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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mMariaMenounos.I'mthehostofConversationswithMariaMenounosonSiriusXM,creatorofAfterBuzzTV,andanEmmy-winningjournalist.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVEon5/28@2:30pmET.

Maria Menounos
Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality

Your questions will be answered on Monday, May 28th at 2:30pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi! I'm Maria Menounos. I'm an Emmy Award-winner who holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family. 

At 22, I became the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight; I went on to do the same for TODAY Show and Nightly News. I'm also the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide-release feature film. I'm also a part time WWE professional wrestler and personality, with a record of 4-0.

I competed on Dancing with the Stars, advancing to the semi finals with broken ribs and feet, topping the finalists in scoring. While competing on DTWS, despite my injuries, I wrestled at Wrestlemania. My historic match helped usher in the current female empowerment movement within WWE. 

I'm a two-time New York Times Best Selling author of The EveryGirl's Guide To…  book series. I'm also the longest running international spokesperson and face of Pantene hair care products. 

As an actress on the big screen, you might have seen me in Tropic Thunder, Kickin it Old Skool', and The Fantastic Four. Small-screen acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’ Without a Trace, NBC’s Scrubs, and HBO’s Entourage, as well as a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill.

Currently, I host SiriusXM Stars popular daily morning show, Conversations with Maria, and am the Host and Producer of NCM's First Look. 

I created the ABC special, Dance Battle America, with Julianne Hough, and my production company has several other projects in production. Along with partner, Keven Undergaro, I  launched Maria's Greek Kitchen, a food stand at Boston's historic Fenway Park. In the digital space, Kevin and I also co-founded AfterBuzz TV, one of the largest digital broadcast networks worldwide, producing over 400 TV ‘after-shows’ for favorite TV shows and 100-200 hours of original programming per week. The AfterBuzz TV Network is comprised of over 200 hosts, features daily celebrity guests, and is seen and heard in over 150 countries. 

In addition, we co-founded the Popcorn Talk Network, one of the leading digital broadcast platforms for movie and pop culture discussion. The collective networks carry a mission to aid, mentor, and nurture the careers of aspiring hosts and journalists. To that point, AfterBuzz has helped launch the careers of former AfterBuzz TV hosts. 

An interesting fact about me is that my mom was diagnosed a year ago with stage 4 brain cancer and, ironically, I was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor.  Both my mother and I had them removed surgically, and mine was the size of a golf ball. The experience led me to being heavily immersed in helping others with cancer, brain tumors, and other health crises.

Along with being a champion of talent and helping women and human beings in general, I am very passionate about animals and am avid in pet rescue. 

As a girl who did not speak English until the first grade and one who worked as a janitor cleaning Boston nightclubs throughout my adolescence, I am proof that you can come from humble beginnings and succeed.  Most importantly, I am proof that you can remain true to yourself and humble. and still care deeply for others.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Monday, May 28th at 2:30pm ET.

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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    4mo ago New York, NY, United States

    Lastly, how has your upbringing molded you into the person you are today?

    Lastly, how has your upbringing molded you into the person you are today?

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    4mo ago New York, NY, USA

    It's so inspiring to see how incredibly hard you worked throughout life, and the incredible heights you've achieved today. We are honored to have you on Mogul!


    What was your experience like as a janitor? I love this fun fact about you! How did you and why did you get that job initially? 

    It's so inspiring to see how incredibly hard you worked throughout life, and the incredible heights you've achieved today. We are honored to have you on Mogul!


    What was your experience like as a janitor? I love this fun fact about you! How did you and why did you get that job initially? 

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    4mo ago New York, NY, United States

    @Maria Menounos  thank you so much for being a guest on AAM! I am so glad you and your mom are okay and I'm so sorry you all went through this. What were the symptoms you all had, and what preventatives do you recommend? 

    @Maria Menounos  thank you so much for being a guest on AAM! I am so glad you and your mom are okay and I'm so sorry you all went through this. What were the symptoms you all had, and what preventatives do you recommend? 

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    4mo ago New York, NY, United States

    Also, I was so moved to learn about your childhood and how you are self-made. I really admire people who are self-made and didn't have funds to rely on growing up. What is your advice for young women who have big dreams, but are afraid to pursue them because they feel caught in unfortunate circumstances?

    Also, I was so moved to learn about your childhood and how you are self-made. I really admire people who are self-made and didn't have funds to rely on growing up. What is your advice for young women who have big dreams, but are afraid to pursue them because they feel caught in unfortunate circumstances?

  • SamanthaShoe
    4mo ago

    @Maria Menounos  what inspired you to start AfterBuzz TV? 

    @Maria Menounos  what inspired you to start AfterBuzz TV? 

  • NicoleW
    4mo ago

    What advice do you have for someone who aspires to be an entertainment talk show host? 

    What advice do you have for someone who aspires to be an entertainment talk show host? 

  • lpeteroy
    4mo ago

    What is your morning pre-work routine and how does it contribute to your success?

    What is your morning pre-work routine and how does it contribute to your success?

  • dylanf
    4mo ago

    @Maria Menounos Thank you for sharing your inspirational story regarding your medical history! Do you have any encouraging words for anyone going through similar health crises who may be listening?

    @Maria Menounos Thank you for sharing your inspirational story regarding your medical history! Do you have any encouraging words for anyone going through similar health crises who may be listening?

  • Amanda Brophy 3
    4mo ago

    Here's a fun non-work related question - as a fellow Bostonian in LA, where are the best places to watch the Patriots games? #GoPats : )

    Here's a fun non-work related question - as a fellow Bostonian in LA, where are the best places to watch the Patriots games? #GoPats : )

  • Danica
    4mo ago

    I love you!! When I was little I wanted to grow up to be just like you!! How hard was it to decide to leave E! News to focus on your health and wellbeing?

    I love you!! When I was little I wanted to grow up to be just like you!! How hard was it to decide to leave E! News to focus on your health and wellbeing?

  • lagirlie1218
    4mo ago

    Hi! What is the best advice you have received in regards to your career?


    Hi! What is the best advice you have received in regards to your career?


  • Kaushikee
    Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
    4mo ago Dublin, CA, USA

    Hello @Maria Menounos  - incredibly excited to hear from you. The hardships you've endured and the positive channels you've channeled your experience and passions into are truly inspiring. I'm sorry about your medical experiences and hope both you and your mother are doing well. 


    You've mentioned that remaining true to yourself is important to you, what are experiences when you've felt this was threatened and how did you stay true to yourself? Also, of all the television shows you've hosted and acted on, which do you consider the most influential?

    Hello @Maria Menounos  - incredibly excited to hear from you. The hardships you've endured and the positive channels you've channeled your experience and passions into are truly inspiring. I'm sorry about your medical experiences and hope both you and your mother are doing well. 


    You've mentioned that remaining true to yourself is important to you, what are experiences when you've felt this was threatened and how did you stay true to yourself? Also, of all the television shows you've hosted and acted on, which do you consider the most influential?

  • dylanf
    4mo ago

    @Maria Menounos Thank you for sharing your inspirational story regarding your medical history! Do you have any encouraging words for anyone going through similar health crises who may be listening?

    @Maria Menounos Thank you for sharing your inspirational story regarding your medical history! Do you have any encouraging words for anyone going through similar health crises who may be listening?

  • Ashley Patterson 90

    Amazing that you started hosting on ET so young. What were some of the key steps you took, or would recommend someone take, to break into TV hosting?

    Amazing that you started hosting on ET so young. What were some of the key steps you took, or would recommend someone take, to break into TV hosting?

  • muldoonski
    4mo ago

    Who have been your favorite guests on Conversations with Maria?

    Who have been your favorite guests on Conversations with Maria?

  • MTFan93
    4mo ago Cornell University, Broad St, New York, NY, USA

    Wow that last paragraph of your bio is the real thing. I admire that you overcame struggles to succeed. Were there times along the way where you struggled? What did it feel like when you made it? 

    Wow that last paragraph of your bio is the real thing. I admire that you overcame struggles to succeed. Were there times along the way where you struggled? What did it feel like when you made it? 

  • Maddy Bernstein
    4mo ago

    Is your mom doing okay?

    Is your mom doing okay?

  • abbeym
    4mo ago

    Hosting ET at 22 is such an incredible accomplishment, was there anything you did to stand out and define yourself as a great host?

    Hosting ET at 22 is such an incredible accomplishment, was there anything you did to stand out and define yourself as a great host?

  • Danica
    4mo ago

    What was your hardest interview subject and why?

    What was your hardest interview subject and why?

  • Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality
    4mo ago

    hey everyone!


    hey everyone!


  • Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality
    4mo ago

    hey maddy not sure why i cant reply directly...but mom is doing well. cant say enough about the ketogenic diet...and the benefits of marijuana for cancer. shes in great spirits and we believe she is a miracle and will continue to be!

    hey maddy not sure why i cant reply directly...but mom is doing well. cant say enough about the ketogenic diet...and the benefits of marijuana for cancer. shes in great spirits and we believe she is a miracle and will continue to be!

  • Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality
    4mo ago

    Hello so excited to talk to you guys! 

    Hello so excited to talk to you guys! 

  • Sarah Fein
    4mo ago

    Do you ever do public speaking for events? 

    Do you ever do public speaking for events? 

  • IllanaRaia76
    4mo ago

    On behalf of motivated middle school Êtregirls, two questions: (1) What did you do when people told you that you were too young for certain jobs? How did you handle being underestimated because of your age or gender? (2) What’s your best advice for middle school girls who want to make a difference in the world NOW...not someday? Thank you! 🙋🏻🙋🏽🙋

    On behalf of motivated middle school Êtregirls, two questions: (1) What did you do when people told you that you were too young for certain jobs? How did you handle being underestimated because of your age or gender? (2) What’s your best advice for middle school girls who want to make a difference in the world NOW...not someday? Thank you! 🙋🏻🙋🏽🙋

  • Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality
    4mo ago

    Hello! Excited to talk to you all :) 

    Hello! Excited to talk to you all :) 

    • David Pham
      David Pham CTO/CPO of Mogul
      4mo ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Maria! Thank you for answering our questions! We're so happy to have you!

      Hi Maria! Thank you for answering our questions! We're so happy to have you!

      • David Pham
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        4mo ago New York, NY, United States

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  • charsandler
    4mo ago

    What is your favorite greek desert?

    What is your favorite greek desert?

  • lagirlie1218
    4mo ago

    HI! What is the best advice you have received in your career?

    HI! What is the best advice you have received in your career?

  • lagirlie1218
    4mo ago

    Hi! What is the best advice you have received in regards to your career?


    Hi! What is the best advice you have received in regards to your career?


  • lagirlie1218
    4mo ago

    Hi! What is the best advice you have received in regards to your career?

    Hi! What is the best advice you have received in regards to your career?

  • CoStev
    4mo ago

    @Maria Menounos Whats your favorite workout when you can't make it to the gym on a given day?

    @Maria Menounos Whats your favorite workout when you can't make it to the gym on a given day?

  • Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality
    4mo ago

    Hello all! 

    So excited to speak with you :) 

    Hello all! 

    So excited to speak with you :) 

  • Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality
    4mo ago

    Hello all! So excited to speak with you... 

    Hello all! So excited to speak with you... 

  • murpmurp
    4mo ago

    When you were first starting out in this industry, how did you stay motivated? What kept you going when things were difficult?

    When you were first starting out in this industry, how did you stay motivated? What kept you going when things were difficult?

  • blahblahblah
    4mo ago

    Will we see you acting again anytime soon?

    Will we see you acting again anytime soon?

  • deesee
    4mo ago

    What is your favorite thing about working in the entertainment industry?

    What is your favorite thing about working in the entertainment industry?

  • Christine Kix
    Christine Kix Mogul Influencer | Former contributor at Madame Noire
    3mo ago Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Hi Maria, congratulations on all your success in your career. Sounds like you have a lot of media projects on the go, can you give any advice on how to structure a pitch and have your ideas heard by the people who can help to get them off the ground?

    Hi Maria, congratulations on all your success in your career. Sounds like you have a lot of media projects on the go, can you give any advice on how to structure a pitch and have your ideas heard by the people who can help to get them off the ground?

  • Christine Kix
    Christine Kix Mogul Influencer | Former contributor at Madame Noire
    3mo ago Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Hi Maria, congratulations on all your success in your career. Sounds like you have a lot of media projects on the go, can you give any advice on how to structure a pitch and have your ideas heard by the people who can help to get them off the ground?

    Hi Maria, congratulations on all your success in your career. Sounds like you have a lot of media projects on the go, can you give any advice on how to structure a pitch and have your ideas heard by the people who can help to get them off the ground?


Maria Menounos
Emmy-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist, Part-Time Professional Wrestler, Author, Actor & Television Personality

As a journalist, Emmy Award-winner Maria Menounos holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family: an interview touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to Obama’s victory. Maria’s achievements have thus far set numerous industry [...]

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