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Like his late mentor Dick Clark once experienced, Smith now competes with himself in the expanding universe of networks.
“We have Hell’s Kitchen on Fox and American Ninja Warrior on NBC, opposite each other,” he says. “That’s a good problem.” After selling his company last year for about $100 million to Tinopolis, Smith, 52, just announced a slew of new shows, including NBC’s feel-good prank-fest Surprise with Jenny McCarthy, and the Fox dating show The Choice, hosted by Cat Deeley.
“We also have Ultimate Fighting and Trading Spaces. I love the diversity!” says Smith.