When Brooke Burke exited E!'s skin-driven Wild On travel series last year, the bikini industry and much of the male population softly wept. But thankfully, you can still catch her on Rank, E!'s pop culture countdown show, as well as Maxim's Hot 100, NBC's TV version of the men's mag's annual female revue (Saturday at 9 pm/ET). We asked Burke, 31, to reflect on this head-turning honor.
TV Guide Online: Congratulations on your three-peat on the Hot 100. You've made the list for three years in a row now.
Burke: Thank you. It's pretty cool. I didn't think of it that way. Suddenly [number] 82 doesn't look that bad! (Laughs) I think it's always great to be included, and 100 is a pretty small number when you look at all the women in the world.
TVGO: So what did you think of the rest of the list?
Burke: It's really bizarre this year. I'm absolutely shocked at the results. You're looking at some controversy.
TVGO: What do you mean?
Burke: When I got the list and saw number one [Christina Aguilera], I didn't know if that was number 100 or number one. I didn't know which way I was looking at it, and then I came across J.Lo at number five, so I was like, "Okay, that must be the top of the list." I say it with humor, but it's a trippy list. I don't know. I happen to be a big fan of [Aguilera's]. I really dig her and her music and current stuff, but...
TVGO: Who do you think should have made the countdown?
Burke: I was surprised not to see Jennifer Aniston. She's got an amazing career, she's on television, she's on the big screen, she's married to one of the sexiest men in entertainment and she wasn't even on the list. I think it's crazy!
TVGO: Brooke Burns from NBC's Dog Eat Dog is on the list, too. Do people mix you up with her?
Burke: It's funny, people forever confuse us. We used to model together when we were at the Ford agency. And, you know, we look nothing alike; I guess it's just the double B's, swimwear modeling and whatnot, but it is pretty funny. She's a sweet girl and she's absolutely gorgeous.
TVGO: Do you think you'll be curled up in front of the TV, watching the special with your husband and two daughters?
Burke: Absolutely. My little girls are totally hip to it. I can't speak for everyone's families, but my kids will be like, "Go Mom!"
TVGO: That Are You Hot? show from earlier this year had Lorenzo Lamas using a laser pen to point out body flaws. What would be your reaction to such criticism?
Burke: Umm, I'm pretty comfortable in my skin, so I'd be curious to see exactly what he would attack, but I think I would be okay with that. I would never enter a competition [like that], but I guess he could go for it. Bring it on, Lorenzo!