Jesse Camp

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Jesse Camp
Born (1979-11-04) November 4, 1979 (age 32)
Granby, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Television personality, musician
Years active 1998–present
 
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Jesse Camp
Born (1979-11-04) November 4, 1979 (age 32)
Granby, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Television personality, musician
Years active 1998–present

Jesse Camp (born November 6, 1979) was the winner of the first Wanna Be a VJ contest on MTV. He beat out Dave Holmes for a VJ job on the popular music video show Total Request Live (TRL), and also hosted the short-lived Lunch with Jesse, which was canceled in 2002.

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Early Life

Camp was born in Granby, Connecticut. He received his high school education at Loomis Chaffee, a prestigious New England boarding school, graduating in 1997.[1]

Controversy

During the course of Wanna Be a VJ, it was believed that he was homeless because he projected the image of a "street kid." However, controversy arose when it was discovered that he had grown up and attended private school in Connecticut.[2]

The Village Voice reported that an internet source, known only by the handle "UglyPig", claimed to have cast over 3,000 votes for Camp in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, exploiting a security flaw in the system.[3]

Career

Camp held his position as an occasional TRL host for one year. When he left the series, Thalia DaCosta won the contest to replace him, who in turn was a VJ on the network for about a year. Upon leaving Camp attempted to parlay his MTV fame into a rock career under the name Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz on the Hollywood Records label. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine[4] described the hair metal–leaning album as "unbearable".

In late 2006, he was reportedly working at a Los Angeles–area pet supply store called Centinela Feed & Supply. In 2008 he began working for a firm called "Telefund" as a caller, raising money for non-profit liberal and progressive organizations.[5]

Other works

He is seen doing an impromptu cameo on the documentary by Aron Ranen called Power & Control LSD in The Sixties.[6]

In 2008, Jesse was captured by cameras at the final MTV TRL party buying 2 "eight balls" by TMZ camera men/women. He said he would sell both kidneys and a leg for two eight balls of cocaine.

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