hostVanessa Lachey
biography

As the winner of the 1998 “Miss Teen USA” pageant, Lachey (then Minnillo) was awarded the title and honor of Miss Congeniality 1998 which was voted on by her peers. She later went on to serve as a backstage correspondent for “The 50th Annual Miss USA Pageant” in 2001, a judge for “Miss Teen USA” in 2007 and co-host of the 2007 “Miss Universe Pageant” in Mexico City. In 2003, Lachey started at MTV Networks where she served as co-host for “Total Request Live” and “MTV Hits.” She hosted several MTV specials including “MTV’s Prom Date,” “The Real World San Diego Reunion” and “Spring Break Celebrity Fantasies.” In 2002, Lachey hosted the UK crossover hit “Top of the Pops” for The WB and she hosted the live finale of UPN’s “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot.” For two seasons, Lachey was the New York-based correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” with #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. During her time with “Entertainment Tonight,” Lachey reported on the latest news regarding music, film, television and fashion. Vanessa starred in the FOX comedy “Dads” executive produced by Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”), and was on the NBC series TRUTH BE TOLD opposite Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Vanessa competed on the 25th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS for ABC. She is currently co-hosting TOP CHEF JR with Curtis Stone for Universal Kids. Lachey’s additional television credits include co-hosting the popular ABC Series “Wipeout,” as well as appearing as co-host on the reality show “True Beauty.” She also guest starred in “Hawaii Five O,” “30 Rock,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI-NY,” and USA’s “Psych.” She can most recently be seen as the lead in the Lifetime movie “Christmas Toy Swap.”