Posted: 28 Jan 2013 08:19 PM PST
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian reality television family, is getting her own daytime TV talk show later this year, U.S. broadcast network Fox said on Monday.
Jenner's show, which will be called Kris, will begin a test run in the summer on Fox affiliates in Los Angeles, New York and other cities.
If expanded nationwide, the show could catapult Jenner, 57, from manager to lifestyle expert alongside daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe who have starred on reality series on U.S. channel E!.
The daily, one-hour show will feature celebrity guests and address lifestyle trends, Fox said. Jenner has previously been a guest host on CBS daytime talk show The Talk.
"This is something I have wanted to do all my life so it's definitely a dream come true! I can't wait for this new adventure to begin," Jenner said in a statement.
Jenner, who was married to the late attorney and businessman Robert Kardashian, is now married to Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner, 63.
Posted: 29 Jan 2013 05:11 AM PST
Top Gear Korea host Yeon Jung-Hoon talks about his love of cars as he brings his entertainment skills to infotainment.
We love cheap cars!" This would not have been the expected comment to hear from one who has sped Lamborghinis, Jaguars, Mercedes and BMWs to at least 320km/h, and who now owns a Ferrari 458 Spider.
But having said that, Yeon Jung-Hoon is not the glamorous K-pop actor who only brings good looks.
Together with Kim Jin-pyo and Cho Min-ki, who are both notable Korean racing celebrities, he will be offering viewers more spellbinding thrills in the second season of Top Gear Korea, including car skydiving stunts in Arizona, United States, an automobile football match between Korea and Japan, and racing Ferraris in Shanghai, China to name a few.
"There is a vast difference in Season Two. In the previous season, we had a lot of ideas and concepts, but we could not implement them. This season, however, with a bigger budget, we managed to work up a larger scale production that will bring more excitement," said 34-year-old Yeon who was in Kuala Lumpur recently to promote the motoring show.
The show is known to test cars to their limits, and although motorsports can be as perilous as bullfighting where just one careless mistake at the eighth of a second can send one to the grave, Yeon seems to be having fun in this automobile journalism career that was once his hobby.
"I'm glad that I can make money out of my hobby. It's fun and exciting to be able to drive so many different cars and explore them firsthand. For instance, I got to do a comparison between Lamborghinis and also race Ferraris. I found this interesting because in reality, Ferraris are so valuable that you wouldn't even think of actually racing one on the road!"
Yeon was educated in the United States, where he had his first car, a Nissan 240SX. The chap has adored cars ever since he could remember.
Throughout the years, he has also been experimenting with different ways of enhancing a car's performance.
"I used to modify cars back when I was in high school, starting with my first car. I also did that with my third car. However, I began to realise that there wasn't much meaning in making so many modifications, because at the end of the day, the modifications cost more than buying a new car.
"Also, when you sell the car, it would not reflect much in the car's value. So, if I want to tune a car, I might as well save the money and buy a better car," added Yeon who first came to fame because of the 2008 MBC drama, East Of Eden.
Despite having the opportunity to drive an array of luxury automobiles, Yeon still insists that posh cars might not make good cars.
"It all boils down to the driver. A good driver is one with whom a passenger feels comfortable with."
When asked whether his wife, actress Han Ga-in feels safe with him performing death defying feats, he explained, "It is actually safer to race in the track than to drive on the street. In producing our show, all the cars have to be pre-ridden and every act is monitored closely. And I have been involved in motor racing for many years now, so she is totally fine with it."
From acting to automobile journalism, it takes more than just skills to make it this far. In this era where cars have been made accessible, there are many youths out there who would want to pursue a similar career, and this is Yeon's advice to them.
"After coming on the show, I realised that having a solid foundation of knowledge is very important. If you know the background of the mechanism, when it comes to troubleshooting the problem, you can easily assess the situation.
"So, you need to try out and get a feel of as many cars as you can. When you feel it, experience it and execute it, the knowledge becomes yours. This is something articles won't give you," he advised.
Nonetheless, Yeon admitted that to be able to achieve what he was saying is indeed a costly affair. He added that it all boils down to passion.
"With passion, everything is possible!" exclaimed Yeon.
He recalled the days back in college when he used to have discussions with his peers, and how they used to scour automobile magazines for the latest information.
Though Yeon has now outsteered his career expectations, he noted that he is still an actor first and an automobile journalist, second. And it looks like Yeon will definitely race ahead in his automotive endeavours.
■ Top Gear Korea Season 2 airs every Tuesday night at 9pm on KIX HD (Astro Ch 729).
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