Tony Danza to Host Talk Show

Friday, August 6th 2004, 10:56 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Who's the boss? Ask Ereka Vetrini and she'll say Tony Danza.

Vetrini, the eighth person fired during the first season of NBC's hit reality show ``The Apprentice,'' has been hired as Danza's announcer and sidekick for his new talk show, which will premiere next month.

She'll discuss news and trends with Danza and cover red-carpet events including premieres and awards shows for ``The Tony Danza Show,'' executive producer John Redmann announced Thursday.

``I couldn't be more thrilled about the opportunity to work with one of the most popular television personalities of all time,'' Vetrini, 28, said in a statement. ``I'll be able to learn everything there is to know about television from a man whose career has stood the test of time.''

Danza, 53, starred in the '70s comedy ``Taxi'' and the '80s sitcom ``Who's the Boss?''

Vetrini, who graduated from Boston College, was dubbed ``emotional'' by Donald Trump before being eliminated from ``The Apprentice.'' Most recently, she worked as a global promotional marketing manager for Clinique cosmetics.

``She may not have been hired by Donald Trump _ but we've found the best person for the job,'' Redmann said.