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Ex-'Apprentice' stars Bill Rancic, Ereka Vetrini to host NBC talk show


By Christopher Rocchio, 09/05/2007 

NBC has announced former reality TV participants Bill Rancic, Ereka Vetrini and Kimberly Coles will serve as the hosts of In the Loop with iVillage, a new live daytime talk show scheduled to premiere Monday, September 17.

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In the Loop with iVillage will focus on different topics of importance to women, including fashion, entertainment, current events, and health issues.  The show, which is a revamped version of the iVillage Live show NBC aired live from Orlando's Universal theme park resort last season, will broadcast live in-front of a studio audience from WMAQ-TV, NBC's Chicago affiliate, at 11AM CT.  (NBC's NBC Universal parent also owns iVillage, WMAQ, and Universal Orlando.)

Rancic and Vetrini both participated in The Apprentice's initial 2004 season that ended with Donald Trump selecting Rancic as his first boardroom champion.  Last weekend, Rancic married E! News co-host Giuliana DePandi.

Vetrini didn't last nearly as long as Rancic on The Apprentice -- she was the eighth first-season participant fired by The Donald.  Although no footage of the alleged incident ever aired and NBC, Vetrini and Trump all refuted the claim, she's probably best remembered for being the target of fellow contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth's unsupported racial slur allegations

After being booted from the boardroom, Vetrini appeared as Tony Danza's sidekick on the syndicated talk show The Tony Danza Show, but somewhat ironically was fired from the gig following its first season.  More recently, Vetrini has hosted Kidspace on HGTV.

Coles, an actress and comedian, was an original cast member on Fox's In Living Color and later co-starred in the sitcom Living Single.  Her reality television credentials include competing in both Celebrity Fit Club's first season as well as Celebrity Mole Hawaii.

In the Loop with iVillage is produced in-house by NBC's Peacock Productions, with Marlaine Selip serving as executive producer.

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