One of the co-hosts of the new CBS reality dating show The Real Love Boat is Jerry O’Connell, who has had a long career as an actor before becoming a reality television host. The Real Love Boat is the newest CBS reality show and is part of the network’s new reality block on Wednesday nights, airing between CBS mainstays Survivor and The Amazing Race. The show, named after the classic 1970s series The Love Boat, is similar in format to several reality dating shows, the key difference being that it takes place on a cruise ship that makes stops at many romantic locations in Europe. O’Connell co-hosts the series with his wife, model and actress Rebecca Romijn.
Jerry O’Connell is known to CBS viewers for his contributions to The Talk. He joined that show as a permanent co-host in 2021, replacing the controversial Sharon Osbourne. Though he’s mostly known as an actor and talk show host, CBS reality fans may also recognize him from his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, when he was welcomed to the show by host Julie Chen-Moonves to give his thoughts on the season as a reality TV super fan.
The Real Love Boat Host Jerry O’Connell’s Acting Career Explained
Jerry O’Connell began his acting career by starring in commercials as a child in the 1980s, but his big break came when he starred in Rob Reiner’s 1986 classic coming-of-age film Stand by Me. O’Connell played Vern Tessio, one of the central characters in the adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, starring alongside fellow ’80s child stars River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Wil Wheaton. O’Connell continued to work on sitcoms and commercials in the ’80s before landing the role of Quinn Mallory in Fox sci-fi show Sliders. Though it struggled to find a wide audience at the time, Sliders is considered by many to be a cult hit, and O’Connell has received praise for his performance on the series.
O’Connell’s success in the ’90s continued with his role in Scream 2 in 1997. Following the immense success of the horror franchise’s first installment in 1996, O’Connell joined the sequel as protagonist Sidney Prescott’s college boyfriend, Derek. O’Connell had a major role in the film and is well-known for a scene in which he professes his love to Sidney in the college cafeteria by singing an a cappella rendition of the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You.” Along with Scream 2, he appeared in high-profile films like Jerry Maguire and Kangaroo Jack before transitioning back to television with a major role in Crossing Jordan. He has also worked extensively in animation as a voiceover artist, lending his talent to several animated series.
Overall, Jerry O’Connell has had a very successful career in Hollywood. Not only has he acted in several iconic films and television shows, but he has also brought his talents to unscripted programs as well. As of now, it’s unclear if he plans to continue acting, but his presence has been a boon for the inaugural season of The Real Love Boat. His vast experience in front of the camera clearly shows as he helps The Real Love Boat‘s cast find love on the open sea.
The Real Love Boat airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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