Hello Ross!

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Pop-culture-y late night show has salty language, sex talk.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The focus here is on snarky, superficial commentary about celebs talking about everything from their marital problems to their clothing choices.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ross Mathews is a caricature of a gay man -- with lots of prancing and squeals -- which some viewers might find charming and others will find grating.

Violence
Sex

Sex and sexual relationships are common discussion topics, as are people's virginity and sexual activity. Crude references are used to describe genitals and sexual acts. Ross sometimes playfully tongue-kisses a guest.

Language

Words such as "pissed" and "bitch" are audible. Occasional instances of "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. 

Consumerism

Products such as Ross's book, Man Up, and featured guests' books, CDs, and other products are featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The host and guests sometimes drink wine during interviews. Celebrity stints in rehab and related issues are discussed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hello Ross! is a late-night talk show full of edgy content, including salty vocab ("pissed," "bitch," and bleeped curses) and lots of talk about sex and sexual acts that incorporate some crude comments. As with all talk shows, it's also a promotional vehicle for celebs' books, music, films, and other products. Teens might be drawn to the host's personality and its celebrity culture themed-conversations, but it's a bit too edgy for the younger crowd. 

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What's the story?

HELLO ROSS! is a late-night talk show that highlights the latest and greatest antics of today's media celebs. Hosted by former The Tonight Show intern-turned-television personality Ross Mathews, the popular culture-themed show highlights the juicy details surrounding the lives of actors, singers, reality-show cast members, and other folks currently in the limelight. From gossipy conversations with celebrity guests such as Gwyneth Paltrow and pop-culture experts to prerecorded comedy stunts with folks on the streets, Ross offers an upbeat chance to keep up with the entertainment world.

Is it any good?

Hello Ross!, which is executive-produced by comedian Chelsea Handler, offers a lighthearted look at whatever entertainment stories and trends are popular at the moment. Adding to the fray are appearances by folks such as Jerry Springer, as well as controversial reality celebs such as Real Housewives star Brandi Glanville.

Ross' trademark lighthearted and flamboyant personality make the show edgier than its network late-night counterparts. Some of the issues discussed during interviews also touch on mature subjects. But if you're interested in getting the latest scoop of Hollywood craziness, there's no doubt you'll find it here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about talk shows. What's are some of the differences between a daytime and a late-night talk show? How does the show's host impact the success or failure of the program? 

  • Should celebrities' private lives or inappropriate behaviors be the subject of comedy or entertainment? Why, or why not?  

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For kids who love comedy

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