November 12, 2007 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon
Boxer Laila Ali, who impressed many with her stint on Dancing with the
Stars, is getting involved in another reality TV show. However, this
time instead of being a contestant. Laila will be co-hosting the show.
The show in question is NBC’s American Gladiators, which will run as a
midseason primetime offering.
Ali is currently the undefeated Super Middleweight Boxing Champion of the world with a 24-0 record and 21 knock-outs. Ali is also the author of a motivational book titled "Reach!" Ali will be co-hosting American Gladiators alongside wrestler Hulk Hogan. "It’s an honor to be reintroducing this American classic to a new generation of fans," said Ali.
Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming, Development and Specials at NBC Entertainment made the announcement. "Laila is a Gladiator in her own right," said Plestis. "Her fierceness in the ring is matched only by her charisma and authenticity. There is no competitor — male or female — who she can not relate to on a personal and competitive level."
In American Gladiators, everyday amateur athletes compete against action stars and stunt professionals in contests of physical strength and endurance. The series will include such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.