MSP Magazine: Shop talk with Ross Mathews


E! personality Ross Mathews knows his way around a mall. Before he rose to fame as an intern on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he worked in a food court back in Burlington, Washington. And then at Lane Bryant, where he says he’s been banned for life. It’s in the book, Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self- Confidence, which, Mathews points out, is a best seller, thankyouverymuch. Before he took to the stage at Mall of America Monday evening to sign copies, the Chelsea Lately regular and I talked about fame, shopping, and his E! talk show, Hello Ross, premiering this fall. - See more at:

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