November 09, 2007 06:57:21 GMT
Boxer Laila Ali has been tapped to co-host NBC's upcoming "American Gladiators."
Earn her own fame as a professional boxer instead of merely known for becoming the daughter of former three-time World Heavyweight Champion and winner of an Olympic Light-heavyweight gold medal Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali is preparing herself to get onto different kind of ring.
Has been billed to host a new reality program called "Student Body," focusing on teen fitness, the former "Dancing With the Stars" star as well is being billed to co-host NBC's "American Gladiators."
On her first mentioned task, it is an eight-episode, hour-long series that will air on The N and pits two local high schools against one another in a series of challenges aimed at improving personal health and wellness. The show will involve 12 students who will receive guidance from nutrition and fitness experts, be one of them is Laila herself. "Student Body" will debut in 2008.
Concerning her being tapped to co-host "American Gladiators," Laila will be joining previously announced host Hulk Hogan. About her taking part on the program, the female boxer commented, "It's an honor to be reintroducing this American classic to a new generation of fans."
Just like the original "American Gladiators" franchise, which aired on syndication in the U.S. from 1989 to 1996, NBC's reinvention of the show will feature amateur male and female contenders pitted against gladiator professionals.
NBC plans to begin broadcasting new primetime episodes of "American Gladiators" sometime during midseason.