This past weekend, Homorazzi covered the red carpet for the annual Jet Set VIFF Red Carpet event, hosted by ET Canada (Entertainment Tonight Canada) anchor Rick Campanelli. He interviewed actors in town for the film festival as the stepped onto the red carpet, while we were further down doing the same thing. Now, as you know, he’s usually the one asking the questions as one of the reporters on Entertainment Tonight, and even in his former role as a MuchMusic VJ. This time, the tables were turned and I got the chance to ask him some questions! Truth be told, he wasn’t being interviewed by anyone else, but I actually met him way back when he was Rick The Temp because I was at his brother Lorenzo(who was my gym teacher)’s wedding. Thus, he knew me and was gracious enough to let me interview him.
Campanelli got his first big break back in 1996 when he won the Much Temp contest and became known as Rick The Temp. His charm & good looks made him an instant success with fans, so naturally, he went from Temp to permanent. In addition to being a VJ, he was co-host of Much on Demand, writer of The MuchMusic Countdown, and co-host of The MuchMusic Radio Countdown. Almost 10 years later, in 2005 he joined ET Canada as a reporter and has been hosting it alongside Cheryl Hickey ever since.
In the interview, we talk about the VIFF, a day in the life of Rick Campanelli, who is favorite interviews have been, and more!