Debbie Matenopoulos

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Debbie Matenopoulos

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Debbie Matenopoulos
Born (1974-12-13) December 13, 1974 (age 43)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Education John Randolph Tucker High School
Alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University
New York University
Occupation Television host,
television personality, actress
Years active 1997–present
  • Jay Faires
    (m. 2003; div. 2008)
  • Jon Falcone (m. 2013)
Children 1

Debbie Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974) is an American television host.[1]

Early life[edit]

Matenopoulos was born in Richmond, Virginia, of Greek ancestry. She is the daughter of Efrosini, a hair stylist, and Nicolaos T. Matenopoulos, a furniture maker.[1] Her birth name is Thespina Matenopoulos, named after her grandmother. Thespina was later anglicized to Debbie.[2]

Matenopoulos went to John Randolph Tucker High School, and then attended Virginia Commonwealth University for one year before transferring to the Journalism Department at New York University. She was a member of the women’s fraternity Alpha Omicron Pi. While at NYU she also worked at MTV as an intern. She quickly moved up the ranks, soon becoming story coordinator for UnFiltered.

TV career[edit]

In 1997, Matenopoulos was an MTV production assistant[3] and, after a chance meeting with Barbara Walters was invited to audition and was cast, at age 22, as the youngest co-host on Walters’s new talk show, The View.[3] She was parodied on Saturday Night Live by Claire Danes as being an uninformed ditz[3] and eventually invited to appear on SNL as a guest, where she played herself. In January 1999, her contract with the show was not renewed, and she was replaced by Lisa Ling. Later that same year, she joined the TV Guide Channel as one of their first on-air hosts.

Matenopoulos has played Lisa Swayzak in the 2000 film Endsville, and starred in the claymation show Celebrity Deathmatch as herself.

In January 2004, Good Day Live brought in Matenopoulous (along with Arthel Neville) to co-host the nationally syndicated program. On September 29, 2004, she was hospitalized for an injury that was the result of a stunt she attempted for a segment of Good Day Live. The segment was focused on firefighter training, in which she practiced a fall from a three-story building at a Los Angeles fire station. She landed incorrectly on an airbag and was rushed to the hospital for a possible head injury. It was a closed head wound and she was temporarily blind. Despite massive promotion, including a mall-tour featuring Matenopoulous and Arthel Neville, Good Day Live was canceled by its syndicators in March 2005.

In 2004, she was part of the panel of celebrity judges in the TBS Superstation show He’s a Lady.

In January 2006, Matenopoulos joined E!‘s coverage of the Golden Globe Awards. In April of that same year, she became one of the three hosts on E!’s weeknight celebrity gossip and pop culture series, The Daily 10, a position she held until August 2009. While at E!, Debbie also hosted Fashion Police, Live from the Red Carpet, and the Style Network‘s Instant Beauty Pageant.

On July 25, 2006, over seven years after her last appearance on The View, she was invited back as a special guest co-host for a day, the first of many subsequent guest appearances she has made on the show over the years.

Matenopoulos has also been a frequent contributor to VH1 specials, including I Love the 90s and I Love Toys. She has also been a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race 3.

On July 6, 2015, Matenopoulos was named the co-host of The Insider, a position she held until the show’s cancellation on September 9, 2017. Debbie was subsequently named as a Special Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

In 2016, while still co-host of The Insider, Matenopoulos became co-host of The Home and Family Show, replacing Cristina Ferrare.

Personal life[edit]

On July 5, 2003, Matenopoulos married Jay Faires, the president of Music at Lions Gate Entertainment and founder of Mammoth Records. The pair separated in March 2008, and Faires filed for divorce on November 12, 2008 in Los Angeles County Superior Court citing “irreconcilable differences.”[4]

Matenopoulos eloped with Jon Falcone in Greece in the summer of 2013.[5] She gave birth to their daughter, Alexandra Kalliope Falcone, on October 29, 2014.

Actress (8 credits)
 2012 A Green Story
TV Show Host
 2005 Half & Half (TV Series)

The Big Dollars & Sense Episode (2005) … Joanna
 2004 American Dreams (TV Series)
Barbara Eden

The 7-10 Split (2004) … Barbara Eden
 2003 Celebrity Deathmatch (Video Game) (voice)
 2000-2002 Celebrity Deathmatch (TV Series)
Debbie Matenopoulos

Nicky Jr.’s Birthday (2002) … Debbie Matenopoulos (voice)
Clash of the Trashy Titans (2002) … Debbie Matenopoulos (voice)
Where Is Einstein’s Brain? (2001) … Debbie Matenopoulos (voice)
Festival of Food Fights (2001) … Debbie Matenopoulos (voice)
Debbie Is Pregnant (2001) … Debbie Matenopoulos (voice)
 2001 Angryman
 2000 Endsville
Lisa Swayzak
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Woman at party (1998)

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