Since 2001, Ross Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in-demand television personalities, hosts and pop culture experts in the entertainment arena today. Endearing and witty, undeniably funny and one of the hardest working people in show business, Mathews has won the hearts of millions of Americans since his television debut -- as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Currently, Mathews can be seen as a judge on VH1’s critically acclaimed, award winning series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Mathews, along with RuPaul, Carson Kressley, and Michelle Visage leave fans wanting more each week with their rapid-fire quick wit, impeccable sense of style and signature sass, as they decide who will stay, lip-sync for their life or “Sashay Away.” In 2019, the reality competition franchise secured a staggering 14 Emmy nominations (winning Outstanding Competition Program for the second year in a row), a record for both the network and the “Drag Race” brand. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is currently in its twelfth season and airing new episodes.
As an author, Mathews penned “Name Drop” (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster), the follow up to his national bestseller “Man-Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence.” “Name Drop” showcases incredible celebrity stories that Mathews only divulges at happy hour, with each chapter paired with one of his famous recipes and cocktails, aka Rossipes. His Rossipes include A Star Fruit Martini Is Born (Chapter: The Lady Gaga Story) and Barbara Waltermelon Salad (Chapter: The View Story, Part One) to name a few. “Name Drop” was released on February 4, 2020 with Mathews kicking off the “Name Drop” tour, the same day, across North America where fans can hear more stories and play games.
In September 2018, Mathews launched Ross Mathews’ Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch, a weekly brunch event in Los Angeles, specially curated and featuring top Drag Queens from “Drag Race,” and sometimes a special appearance by Mathews himself, in a fabulously unique interactive event to rival all other LA brunches. Since then the brunches have traveled across 12 cities in the United States including Chicago, New York, Seattle and Columbus, Ohio to name a few.
Also on the hosting side, Mathews can be found in the studio recording his weekly top rated podcast “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews.” The podcast debuted in 2014, and offers fans new episodes weekly showcasing Mathews’ distinct voice and hilarious takes on the latest celebrity and entertainment news. Past guests include Tracee Ellis Ross, Kristen Bell and Tiffani Thiessen.
Additional recent television credits for Mathews include competing on CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother,” which was the first celebrity edition in the U.S. of the popular “Big Brother” series. He came in second place and viewers voted him America’s Favorite Houseguest. Mathews was also the host of “Hello Ross” on E!, a weekly fan destination where the intersections of celebrity gossip and pop culture collide, giving a unique viewpoint into the latest Hollywood news. Mathews was nominated for a 2014 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host” for his work on “Hello Ross.” In 2015, Mathews also hosted his own radio show for SiriusXM on the OutQ channel. Additionally, Mathews has hosted the GLAAD Media Awards six times as well as the GLAAD Gala San Francisco, where in 2018 he was honored with the organization’s Davidson/Valentini Award.
In 2009, Mathews hosted and executive produced a daily web talk show for The Insider and CBS.com called “Inside Dish with Ross Mathews,” a show about covering Hollywood from the outside in. “Inside Dish” eventually became the official web show for CBS hits “Big Brother,” and the Emmy Award winning series “The Amazing Race.” In 2011, Mathews began a national college tour speaking about his experiences climbing the Hollywood ladder and discussing his humorous take on pop culture. Many of his tour dates were documented on E! News’ political series “Pop & Politics.” Leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, Mathews was the official political reporter for E! News. He covered both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where he interviewed politicians including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and former Republican Presidential nominee John McCain.
Mathews’ impressive list of appearances over nearly two decades include E! Network’s red-carpet award show coverage, FOX’s “Hollywood Today Live” as a co-host, “Celebrity Name Game,” NBC’s “1 vs. 100” and “Phenomenon,” and FOX’s & Ryan Seacrest’s “Knock Knock Live.” He has appeared as a guest co-host multiple times on ABC’s “The View,” and he was a contestant on the fifth season of VH1’s hit series “Celebrity Fit Club.” He has also appeared as a celebrity correspondent on “Extra” and “The Insider,” has recurred as Chris on “Days of our Lives,” co-hosted The Game Show Network’s “Big Saturday Night,” appeared on the OWN Network’s “Ask Oprah’s All- Stars,” starred as himself in ABC Family’s holiday movie “Christmas Cupid,” and has made appearances on BRAVO’s “Interior Therapy,” ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies Reunion,” E!‘s “Studio E!” and “After Lately,” and HGTV’s “House Hunters. On the social media front, Mathews is a force with a total reach of over one million followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Mathews currently lives in the LA area with his rescue dogs. He also has a home in Palm Springs that he frequents on the weekends. When not working on his many projects, Mathews is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Campaign- he is a recipient of their Visibility Award, and continues to speak at their nationwide events.