If you happened to turn on Chelsea Lately last night and heard a high-pitched buzzing, it wasn’t killer bees attacking the studio. Former Tonight Show
punchline intern Ross Matthews, 31, was sitting in for host Chelsea Handler. And we gotta say he did a good job—riffing with the straight boys and totally bonding with panelist Arden Myrin (not to mention gushing over guest Joey “Whoah!” Lawrence.)
It’s all part of E!’s plan to groom the flamboyant (that’s TV speak for “utterly, undeniably gay”) comic for his own chat show. Matthews has subbed for Handler before on the cable channel, where he’s also appeared Live from the Red Carpet and E! News. Elsewhere on the dial he still stops by The Tonight Show, as well as The View, Celebrity Fit Club and Days of our Lives—and is also a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. “I’ve been earning my stripes for the past decade,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And really honing my craft as far as surrounding myself with people that inspire me… I’ve been so lucky that they provided my opportunity to develop a clear voice that the audience has responded to.”
Clear voice? Honey, you could shatter crystal with that thing. We kid, we kid—best of luck, boychick!
Image via HelloRoss.com/E! Entertainment