E! names Laverne Cox as awards red carpet host

Actor and advocate Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black, Doubt) will host red carpet coverage for E! beginning with the 2022 awards season.

The announcement follows the departures of Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic.

Cox will also host a series of celebrity-based interview specials spotlighting trendsetters, tastemakers and those making an impact in the Hollywood community, next year.

“Laverne Cox is a risktaker, groundbreaking pioneer and a fashion tour de force,” said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Live Events, Specials and E! News, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “As we continue to evolve the way we cover Hollywood’s biggest nights, Laverne’s passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the fashion community resonates with our audience and we look forward to seeing her shine on the other side of the velvet rope.”

“I’m so excited and deeply humbled to be hosting E!’s iconic red carpet coverage. For many years I would wake up early on awards show days, get my snacks in place and watch E!’s coverage all day long,” said Cox. “I dreamed of walking red carpets. Now, not only have I had several fun and amazing personal red carpet moments, I also get to be a red carpet guide for E!’s discerning audience and chat with my colleagues and folks I deeply admire for these very special events in their lives. I can’t wait to get started while hopefully serving up fashion fantasies for the ages honey.”

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