Yes, it's true, I will be hosting a new TV show called Fast Food Mania on Destination America (formerly Planet Green). The show will premiere on Sunday, June 3 at 10pm and air weekly for 10 episodes.
The big announcement came on Wednesday via this article in USA Today.
I've been out on the road at fast food places all over the country putting together a show I'm hoping you'll find to be entertaining. I'm certainly having a good time out there.
Since the announcement, there have been a ton of questions about the series and who and what exactly is involved. So I drew up a quick FAQ right here.
Q. What's the name of the series?
A. Fast Food Mania
Q. What date does it premiere?
A. Sunday, June 3rd at 10pm Eastern
Q. When will the show be on?
A. Sunday nights at 10pm Eastern
Q. What channel?
A. Destination America (formerly Planet Green)
Q. Do I get that channel?
A. If you had Planet Green, you've got Destination America. It airs in 59 million homes.
Q. Are you leaving the Stern show?
A. God, no. Howard is my day job and first priority. I work on Fast Food Mania during vacation weeks and weekends.
Q. What this show your idea?
A. Nope. My agent sent me out on a cold audition and I got the part.
Q. Why did you cut out Jason Kaplan?
A. I didn't. I auditioned. Jason didn't. I asked the producers about involving Jason once they decided to go with me, but they wanted just one host for this show. I would love to have Jason be a part of this and have told him so.
Q. Isn't this just a rip off of The Fast Food Show you and Jason host on SiriusXM?
A. Not at all. First, that's a radio show with callers. Fast Food Mania is me visiting the most unique fast food places all over the country. The subject matter is the same, but the spin is different.
Q. Will you stop doing The Fast Food Show with Jason?
A. Absolutely not. We will be hosting our next show soon.
Q. Is it awkward between you and Jason?
A. Jason is jealous, but totally happy for me. I'd feel the same way if the circumstances were reversed.
Q. Who chooses your wardrobe.
A. Not me. That becomes evident immediately.
Q. Is that your real hair?
A. Most of it. I had a little help.
Q. Will you be going to (FILL IN FAST FOOD PLACE HERE)?
A. We are hitting the big chains and some popular local favorites. Thankfully, there's plenty to see.
Q. Are you only covering plain fast food?
A. No. I am trying to be more flexible as I visit these fast food places. I still prefer plain, but I'm willing to give everything a try.
If you have any other questions, tweet me at @jonmhein and I will answer and add them to this FAQ (if they are frequently asked).
In the meantime, I will tweet updates as I travel around this great land covering all the fast food places I can find. I hope you enjoy the show.