family since 2013.
Debbie Matenopoulos has not only limited herself to working as a host, but she has also been a judge in a number of competitions like Chopped Junior, He’s a Lady, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and a couple of others. Also, in film and scripted drama series, she has appeared in American Dreams, Half & Half and in Endsville.
Her career has seen her lay claim to multiple award nominations from the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Online Film & Television Association.
Family – Husband and Daughter
It is very common for people to meet and fall in love with people in a similar industry as theirs and it is no different in the entertainment industry. Debbie Matenopoulos fell in love with the president of music at Lions Gate Entertainment, Jay Faires, who is also the founder of Mammoth Records. Their love took them to the altar on the 5th of July 2003 and they remained as husband and wife until March 2008 when they separated before later signing divorce papers in November 2008.
She gave love another chance with Jon Falcone and they got married in 2013 in Greece. Their marriage produced the fruit of the womb, a girl named Alexandra Kalliope Falcone whom they welcomed on the 29th of October, 2014.
According to her IMDb page, Debbie Matenopoulos has worked as the host of over 25 television shows which include the very popular and successful show, The View. She has also starred in a film or television show as an actress. This resume has helped her to a net worth believed to be around $3.5 million. She is also considered to be earning an annual salary in the breath of $300,000.