TBS lands John Cena & Nicole Byer to host Wipeout revival!
After announcing a reimagined revival for the former-ABC competition series earlier this year, TBS has found its hosts for the new iteration of Wipeout in the form of John Cena (Bumblebee) and Nicole Byer (Mapleworth Murders), according to Deadline.
“I couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store for this radically absurd show that has its own fair share of legendary faceplants,” Cena said in a statement. “The power of Wipeout is its ability to gather people of all backgrounds for fast paced, physical FUN! I look forward to seeing fan responses both new and existing. This’ll be a hosting experience unlike anything I’ve ever done! I can’t wait to get started in rooting for our contestants!”
Described as a re-imagining at the cabler, the eighth season will feature new format twists and elements that will push contestants’ athleticism and willpower to even greater extremes, all while delivering some pretty epic fails. Changes to the series will include a new format breaking it down into three rounds and features a three-stage obstacle course that consists of multiple strategy and decision points designed to further challenge and wear out the stamina of the competitors.
“Now more than ever we need a ton of fun and laughs,” Byer said in a statement, “and there’s nothing funnier than people falling over giant red balls. Wipeout is truly insane, and I’m tickled to be a part of this beloved show’s comeback.”
Cena and Byer will be joined by Camille Kostek (I Feel Pretty), who will be taking over the position of Host in the Field from the series’ previous co-hosts Jill Wagner and Vanessa Lachey.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have John, Nicole and Camille take charge of this outrageously unpredictable, family-friendly competition series,” Matt Kunitz, creator/showrunner/executive producer of Wipeout, said in a statement. “Having a sports titan and movie star next to an Emmy-nominated comedy star, alongside a seasoned co-host, they’ll complement one another with their own fantastic qualities and humor while livening the already extreme setting of Wipeout.“
In its original run, Wipeout was a real hit for ABC, drawing in 10 million viewers and a 3.7 rating to become the summer of 2008’s top-rated premiere and spawned various adaptations in more than 30 global territories including Argentina, Australia and the UK. The final season on the network averaged 3.5 million viewers and a 1.0 rating.
“Wipeout has always delivered a great deal of light and laughter in dark times – whether that was in 2008 when it first premiered in the midst of a massive recession or now again, in 2020,” Corie Henson, EVP, Head of Unscripted for TNT, TBS and truTV, said in a statement. “This is one show that brings people together – regardless of age, race or politics. With megastar John Cena and hilarious Emmy nominee Nicole Byer, and with the help of rising star, Camille Kostek, as our host in the field, Wipeout is going to be bigger, badder and ballsier than ever before.”
For consideration to be a contestant on Wipeout, fans can apply at WipeoutCasting.com.
(Photo Credits: Getty Images)