CARLSBAD, Calif., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ross Mathews, a television personality featured regularly on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and E!'s Chelsea Lately, has joined the Jenny Craig Program as a new celebrity spokesperson after seeing the transformation of his friend, Sara Rue, who lost 50 pounds* on the program after becoming a Jenny Craig spokesperson. Mathews, who got his start as "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has already lost 25 pounds in 12 weeks* on Jenny Craig, with a goal to lose a total of 40 pounds.
"I think the most amazing part about Jenny Craig – and why it works – is the access you get to a personal consultant who tailors the program for you. They're like your Food Fairy Godmothers! Sure, the food is great and yummy and handy, but it's all about the guidance your consultant provides you. I am so, so excited to finally feel like I'm in control of my weight again. This is a major lifestyle change and I am beyond thrilled that I have lost 25 lbs so far! I'm almost there," said Mathews.
Mathews, a self-proclaimed yo-yo dieter, said he was inspired to join the Jenny Craig Program after seeing close friend and Jenny Craig celebrity spokesperson Sara Rue lose 50 pounds* through learning healthy eating habits and regular activity with the support of her consultant Michele. "I saw Sara change her attitude toward food and exercise and I had to get in on that action," said Mathews. "I'm really learning through Jenny Craig that I can have a healthy relationship with food, even when I'm dining out or traveling, which I do a lot."
Rue, who is the host of CW's Shedding for the Wedding, serves as an inspiration to Ross to stay motivated and committed to a healthier lifestyle. "When I first started losing weight on the Jenny Craig Program, people would tell me they could see me change right before their eyes. Now, I see Ross going through the same transformation and it is incredible," said Rue. "I see him taking these steps toward becoming happier and healthier, and it makes me want to keep serving as a positive role model for him and others."
Already 25 pounds down,* Mathews is receiving compliments about his slimmer appearance. "While I was covering the Oscars, celebrities left and right told me how great I looked, and then I gushed about my Jenny Craig Consultant Michele," laughed Mathews. "I've dreamed of having balance in my life, and I really felt out of balance with this weight gain hanging over my head. Now, I really feel like I have a handle on this beast, and no longer am I afraid to lose weight and be a happier me, thanks to Jenny Craig."
Mathews will serve as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig alongside other celebrity spokespeople Carrie Fisher ("Wishful Drinking"), Valerie Bertinelli ("Hot in Cleveland"), Sara Rue ("Shedding for the Wedding"), Nicole Sullivan ("$#*! My Dad Says") and Jason Alexander ("Curb Your Enthusiasm").
*Clients following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 pounds per week.
About Ross Mathews
Over the last 9 years, Ross Mathews has interviewed some of the biggest stars in the world and has made the nation laugh all the while. Whether he was covering movie premieres, the Winter Olympic Games, the Academy Awards, jumping out of a plane or shopping in London with pal Gwyneth Paltrow, Ross' unique approach is always fresh, outrageous and fun. E! Entertainment Television named Ross one of the 30 Most Outrageous Celebrities, solidifying his spot as one of the most exciting personalities on television today.
Ross has traveled the world as a Tonight Show correspondent, interviewing everyone from Oscar winners to British royalty, quickly becoming a staple of late-night television and a favorite of the public.
And late-night television is just the beginning! In addition to guest starring on NBC's 1 vs. 100 and Phenomenon, Ross also appeared as a guest co-host of ABC's The View, as a contestant on the fifth season of VH1's highly popular Celebrity Fit Club, as a celebrity correspondent for the entertainment news programs Extra and CBS's The Insider, as the recurring character "Chris" on Days of Our Lives and as the co-host of The Game Show Network's Big Saturday Night, E!'s Live From the Red Carpet: The Screen Actors Guild Awards and VH1's Live Red Carpet: The Critic's Choice Awards.
Currently, Ross continues his Tonight Show correspondent duties (he also serves as a "Creative Consultant" for the show) and is a weekly regular panelist on E!'s hit late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately.
Most recently, Ross was featured on OWN's Ask Oprah's All-Stars, played himself on ABC Family's Christmas Cupid and will be guest-staring in the upcoming After Lately on E! It was also announced that Ross will co-star and produce a pilot for E! with Chelsea Handler's production company, Borderline Amazing, alongside fellow Chelsea Lately roundtable regular, Heather McDonald.
In February 2011, Mathews began touring colleges speaking about his experiences climbing the Hollywood ladder and discussing his humorous take on pop culture.
Ross resides in Los Angeles with his family and blogs daily at HelloRoss.com.
About Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig offers a comprehensive Food-Body-Mind program designed to help clients manage their weight by creating a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and developing a balanced approach to living. With its tailored YourStyle® program, Jenny Craig is committed to a personalized approach to weight loss by offering each client a one-on-one weekly consultation and a customized weight management plan designed to optimize individual success. With more than 80 delicious Jenny's Cuisine™ menu items, Jenny Craig's program is available in-centre and our at-home program, Jenny Craig at Home®.
Jenny Craig, Inc., based in Carlsbad, CA, and owned by Nestle, is one of the world's largest weight management companies, with more than 725 company-owned and franchised Centres in the United States, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.
SOURCE Jenny Craig, Inc.