Ahmad Rashad to host ABC's celebrity edition of 'The Mole'
By Reality TV World staff, 10/14/2002
ABC has announced that Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and former NFL all-pro wide receiver Ahmad Rashad has signed on to host ABC's upcoming celebrity version of "The Mole," it was announced today. "Celebrity Mole" is set to air on ABC later this season.
"Celebrity Mole" will be a special six-episode edition of the show that will feature seven celebrity players as they try to figure out who among them is The Mole. The celebrities will use all their guile to uncover the clues that could lead them to a pot of up to $250,000. They must complete a series of challenging physical and mental games to earn money for the pot, which one player will eventually win. Working undercover against the team, however, is The Mole, a double agent planted by the producers to sabotage the players' efforts. It is the goal of each player to decide who The Mole is, then learn as much about him or her as possible. In the final dramatic episode, The Mole is revealed and the one remaining player wins the jackpot.
"We are thrilled that Ahmad has signed on to join us as host of 'Celebrity Mole,'" said executive producer Scott A. Stone. "His energy, hosting expertise and competitive spirit make him the perfect choice." "Ahmad is the perfect choice to capture all of the intensity of The Mole and yet have some fun with the celebrities who are playing," said Andrea Wong, senior vice president, Alternative Series and Specials, ABC. "We are really excited that he has agreed to host this show."
Rashad has been the host of "NBA's Inside Stuff" for 12 seasons, where he also serves as executive producer of the series. He recently signed on to work with ESPN and ABC on their newly acquired NBA coverage. A sportscaster since 1983, Rashad has also been a studio host for the NBA, NFL, Notre Dame football and Olympic broadcasts from Atlanta, Barcelona and Seoul. Rashad was a four-time pro-bowl player for the Minnesota Vikings and was recently voted to the team's 40th anniversary team.