Joe Manganiello Reveals He Was Almost Cast as ‘Joe the Construction Worker’ on ‘Survivor’ (Exclusive)

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Joe Manganiello Reveals He Was Almost Cast as 'Joe the Construction Worker' on 'Survivor' (Exclusive)

Somewhere in the heart of Hollywood there is an old DVD – probably covered in a thick layer of dust – that exists, showing joe manganiello audition yet to happen Survivor, Manganiello never got to join the alleged reality competition, but he certainly gave it a shot.

Before debuting as host of Deal or No Deal IslandThe 47-year-old actor sat down with ET’s Cassie DeLaura to talk about when and why he auditioned. Survivor, He also shared why he thinks of the new NBC game show — a captivating spin on the iconic game show he originally hosted howie mandel , Will be a hit.

but first, Survivor,

“So, years ago. A long, long time ago, I was at a pool party somewhere,” Manganiello explains. “And I met someone who was casting for Survivor When it first came out. I was like, ‘I could win.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, really? Why don’t you make a tape?’ And it was summer season. “I was working construction to pay the bills.”

Suffice it to say, true Blood The star was never cast to join the prestigious show. And, in some ways, it had something to do with his skill.

“They said you couldn’t be an actor,” he explained. “Because there are a lot of artists in L.A. trying, [so] we can not do.”

And yes, there is a tape. Well, actually a DVD.

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“Yes, try to find it. There’s a DVD of mine Survivor “Audition as Joe, the construction worker from Pittsburgh,” he shares. “And it’s him who’s out there jackhammering.”

Now, He Quite a visual treat!

“And they wanted me on the show,” he adds. “But I had a pilot that I shot a year before that. Got picked up a year later and it never happened. So, I was supposed to be on TV and you can’t be on TV and stay Survivor And they wanted the rights – like the book rights – and my life story. I couldn’t do it.”

But that was then and this is now, and Manganiello is now the host. Deal or No Deal Island, NBCUniversal announced Manganiello as the host of the new game show in September. This thrilling new competition will take 13 courageous contestants to a remote private island, where they will set out on a season-long adventure to win a substantial cash prize. Participants will face a series of exciting challenges, mind-bending dilemmas and classic game deal or No deal In a tropical setting.

As contestants attempt to outwit the elusive Banker, Manganiello will step into the role of charismatic host, guiding gameplay, communicating the Banker’s offers and helping players make important decisions.

“The tours, the challenges are a lot of fun,” says the new game show host. “There are talented people working on this show. Matt Kunitz is our showrunner who made it fear Factor, So, there is a fear Factor Element. The story team was for our story team elder brother, So, they’re going over the relationships and digging out the dirt and telling me what’s going on in the camp. and then there was the whole crew Survivor Crew. So, we really have this all-star crew, just great, great people.”

Deal or No Deal Island It will premiere on NBC on February 26 at 9:30 pm EST and then it will move to its regular time slot of March 4 at 10 pm EST. The show will be available on Peacock the next day.

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