AJ Benza – Actor, TV Host, Author, Journalist
Soon after leaving the paper Benza was offered a job as host of E! Entertainments’ Mysteries and Scandals.
The show became wildly successful. It was on this show that Benza popularized the catchphrase "Fame,
Ain't it a bitch," which later became the title of his autobiography. Benza went on to host his own
late-night talk show titled A.J. After Hours.
Benza began writing for Newsday in college who then hired him as a gossip columnist for that paper and
eventually for the New York Daily News. He began appearing on E! Entertainment Television's The Gossip
Show in the early 1990s which led to work on talk shows such as Geraldo, Hard Copy, Montel, The Maury
Povich Show, and a variety of others.
Film and TV appearances include Gimme My Reality Show!, Celebrity Fit Club, Mobsters, Numb3rs, Rocky Balboa,
Pauly Shore Is Dead, Family Guy, V.I.P. ,Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner,
Playboy: The Complete Anna Nicole Smith, Howard Stern, Saturday Night Live and Ransom to name a few.
In 2006, Benza hosted the reality show Cold Turkey II on ION Television. He also co-hosted the first five
seasons of High Stakes Poker (along with Gabe Kaplan) on the GSN. He was replaced in 2009 by poker pro Kara Scott
for the show's sixth season. He wrote an open letter expressing his discontent with network executives at GSN in
a post on his blog titled "Flop Turn and River of Shit".
Currently AJ and his family relocated from Los Angeles to New York City where he is entertaining offers and working
on his second book tentatively titled Star Trip.