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04 March 2006 @ 10:32 am
Maybe I'm just old, but the best time ever for MTV was the early to mid 90s. With shows like The State, Beavis and Butt-Head, the best Real World season EVER (San Francisco), and hell, even tons of music videos, it was a huge part of my middle school and high school life.

So I was wondering whatever happened to our favorite MTV VJs and newspeople?

Bill Bellamy, MTV Jams! and Kennedy (Alternative Nation):



He's appeared in many movies since MTV and also tours as a stand-up comedian. I know he performed at my school a couple years ago but I wasn't able to go.

Kennedy appears on Best Week Ever and Hollywood Squares. She just gave birth to a daughter in 2005.

Downtown Julie Brown, Club MTV:



She posted in Playboy after leaving MTV and she was on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here a couple years ago.

Jesse Camp:

He won the "So You Want to be a VJ" contest in 1998, and everyone either absolutely loved him or hated him. I hated him. He also released an entirely forgettable album shortly after winning. The teenagers today will probably find him attractive.

I can't find any pictures more recent than 1998, probably because he fell off the face of the earth.

Dave Holmes (Say What?! Karaoke, among others):

He placed runner-up in the VJ contest that Jesse ended up winning. But in the end, Dave ended up staying at MTV a lot longer.


Appeared on Reno 911, and hosted a reality show called Fire Me Please! on CBS. I haven't heard of it either.

Matt Pinfield (120 Minutes):


He looks exactly the same. He's got a show on Sirius radio now.

Adam Curry:


He has a blog, and was a big influence on the creation of podcasts, believe it or not. Also has a show on Sirius radio.

Carson Daly (TRL):


He's still lingering on with Last Call with Carson Daly, which you probably haven't seen at 1:35 AM.

Karen Duffy (a.k.a. Duff)


Host of Random Acts of Duff on TLC. Diagnosed with MS, she is also an MS advocate.

Daisy Fuentes:


She still models, and does hair product commercials

Ananda Lewis (in the middle):



She's a correspondent on The Insider.

Rikki Rachtman (the original Headbangers Ball):
I couldn't find any pics.


Hosts a radio show.

Simon Rex:

He was around for a little bit, then it was discovered that he starred in male erotic films.


Most recently appeared in Scary Movie 3.

John Sencio:


This was the guy that inspired me to do this post. I saw him hosting HGTV's Cash in the Attic the other night and really made me want to see what everybody else was up to.

Pauly Shore (Totally Pauly)


Does stand up, and was the subject of the TBS reality show Minding the Store.

Tabitha Soren (MTV News):

Couldn't find any recent pics. She's married with two children, though.

Serena Altschul (MTV News):


Correspondent for CBS News.

princesswannabe on March 4th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'd love for someone to do this for the UK MTV. I remember watching Davina McCall years ago on MTV before she got really famous.
the girl with the world in her eyes: oh yeahcoconutswirl on March 4th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, with Ray Cokes..
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moviescriptend on March 4th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
That's right. i saw him a couple weeks ago on the 40 Least Metal Moments, I think it was.
Tom: DD - No I In Rockxtomxfallsx on March 4th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Rikki Rachtman! He was awesome because Headbanger's Ball was actually good when he hosted it.

And also, I used to have the biggest crush on Duff.
moviescriptend on March 4th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I had a big crush on Duff back then also, then I got one on the girl that hosted Sandblast. I forget her name though.
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Miagryfindormia on March 4th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Everything died with Carson when he came on in what, 96-97? The late 80s-early/mid 90s were fantastic.
moviescriptend on March 4th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
I agree. Total Request Live was basically the end of MTV as we came to know it.
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Baby Mama: Hermes baggreenfish on March 4th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Daisy Fuentes also has her own line of clothing at Kohl's stores now.
heartbreaker, im addicted to youblackenamel on March 4th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
i had the biggest crush on jesse camp :o(
damn those tv programs, damn them all to hell: gaeldeepend on March 4th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
The teenagers today will probably find him attractive.

Miss. Eganevilegan on March 4th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
In 7th grade i used to write I LOVE RIKKI all over my notebook.
Leslie!!_grrr_ on March 4th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
ooooooh how i loved mid-90's mtv! and yeah, i was one of those people that kind of LOVED jesse camp and wanted to bone him.
veronica: kirkvrinny on March 4th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
dave holmes also hosts "dvd on tv" on fx, i believe.
Heather: loveactuallydrugs [indilime]heatherosa on March 4th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
He does indeed.
Brandymyfoot_yourass on March 4th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
I would be really interested to see what Jesse Camp is up to these days.
moviescriptend on March 4th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
I really tried to find some stuff. Honestly! But I couldn't find anything on the guy after his album came out.
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damn those tv programs, damn them all to hell: andy/erica otpdeepend on March 4th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oooh, Dan Abrams!
megumipiemegumipie on March 4th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
What about Kurt Loder? KURT LODER!!
moviescriptend on March 4th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
He's still around! That's why I didn't include him or John Norris.
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Amylibertybellbell on March 4th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
I had a strange obsession with Say What?! Karaoke. Loved it.
Is It Summer Yet?: Jake Gyllenhaal!!hip_hop_korner on March 5th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Say What?! Karaoke was the best show ever. I loved the final round when they had to spin that wheel and sing a random song.
Anita Bigloan, from the Girl Zonevalkin on March 4th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
great post! I've wondered what happened to some of them.
PZelda: McCall pose 2pzelda on March 4th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, total trip! I hadn't thought about these VJ's in such a long time! Jesse was pretty big when I was in junior high. I remember thinking he was really gross-looking. My older sibs watched MTV in the early 90's, so I remember just about all of the VJ's.

Carson Daly makes me want to barf. Ewwwww. :X

Great post!
Chase Peelerchasep2001 on March 4th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Fire Me Please was hillarious!
Uhhhhnobehindthespine on March 4th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
What about Alan Hunter?
PP51DooDoocallmesteam on March 4th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
i never had cable, but i can say this: Adam Currys Podcast is horrible. hes always on Sirius Stars 103 and the guy only plays the worst music on earth. and he raves on and on about how great these horrible indie pop stars are. this whole time i thought he was the fat bald guy (pinfield apparently)... worst podcast i've ever heard.

still, nice job rounding everyone up. even without cable those people were all over the media in the 90's and everyone knows who they are.
jewforjesus on March 5th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
matt pinfield has better taste.
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Broken Girlrachaelnoel on March 5th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
They really are. Ears are supposed to span the space from your mouth to your eyes, bottom to top. Hers are like twice as high as they should be.


Creepy looking.
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seminal but not obscuregetbacknow on March 4th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Say What Karaoke owned my LIFE in middle school!! Oh, back when I used to not despise MTV...
Rachelsisterhavana on March 4th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I had the biggest crush on Adam Curry back in high school.

Please tell me I am not the only one who read that Kennedy has a daughter and thought "Guess she's not a virgin anymore." ; )
trigger hippie: soul of an androidbjorkybear on March 4th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
hahaha i started out my reply with "oh man", too. yikes!
trigger hippiebjorkybear on March 4th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
oh man, mtv used to be so gooood. kennedy was and always will be my favorite vj. i loved her to little pieces. it's great to see that she hasn't changed much! kurt loder is amazing, as well. i had no idea he was still a vj until just a couple of weeks ago. i was visiting my parents and my little sister was watching mtv and lo and behold! there he was. it was a big wtf mate moment. i was all giddy about seeing him and my sister looked at me like i was crazy and said he looked old and yeah, that made me a very very sad person. :(

and i HATED jesse camp! i was rooting for dave holmes the whole time! does anyone else think dave looks like carson daly's older and slightly less attractive brother/cousin? maybe it's just me.. :-\
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