Maria Menounos dishes on her life, work and the Beverly Hills Dog Show [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos has been very busy of late.  She is happily working on her new Sirius XM radio show Conversations with Maria Menounos and is in newlywed bliss with hubby Keven Undergaro whom she wed on the frigid New Year’s Eve 2017 in Times Square, with Steve Harvey officiating the ceremony.

This Sunday, April 1, she's doing something she loves - participating in the Second Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show that is sponsored by Purina and will air on USA Network at 6/5 p.m. central.

Maria Menounos, who is known for her work as an entertainment journalist on E! and acting, as well as being a wrestler with WWE and her appearance on 14th season of Dancing with the Stars, is encouraging dog owners to join the Every Dog is a Star Movement, that benefits Mutt-i-grees, a program that helps children learn the positive impact of having pets.

According to the Beverly Hills Dog show:

“Dog owners are encouraged to log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to post photos or videos showing how their dog is the true star of the family. For every original post submitted between March 26-April 8, using the hashtag #BHDogShow and tagging @Purina, they will donate five dollars (up to $25,000) to Mutt-i-grees, a program run by North Shore Animal League America that helps show children the positive impact pets can have on their lives through interaction with shelter dogs. The funds will be used to help expand the program to more schools around the country.”

Mutt-i-grees

Maria Menounos spoke with Michelle Tompkins for The Celebrity Café about her very cold New Year's Eve wedding, her upcoming projects, what’s going on with her role with WWE, what is new with her podcast network AfterBuzz TV, her favorite Greek dishes, what she likes to do for fun, her love of dogs, her role in the upcoming Beverly Hills Dog Show by Purina, why people should participate in the Every Dog is a Star movement, what is Mutt-i-grees and more.

See the full interview below:

Note the start of the video is delayed by a few seconds.

Maria Menounos can be seen at 6/5 p.m. central on April 1 on USA Network. Learn more about the Beverly Hills Dog Show here.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.