Terrence Jenkins (born April 21, 1982) is an American actor, television presenter, model and entertainment reporter best known as the host of BET's popular music video countdown show 106 & Park from 2006 until 2012.[1] He was the co-anchor of E! News from 2012 until 2015.[2]

Terrence J
Terrence Jenkins

(1982-04-21) April 21, 1982 (age 42)
Alma materNorth Carolina A&T
Occupation(s)Actor, model, journalist
Years active1996–present

Early life


Jenkins was born in Queens, New York, and grew up mostly in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.[3] He attended Northern Nash High in Rocky Mount. During this time, Jenkins worked at WRSV Soul 92.1 as a DJ until he graduated from high school. He spent his college years at North Carolina A&T State University;[4] he also lived in Greensboro. During his time at North Carolina A&T State University, he served as Student Government Association President and as a DJ for North Carolina A&T's radio station WNAA. He also worked as a DJ at local radio station 102 Jamz in Greensboro.[3] Jenkins is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity where he later was initiated in spring 2004 to the Mu Psi chapter at North Carolina A&T State University.[5] After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in 2004 with a degree in mass communication,[3] Jenkins worked in the diversity office of Nascar in Daytona Beach, Florida.



Jenkins and Rocsi became the hosts of BET's hip hop/R&B music video television program 106 & Park after winning the BET New Faces Contest on July 6, 2006.[1] Since its inception, it had been the network's number-one rated show. After hosting the show for six years, Rocsi and Jenkins announced they would be leaving 106 & Park in 2012. His last show was broadcast on September 28, 2012, but returned on December 19, 2014 with the finale special, titled "The Final Act" alongside former and current hosts such as A.J. Calloway and Bow Wow.[4] He also co-hosted BET’s nationally syndicated radio show 106 & Park Weekend Countdown.

He appeared in two films: The Heart Specialist (2006) and Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010). In 2008, he made a cameo appearance in British R&B singer Estelle's music video for her single with Kanye West, titled "American Boy". In 2009, Jenkins appeared on E!'s reality television series Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, a spin-off series of Keeping Up with the Kardashians starring Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. He co-hosted the radio show "Khloé After Dark" on Y100. Jenkins portrayed DJ Dave in the 2010 musical film Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. In 2011, he had a recurring role as Danté Young on the BET comedy-drama television series The Game. On September 4, 2012, Jenkins was named the co-anchor of E! News, replacing Ryan Seacrest.[6]

Jenkins starred as Michael Hanover in the romantic comedy film Think Like a Man (2012), which grossed $96 million at the worldwide box office.[7][8] He reprised his role as Michael Hanover in the film's sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), which opened at number one at the box office, grossing $29.2 million.[9] The film earned $70.2 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $24 million. He also appeared in films Sparkle (2012), Baggage Claim (2013), Battle of the Year (2013) and Entourage (2015). Jenkins landed the lead role of Charlie "Mack" McIntyre in the romantic comedy film The Perfect Match (2016) opposite Cassie Ventura. The film centers around playboy Charlie, who is convinced that all his relationships are dead, but his best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he is bound to fall in love.[10] Jenkins hosted Miss USA beauty pageant with Julianne Hough between 2016 and 2017.[11]

His first book, titled "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom" was released by HarperCollins on October 1, 2013.[12][13] The book was inspired by the lessons his mother taught him and her extraordinary journey of raising Jenkins while she was still a teenager.[14] "I know that many of the successful moments in my life, personally and professionally, have been in part because of the lessons that she taught me, and I am proud to share her words of wisdom to inspire others," he told E! News in 2013[15]

Since 2017, Jenkins has hosted MTV's reality television series Are You the One? starting in season 6. Jenkins hosted 16 episodes of Starz crime drama TV series Power's official aftershow, Power Confidential. In 2019, Jenkins played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The roster was made up of celebrities with North Carolinian roots.[16]

Personal life


He was involved in a hit-and-run incident in 2018,[17] and was pursued and shot at by robbers in 2021.[18][19]

In December 2023, he became engaged to girlfriend, Mikalah Sultan.




Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rapture - Short
The Heart Specialist Jenks
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Ty
Burlesque Dave
2012 Think Like a Man Michael
Sparkle Red
2013 Baggage Claim Fiance
Battle of the Year Himself
White T Raekwon
2014 Think Like a Man Too Michael
2015 Entourage Himself
2016 The Perfect Match Charlie
2019 CIROC: What Men Want Handsome Guy Short
Same Difference Cameron
2021 Hip Hop Family Christmas Blare Nixon TV movie
2022 North of the 10 Handsome Guy
Hip Hop Family Christmas Wedding Blare Nixon TV movie
2023 Fear Russ


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Savannah Gordon Episode: "Playing with the Enemy"
2003–06 All of Us Omar Guest: Season 1, Recurring Cast: Season 3
2006–12 106 & Park Himself/Host Main Host
2009–10 Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami Himself Recurring Cast: Season 1-2
2011 The Game Dante Young Recurring Cast: Season 4
2012 Basketball Wives Himself Episode: "Episode #4.9"
2013 Food Network Star Himself Episode: "4th of July Live"
Kris Himself/Co-Host Episode: "Episode #1.20"
Big Time Rush TV Host Episode: "Big Time Scandal" & "Big Time Invasion"
2013–15 E! News Himself/Host Main Host
Live from the Red Carpet Himself/Host Recurring Host
2014 The Real Housewives of New Jersey Himself Episode: "Guilt Trip" & "Judgement Day"
2015 The 365Black Awards Himself/Host Main Host
Truth Be Told Derek Episode: "The Wedding"
2016 Annual Trumpet Awards Himself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
WWF SmackDown Himself Episode: "Episode #18.31"
Coupled Himself/Host Main Host
An Obama Celebration Himself/Host Main Host
Hollywood Today Live Himself/Guest Co-Host Guest Co-Host: Season 2
2016-17 Miss USA 2016 Himself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
2017 SafeWord Himself/Host Main Host
2017-19 Are You the One? Himself/Host Main Host: Season 6-8
2018 Hip Hop Squares Himself/Panelist Episode: "Lil Jon vs Lil Mama"
Ridiculousness Himself/Panelist Episode: "Terrence J"
Hit the Floor Pastor Curtis Recurring Cast: Season 4
Star Ryan J Episode: "All Falls Down"
2019 Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club Himself/VIP Guest Episode: "Lindsay's Choice"
Scream: Resurrection Coach Griffin Recurring Cast: Season 3
2019-20 Power Confidential Himself/Host Main Host
2021 The Talk Himself/Guest Co-Host Guest Co-Host: Season 11
Celebrity Game Face Himself Episode: "Battle of the Bros"
2022 The Wendy Williams Show Himself/Guest Co-Host Guest Co-Host: Season 14


Year Title
2017 Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life


  1. ^ a b MacCash, Doug. "Back in town: Rocsi Diaz comes home to tape her hit BET show '106 & Park'", The Times-Picayune, 2007-07-06, p. 12.
  2. ^ "Terrence J | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  3. ^ a b c Decwikiel-Kane, Dawn. "A&T grad chases his dreams, is TV host", Greensboro News & Record, 2006-10-20, p. D1.
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Chrisena. "The Hottest 'Nerd' on TV: Star from Queens Seen by Millions Around the World", New York Daily News, 2008-04-15.
  5. ^ McMillon, Jenell (2012-11-08). "A&T alumnus tapped as host of 'E! News'". Greensboro News & Record.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Replaces Ryan Seacrest, who reduced role as part of new NBCU pact". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Think Like a Man". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  8. ^ "Think Like a Man: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  9. ^ "Weekend Report: 'Man' Defeats 'Boys,' Falls Short of Predecessor". Box Office Mojo. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  10. ^ "The Perfect Match". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  11. ^ "Terrence J Turns Host For Miss USA 2016". TKOP. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Review: The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom by Terrence J". What Is That Book About. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  13. ^ "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom - Terrence J - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  14. ^ "Terrence J Signs New Book Deal". Vibe. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  15. ^ "Terrence J Signs New Book Deal". Vibe. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  16. ^ release, Official. "ESPN and NBA announce celebrity rosters and coaches for 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles exclusively on ESPN". NBA.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  17. ^ "Terrence J Is Being Investigated For Alleged Hit-And-Run Incident". Essence. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  18. ^ "Robbers Chase and Shoot at Actor Terrence Jenkins in Sherman Oaks". MSN.
  19. ^ "Think Like a Man star Terrence J 'shot at after escaping attempted robbery'". 11 November 2021.
Preceded by Host of Miss USA with Julianne Hough
2016, 2017
Succeeded by