Terrence J has taken over Vibe.com today (July 8, 2010) but in addition to his taking over the editorial reins we wanted to put the spotlight on him. He grilled him about his hard partying ways, wild nights with Khloé Kardashian, becoming a movie star and more.
VIBE: Ray J has declared himself the king of partying but anyone who is in the biz knows that you go hard at it too. Is it that you are in demand or do you just like partying?
Terrence J: I haven’t had a weekend off in a couple years. I DJ and host so I’m always in the club. My first 2-3 years on TV I was in the club Monday thru Friday. Now I balance it out. I don’t go out more than two-three times a week. I’m really focused on my career now. When you see me I party extra hard just not as much.
You and your co-host Rocsi have been the hosts of 106 & Park for five years. How did you handle the transition to household name and now budding actor?
It’s been a learning curve and huge adjustment. Going from college to being on national tv almost fresh outta school, it happened really fast. I started doing really well financially. You start to get money at a young age—23 years— it changes you. I went through an adjustment. I made some bad decisions alienated friends, ruined relationship. I was drinking really heavy and partying non-stop and took things for granted. Eventually you are going to continue down that path like DMX, or be like other people who saw their flaws and were able to turn it around. The past two years I’ve been focused on my future and turning it around. Over the pas five years, I’ve been every celeb come and about 75 percent go and I don’t want to be one of those people.
What types of advice have you received and what stuck with you the most?
Ludacris, Steve Harvey, Denzel Washington and Will Smith have given me some great words. Will Smith told me—and he’s repeated it publicly—“Don’t have a plan B it only distracts from your plan A.” I always thought what if I wasn’t good enough, if people don’t like me, they say I’m not as good as other hosts, they say I’m too skinny. You have to get immune to that. You can’t take people’s opinions personally. Usually what people say about it is reflection of them own issues.
How did you end up teaming with Khloé Kardashian on her spinoff show “Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami”?
Ryan Seacrest came up with the idea. One of Khloe’s biggest goals was to get into media but when I met her we kicked it. She’s a sweet girl, good friend. When we’re doing her radio (Khloe After Dark) it’s like we’re not even working.
How did you manage to host 106 & Park and jet down to Miami to tape the first and now the second season of the E! show?