Terrence J

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Terrence Jenkins (born April 21, 1982), better known as Terrence J, is an American actor, model and entertainment reporter best known as the host of BET's popular music video countdown show 106 & Park from 2006 until 2012.[1] He was the co-anchor of E! News from 2012 to 2015.[2]

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Terrence Jenkins

(1982-04-21) April 21, 1982 (age 39)
Alma materNorth Carolina A&T
OccupationActor, model, entertainment reporter
Years active2005–present

Early lifeEdit

Jenkins was born in Queens, New York, and grew up mostly in Raleigh and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.[3] He attended Northern Nash High in Rocky Mount. During this time, Jenkins worked at WRSV Soul 92.1 as a DJ until he graduated from high school. He spent his college years at North Carolina A&T State University;[4] he also lived in Greensboro. During his time at North Carolina A&T State University, he served as Student Government Association President and as a DJ for North Carolina A&T's radio station WNAA. He also worked as a DJ at local radio station 102 Jamz in Greensboro.[3] Jenkins is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity where he later was initiated in spring 2004 to the Mu Psi chapter at North Carolina A&T State University.[5] After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in 2004 with a degree in mass communication,[3] Jenkins worked in the diversity office of Nascar in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Jenkins and [ Diaz|Rocsi]] became the hosts of BET's hip hop and R&B music video program 106 & Park after winning the BET New Faces Contest on July 6, 2006.[1] Since its inception, it had been the network's number-one rated show. After hosting the show for six years, Rocsi and Jenkins announced they would be leaving 106 & Park in 2012. His last show was broadcast on September 28, 2012.[4] He also co-hosted BET’s nationally syndicated radio show 106 & Park Weekend Countdown.

He appeared in films The Heart Specialist (2006) and Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010). In 2008, he made a cameo appearance in Estelle's music video for her single with Kanye West called "American Boy". In 2009, Jenkins appeared on E!'s reality television series Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, a spin-off series of Keeping Up with the Kardashians starring Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. He co-hosted the radio show "Khloé After Dark" on Y100. Jenkins portrayed DJ Dave in the musical film Burlesque (2010) starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. In 2011, he had a recurring role as Danté Young on the BET comedy-drama television series The Game. On September 4, 2012, Jenkins was named the co-anchor of E! News, replacing Ryan Seacrest.[6]

Jenkins starred as Michael Hanover in the romantic comedy film Think Like A Man (2012), which grossed $96 million at the worldwide box office.[7][8] He reprised his role as Michael Hanover in the film's sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), which opened at number one at the box office, grossing $29.2 million.[9] The film earned $70.2 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $24 million. He also appeared in films Sparkle (2012), Baggage Claim (2013), Battle of the Year (2013) and Entourage (2015). Jenkins landed the lead role of Charlie "Mack" McIntyre in the romantic comedy film The Perfect Match (2016) opposite Cassie Ventura. The film centers around playboy Charlie, who is convinced that all his relationships are dead, but his best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he is bound to fall in love.[10] Jenkins hosted Miss USA beauty pageant with Julianne Hough in 2016 and 2017.[11]

His first book titled "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom" was released by HarperCollins on October 1, 2013.[12][13] The book was inspired by the lessons his mother taught him and her extraordinary journey of raising Jenkins while she was still a teenager.[14] "I know that many of the successful moments in my life, personally and professionally, have been in part because of the lessons that she taught me, and I am proud to share her words of wisdom to inspire others," he told E! News in 2013[15]

Since 2017, Jenkins has hosted MTV's reality television series Are You the One? beginning with season 6. Jenkins hosted sixteen episodes of crime drama series Power's official aftershow, Power Confidential. In 2019, Jenkins played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The roster was made up of celebrities with North Carolina roots.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

He was involved in a hit-and-run incident in 2018.[17]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rapture N/A Short film
2006 The Heart Specialist N/A
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Ty
2010 Burlesque Dave
2012 Sparkle (2012 film) Red
2012 Think Like a Man Michael
2013 Baggage Claim Fiance
2013 White T Raekwon
2013 Battle of the Year Himself
2014 Think Like a Man Too Michael
2015 Entourage Himself
2016 The Perfect Match Charlie Also producer
2017 Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life Himself Documentary film
2019 Same Difference Cameron Also executive producer
2019 CIROC: What Men Want Handsome Guy
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Savannah Gordon Episode: "Playing with the Enemy"
2003–06 All of Us Omar 6 episodes
2006–13 106 & Park Himself / Host 48 episodes
2009–10 Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami Himself 5 episodes
2011 The Game Dante Young 4 episodes
2013 Kris Himself / Co-Host Episode: "Episode #1.20"
2013–15 E! News Himself / Host 185 episodes
2013–15 Live from the Red Carpet 8 episodes
2013 Big Time Rush Himself Episodes: "Big Time Scandal", "Big Time Invasion"
2013 Food Network Star Episode: "4th of July Live"
2015 Truth Be Told Derek Episode: "The Wedding"
2016 Hollywood Today Live Guest Co-Host 4 episodes
2016 Coupled Himself / Host 8 episodes
2016 Miss USA 2016 Television special
2017 Miss USA 2017 Television special
2017 SafeWord 4 episodes
2017 Are You the One? Himself / Host Season 6
2018 Hit the Floor Pastor Curtis 3 episodes
2018 Star Ryan J Episode: "All Falls Down"
2018 Are You the One? Himself / Host Season 7
2019 Scream: Resurrection Coach Griffin 4 episodes
2019 Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club Himself / VIP Guest Episode: "Lindsay's Choice"
2019 Are You the One? Himself / Host Season 8
2019 Power Confidential 16 episodes
2021 The Talk Guest Host


  1. ^ a b MacCash, Doug. "Back in town: Rocsi Diaz comes home to tape her hit BET show '106 & Park'", The Times-Picayune, 2007-07-06, p. 12.
  2. ^ "Terrence J | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  3. ^ a b c Decwikiel-Kane, Dawn. "A&T grad chases his dreams, is TV host", Greensboro News & Record, 2006-10-20, p. D1.
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Chrisena. "The Hottest 'Nerd' on TV: Star from Queens Seen by Millions Around the World", New York Daily News, 2008-04-15.
  5. ^ McMillon, Jenell (2012-11-08). "A&T alumnus tapped as host of 'E! News'". Greensboro News & Record.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Replaces Ryan Seacrest, who reduced role as part of new NBCU pact". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Think Like a Man". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  8. ^ "Think Like a Man: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  9. ^ "Weekend Report: 'Man' Defeats 'Boys,' Falls Short of Predecessor". Box Office Mojo. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  10. ^ "The Perfect Match". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  11. ^ "Terrence J Turns Host For Miss USA 2016". TKOP. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Review: The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom by Terrence J". What Is That Book About. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  13. ^ "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom - Terrence J - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  14. ^ "Terrence J Signs New Book Deal". Vibe. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  15. ^ "Terrence J Signs New Book Deal". Vibe. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  16. ^ release, Official. "ESPN and NBA announce celebrity rosters and coaches for 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles exclusively on ESPN". NBA.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  17. ^ "Terrence J Is Being Investigated For Alleged Hit-And-Run Incident". Essence. Retrieved 2019-05-19.

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Preceded by
Todd Newton and Alexandra Wehrley
Host of Miss USA with Julianne Hough
2016, 2017
Succeeded by
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey