Malaak Compton-Rock, Oprah's Big Give
Malaak Compton-Rock preaches and practices "giving big" as founder of her own charity styleWORKS and as judge on the philanthropic reality show Oprah's Big Give (Sundays at 8 pm/ET, ABC), a gig that she describes as "my dream come true."
TVGuide.com: When Oprah asked you to be part of the Big Give...Malaak Compton-Rock: I was in a state of shock. There was a tiny bit of hesitation, because I'm a mom and a wife, but, I will admit, it didn't take me that long to figure out how I could do it.
TVGuide.com: How do you feel about all the traveling you have to do for the show? Compton-Rock: That's a lot of fun. You get an opportunity to see what the contestants are up to and meet the people that they are helping. I'm an "in the trenches" kind of girl, so to
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We're finally allowed to announce the judges on Oprah's Big Give, ABC's philanthropic reality road show premiering March 2 at 9 pm/ET. "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver, NFL player Tony Gonzalez and Chris Rock's wife, Malaak Compton-Rock all of whom are known for their charity work will choose the weekly winners among 10 contestants crossing the country "making dreams come true" by giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to "unsuspecting strangers." Says producer Ellen Rakieten, "We wanted to pick people who have obvious credentials for their judging." Not that Oprah herself won't show up; we hear that she's in five or six of the episodes, usually presenting some kind of twist or surprise in the game. Alas, there is bad news for those of you hoping to be a recipient of the Big Give's largesse: Season 1 is already in the can. Ileane Rudolph
Friends of Chris Rock tell the New York Daily News that the actor-comedian is not planning to file for divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock, his wife of almost 10 years, as has been reported, but is committed to keeping the marriage intact.... The Unit's Scott Foley recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, actress Marika Dominczyk, whom he met on the set of the sitcom The Help.