Rove to host American special

By David Knox on December 17, 2008 / Filed Under News 24

Rove McManus is to host a primetime one-off special in the US on the ABC Network, looking back at the 2008 year in all its glory.

ABC’s The List┬ápromises to┬átake viewers on a funny, informative and provocative countdown through everything that’s happening in the world of entertainment and pop culture. That almost sounds 20 to 1 McManus-style.

The news follows on-going interest in Rove’s hosting skills, with his name once thrown in the ring by Variety for talk show gigs. He recently made another appearance on Leno’s NBC show.

The special will air Tuesday, December 23 at 10pm.

Source: AHN


  1. kami December 26, 2008 at 8:25 am -

    honestly, everyone commenting has a case of tall poppy syndrome i think

  2. Chris December 25, 2008 at 7:27 pm -

    Rove is not funny. He owes much of his popularity and success to the people who work for him – especially Peter Helliar. But after his flop, it seems now that he won’t be able to achieve his lifelong dream of being American.

  3. RoveOnline (unofficial) December 24, 2008 at 9:10 am -

    Rove interview on Good Morning America

  4. Sephiroth_FF December 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm -

    I’ve always questioned America’s sense of humour when they keep releasing dribble like Two and a Half Men but hiring Rove just goes to show that they’re really desperate. It’s bad enough seeing him on his own show (how on earth did he get one in the first place) but if he keeps going to America to host these shows then he’ll eventually stay there permanently and we’ll still have to see him.

    Really, how does this guy stay on the air?

  5. Benny December 18, 2008 at 11:31 am -

    I personally don’t think Rove is a good host. Hamish and Andy are way better, even Peter Hellier is better! I hate Carrie Bickmore. Ryan Shelton is ok, but Hamish and Andy are the legends!

  6. Ben December 18, 2008 at 9:42 am -

    Will he be ripping off Leno and Conan jokes like he usually does?

  7. bobby December 18, 2008 at 12:29 am -

    Excellent news! Makes me proud to be one of the 18 people who watched rove on 9 in 99, his stints on Leno have been popular but Leno is on NBC…. …
    which is even better if ABC contacted him, and after pushing ‘daisies’ out the door recently I was one who had turned on them too (even tho i watch lost haha) but now this news makes me like them again!
    Good on him, he deserves it.

  8. mickey December 17, 2008 at 11:59 pm -

    why put rove on american tv when people from his own country won’t watch him??

  9. Ryano December 17, 2008 at 6:49 pm -

    What the?

  10. Stanchez December 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm -

    Its Rove – who really cares.

  11. Mark December 17, 2008 at 4:47 pm -

    Audiences in the US will feel sorry for us when they see Rove McManus is the “best” Australia has. He’s an annoying little rodent.

  12. Someone BBBA December 17, 2008 at 4:38 pm -

    Wow. The only possible explanation is that they must be testing him – but for what?

  13. Tepee December 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm -

    Wow! Good for him!

  14. Erika December 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm -

    Congratulations Rove and good luck, I hope this is just the beginning.

  15. Matt December 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm -

    Sorry America…

  16. RoveOnline (unofficial) December 17, 2008 at 1:28 pm -

    @ Craig – Working on a solution as we speak. I have my fingers crossed.

  17. jezza December 17, 2008 at 1:14 pm -

    pleeeease tell me this will air in australia

  18. Jason December 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm -

    Maybe they’ll get Rove to follow Kimmel?

  19. John December 17, 2008 at 12:55 pm -

    That is really strange. I wonder how it worked out. Many people will watch wondering why someone from Australia they’ve probably never heard of or seen is hosting. Hopefully we get to see it in Australia somehow.

  20. Grinspoon December 17, 2008 at 12:29 pm -

    Good on Rove for getting this, how on earth did he manage it?

  21. Zambora December 17, 2008 at 10:44 am -

    Strange choice by ABC network.
    Don’t ABC have any capable hosts themselves.
    Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts must be busy.

  22. Richard December 17, 2008 at 10:02 am -

    Now we know why so many American political jokes were hurled at us during Rove this year. He is obviously sending the video over to his friends in LA.

  23. Craig December 17, 2008 at 9:42 am -

    Will we see it?

  24. Jason December 17, 2008 at 7:05 am -

    Hmmm, well if it’s meant to be funny, I’m afraid Rove doesn’t cut the mustard…

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