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Q100’s Jenn Hobby co-hosting ‘Live With Regis & Kelly’ today

Regis-and-Jenn-HobbyQ100’s Jenn Hobby subbed out for Kelly Ripa this morning on “Live with Regis & Kelly,” one of four radio hosts who won a national contest to be on national TV.

She made no notable snafus and didn’t seem nervous. As a guest host, she wisely let Regis Philbin take the lead, especially during the celebrity interview segments.

Wearing a modest dark blue dress with a black belt, Hobby gave her radio family major props by name. They even aired the moment last week when she found out she made it on Regis.

“We talk about our personal lives,” she said. “We are invested in each other.”

She said she first met Bert Weiss back in 2002, a year before he hired her to replace Lindsay Brien. (She didn’t say it, but she started her radio career at the now-defunct 95.5/The Beat.)

She also told Regis how she met her fiance Grant Rivera, a principal, who was in the audience. Regis asked Grant about how American students are lagging behind others. Grant joked how his students are smarter than he is, adding, “We have to help them stay focused learning that there’s life after high school. It’s a great school.” This seemed like a rather odd place to delve into America’s education system so Regis moved on.

Jenn said she first met Grant when his school’s band came into the studio after getting invited to be part of Pres. Obama’s inauguration. “Their little geeky band members came in, and then their geeky band director came in, and then the gorgeous principal,” she said. “Well, hello! How are you? Nice to meet you!” [UPDATE: Some folks below in the comment section were offended by her use of "geeky." We'll see what she has to say Monday on the Bert Show. I'll update this then.]

She said it was a year before they had their first date.

After promos and ads, it was time for the celebrity segments.

Hayden Christensen was notably forgettable promoting a movie. She kissed his cheek when he entered so Regis later joked, “The principal didn’t like it.  You might have to spend some extra time in school!”

Melissa Joan Hart, an actress promoting her ABC Family show, was livelier. She married a musician. (Jenn once married a musician, too,  but that ended in divorce. She artfully chose not to mention that.) She did reference an Atlanta connection: she ran into Joey Lawrence shooting a film called “My Fake Fiance” here two years ago and that led to the sitcom they’re doing now called, of course, “Melissa & Joey.”

Hobby, a self-described foodie, wanted to do a cooking segment. She ended up hosting a “Firehouse Cook-Off” but didn’t actually get to do any cooking.

Q100’s Bert Show aired pretty much the entire hour with the show members inserting their comments. “She is really a natural,” a caller said. The audio will be up on the Bert Show website.

131 comments Add your comment

Eileen

August 20th, 2010
10:34 am

Yeeah! Go Jenn! I have it on DVR and gonna watch it when I get home! I am so proud of The Bert Show and Jenn!

Herman from Dunwoody

August 20th, 2010
10:45 am

Eeehh Jenn can i have your dress to sell on ebay? Wanna go to a tea pahty rally wit me? I know Southside Steve…wanna meet him? Or Larry?

The Standard

August 20th, 2010
10:48 am

YAY JENN!!!! Sounded fab. Will watch later!

dawgfanatl

August 20th, 2010
10:48 am

Very proud of you Jenn!!!! Way to represent the A.T.L.!!

Jack Diamond

August 20th, 2010
10:50 am

Best part? Wendy talking about how she sweats on national TV.

controversy

August 20th, 2010
10:53 am

Jenn did OK! It would’ve been better with fewer hand motions & less clapping (Kelly doesn’t clap). I also think a hip outfit would’ve set her apart from the previous 3 co-hosts. Each one wore a conservative dress, as did Jenn. Leggings & a cool top would’ve been great, Jenn – especially for a Friday show! Her high heels made her much taller than Regis! Jenn kind of dwarfed Regis physically. She has a large head, which is GREAT for TV! Vanna White was hired by Merv Griffin because her large head looked well on TV! Good job, Jenn.

Scott

August 20th, 2010
10:59 am

I’m just happy it wasn’t Melissa giving Regis an earful about Katie Jo this and Katie Jo that!

The Squirt Show

August 20th, 2010
11:00 am

I’m sure the students and band director at her future ex-husband’s school enjoyed being called “geeks” on national tv. Stay classy Jenn Hobby!

Southside Steve

August 20th, 2010
11:01 am

I think i should sub for Reg when he goes on vacation. I can tell Kelly ’bout the lemon test, i can ask if shes innerested in bein’ 405 or whatever sniff sniff yeah c’mon. I can tell her ’bout Pepe the poodle, the waterheads, maybe do an In My Stall segment. If we do a cooking segment,
i can show ‘em my recipe for fried balogna sammiches and tick turds…sniff sniff yeah cmon!

Dawn

August 20th, 2010
11:04 am

Everything went great until the “geek” statement…Just a bit mean Jen Hobby!

Atlanta

August 20th, 2010
11:06 am

The unfortunate thing about Wendy stating, “My armpits are sweaty,” is that I’m afraid viewers thought Jenn said it instead of idiot Wendy. Wendy, would you please pipe down? You are not nearly as cute/funny as you think you are. Just be quiet sometimes! We’re doing our best to tune you out, but you just keep talking.

Anastasia

August 20th, 2010
11:10 am

I cringed when Jenn Hobby described the band director and band members as “geeks.” Felt really bad for them to be called that on national TV! When Grant said, “Sir?” (as though he didn’t hear the question) after he’d already answered a couple of Regis’s questions, it was clearly a “buy time” strategy. I wonder if Grant knew he’d be interviewed!

Yankee Fan

August 20th, 2010
11:11 am

Jenn did GREAT! She made Atlanta proud. She was poised, chatty, charming, and all around professional! AND, she looked wonderful!!! Congrats, Jenn!

Cameron

August 20th, 2010
11:13 am

I was so pleased that Jenn left her valley girl talk at the door! Please keep it up on TBS, too, Jenn! Boycott “like,” “you know what I mean?” and “or whatever.” You sounded so much better this morning! Well done!!!

Juggs & Buns Magazine

August 20th, 2010
11:16 am

On second thought, her rack is too small for our magazine. Sorry.

Band Director Zac Cogdill & The Blue Eagle Marching Band

August 20th, 2010
11:32 am

Did I hear that Jenn believes we’re geeks?

gagirl

August 20th, 2010
11:39 am

I’m not a huge Jenn fan but I thought she did well and looked comfortable. The “geek” comment was not funny and in poor taste. That’s just the real Jenn coming through, though. I knew when I heard her fiance went shopping with her what kind of outfit she’d wind up in….conservative and all covered up. I really thought she should have worn something stylish like Kelly. I’m sure this Grant guy seems nice but I detect some control issues. Of course, Jenn has her own issues too. If you’re marrying a man in November you might want to be able to go #2 in his presence. But that’s just me…..

johnny

August 20th, 2010
11:46 am

Ouch on the geek comment — I’m afraid that may overshadow an otherwise great performance. It’s really no different than as if she’d said fat instead of geeky — it really comes across as shallow, but I guess we all make mistakes.

joe

August 20th, 2010
11:51 am

@ GA girl…nobody and I mean nobody wants to digest any of your #2 smells, so if you have a dude and want to keep him, wait to go until he is out of the bathroom…just common courtesy. Great job Jenn!

RK

August 20th, 2010
11:51 am

Band members aren’t geeks?

carmen

August 20th, 2010
11:52 am

Not highlighted on TBS, but Jen & Grand had their first date in January 2010. Wedding date is November. How well do you really know someone in 10 months? She won’t go #2 even behind a closed bathroom door if he’s in the residence. Clearly not being herself around him.

Sick if Jenn Hobby

August 20th, 2010
11:52 am

When will this conceeded woman finish with her 15 minutes of fame. I have met her personally out and about at appearences and other functions socially. She is very self absorbed and judgemental. Now she has had her uneventful hour on national TV…go home now. Also, in reference to her upcoming marriage…she has already been divorced once…how about getting to know Grant before you start calling divorce lawyer number 2.

Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel

August 20th, 2010
11:58 am

Jenn! I was in a high school band once, too! Did you always think I was a geek? You ripped my heart out, stomped on it, and threw it in the dumpster. You were so nice to the South Cobb High School band members … and now this – on national TV!

Ashley

August 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

I thought Jenn Hobby did a great job. Loved her outfit, loved her poise, loved her contributions. A true natural. I did cringe a bit at the “geek” comment, but come on people, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Band members are notoriously known as geeks even if they’re not! Unfortunately, that’s the way pop culture has framed you. It’s a shame she said it on national TV, but she was just being her bubbly, cute self — no vindictiveness behind it. I knew at that moment all the petty people would be coming out of the woodwork whining about it and using it to trash her. Everyone always has to pick something to dwell on and make it seem like the person did the absolute most worst thing on the planet. The absolute worst thing on the planet is not “Jenn Hobby called me a band geek on national TV.” Get over it. Can’t you all just be happy for someone from your hometown making a dream come true? You did a wonderful job Jenn!

GT Bee

August 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

Oh, get over the “geek” comment. Band members have been known as geeks since the beginning of time… and every Hollywood movie, written book, and story has continued to portray them that way. Those kids should be proud that their band got a shout out on national TV!
Most of us are proud of being a band dork!!!

Tripper

August 20th, 2010
12:07 pm

news flash! 75% of band members aren’t geeks, they are complete dorks. “geek” was a generous comment, she could have been far more harsh. Good job Jenn! You rock!

Cheryl Stephens

August 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

Jenn you did great!!! I love the Bert show you guys ROCK!!!

Ashley

August 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

LOL – Love it Tripper!

Jack Diamond

August 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

Carmen, how do you get engaged with someone if you haven’t even traveled with them? Or just got divorced?

Hey Sick, the word is not “conceeded”….

carmen

August 20th, 2010
12:17 pm

@Jack Diamond. That’s what I’m saying. She did a 20-minute Bert Show segment about how she accidentally passed gas in bed and went on & on about how mortified she was about it – prayed that he hadn’t heard it. To me, you should be comfortable enough w/each other to laugh at such natural things. They did take some trip together, so maybe they know each other better than how it seems.

Kimberly McAllister

August 20th, 2010
12:21 pm

I was so….. excited to see Jenn(well hear her on The Bert Show, I’ll watch it later) So proud of you girl!!!!

Steven S.

August 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

I would have worn a dress just to be on Regis’s show. We could talk about baby NOLA and Sofie. Afterward I could get him a good table at the Palm.

Kevin

August 20th, 2010
12:28 pm

Even Glee fans are self-deprecating enough to call themselves “Gleeks”.

I guess this board is populated with a bunch of, um, band alums.

Get over yourselves.

Jenn did a great job.

alissa

August 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

I was really surprised to see the wart/pimple on her chin. She has a very pretty smile, though!

WOW

August 20th, 2010
12:39 pm

@Kevin, it wasn’t that she called these people Geeks. It’s that she kept re enforcing it. NOT good, since those are the people that listen to her…. or did….

Christine

August 20th, 2010
12:49 pm

Am I the only one who thinks that Jenn looked like a nervous wreck? I thought she came across as fake and unnatural. And her clapping was really annoying! I couldn’t believe she called the band members “geeks” and that they aired Wendy (which came across sounding as if Jenn said it) talking about sweaty armpits. At least she didn’t get tongue-tied. Or fall. Or get pegged in the face with a beach ball. On the positive side, loved her dress and her hair looked great! Her eyes didn’t look squinty like they usually do. And she does have a nice smile!

Johnny

August 20th, 2010
12:54 pm

Jenn Ho-be sucks!

Amanda e

August 20th, 2010
12:58 pm

Christine, she did seem more nervous than I thought she’d be. She was trying to speak very formally & properly, enunciating each word – which is understandable. However, I think she was coached (or was smart enough to think of it herself) to not be like Shannon & Jayde, who shamelessly gushed & flirted with Regis. Now, that was uncomfortable! Wish she’d worn cropped, funky pants or something fun! The assistants did fix her bra strap after the first segment. She must be on cloud 9. Good job, Jenn.

Former Band Geek

August 20th, 2010
1:01 pm

I thought Jenn did a great job. I am a former, self-proclaimed band geek and knew the minute she said it people would harp on it.

Let it go.

It is an honor to be a geek, nerd, or dork. That means we are smart, funny, and cute!!! At least I’m not a jock. Ick :)

Geat job, Jenn. I hope there are many more opportunities in your future.

Carol

August 20th, 2010
1:22 pm

I think what she said was “There was the geeky band director”. Don’t make it into more than it really is!

I think you did a Great job Jenn!!!

Amanda

August 20th, 2010
1:29 pm

@Carol “and these geeky band students … ” As Melissa Carter says, if it hurts someone, “Just Stop!!!”

Sam

August 20th, 2010
1:30 pm

great job jenn!

Cammi317

August 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

I think everyone is making a bit too much about the “geek” statement. My daughter and her friends proudly refer to themselves as band geeks.

Not an iPhone using 30 something yuppie poser

August 20th, 2010
2:04 pm

I’m not sure what’s funnier. Discussing a retarded person on TV, or blogging about a retarded person on TV. Either way, I am laughing.

Get over it

August 20th, 2010
2:17 pm

She didn’t call the band members geeks, she only referred to the band director.

Steve

August 20th, 2010
2:27 pm

The “geek” comment was probably nerves. If you remember Kelly’s audition. A guest was asking for suggestions on a name for the upcoming birth of their daughter and she suggested “Jemima”.

RocketMama

August 20th, 2010
2:55 pm

I have to say, from meeting Jen at an event, she seems quite shallow & judgmental, but who knows. I DO hope the relationship works out for (Dr.) Grant Rivera – he is a GREAT guy who had a BAD 1st marriage to a cheerleading coach who cheated on him with her H.S. students (documented). Hmmmmm – and she could be Jen Hobby’s twin sister. Scary. I wish him all the best – he is a nice guy, Geeky or NOT!!

Jessamine

August 20th, 2010
2:56 pm

I’m a former band member. We always called ourselves the band geeks. What’s the big deal??

The Squirt Show

August 20th, 2010
3:29 pm

I see The Bert Show interns are again blogging in support of the classless Jenn Hobby.

As a former band geek, I have no problem with the term. But the fact that the soon to be wife of the school’s principal called his kids and one of his employees as such on national television was in VERY poor taste. Would everyone who thinks it wasn’t a big deal also not have a problem if she referred to the Bert’s Big Adventure kids as a bunch of retards? She should be ashamed of herself and should apologize.

cindy

August 20th, 2010
3:36 pm

I love Jenn and thought she did a good job. I think the geek statement was just nerves, and unfortunately now everyone is going to blow it out of proportion. Good job, Jenn! You looked great!