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What happened to Brooke Burns on Master Minds?

The multifaceted celebrity Brooke Burns has acted, hosted TV shows and amassed a net worth of $1–5 million. Following the conclusion of “The Chase” in 2015, she left. Oh, and she’s a social worker too.

Furthermore, if given the opportunity, she would be willing to host “Jeopardy!” It is currently the question that people are searching for online.

Are you also attempting to figure out the response to this query? If so, you have come to the right spot. We will address this dispute in-depth here.

An introduction to Brooke Burns

American actress and former fashion model Brooke Elizabeth Burns was born on March 16, 1978.

Her career started with the well-liked television programs Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii. She participated in the John O’Hurley adaptation of To Tell the Truth panel along the way. 

In addition, she hosted the television shows Dog Eat Dog on NBC, Hair Battle Spectacular on Oxygen, Hole in the Wall on FOX, and You Deserve It on ABC.

She hosted GSN’s American version of The Chase until 2015. Currently, she hosts Master Minds (the reworked version of the Best Ever Trivia Show).

The television and Film careers of Brooke

Burns played Jessie Owens in the television series Baywatch and Baywatch: Hawaii from 1998 to 2001.

She portrayed Vicki Vale in multiple “Batman” commercials for OnStar in 2001, starring opposite Bruce Thomas’s Batman. From June 2002 to August 2003, Burns hosted NBC’s Dog Eat Dog. 

She received a Teen Choice Award nomination. In 2004 and 2005, Burns starred in 21 episodes of the prime-time soap opera North Shore.

She played Kathy Dinkle in the WB series Pepper Dennis in 2006. Dr. Michael Mancini’s most recent wife, Vanessa, was portrayed by Burns in the first 12 episodes of the redesigned Melrose Place in 2009. 

What happened to Brooke Burns on Master Minds
Brooke Burns (Image Via @BrookeBurns/X)

For her work as the best game show host on GSN’s The Chase with Mark Labbett, she received an Emmy nomination in 2016.

Besides television, Burns’ film career was also amazing. On December 13, 2008, she made an appearance in the Hallmark Channel Christmas film The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which costarred Henry Winkler.

A few more movies are Time and Again, Trophy Wife, Dancing Trees, Smokejumpers, and Art of Travel. Burns co-stars with Jason Alexander in the Nickelback music video “Trying Not to Love You.”

What happened to Brooke Burns on Master Minds?

During the taping of Master Minds, Brooke was out sick one day with laryngitis, and Muffy graciously stepped in and hosted a few episodes! Due to a brief bout of laryngitis in 2023, Burns missed a few episodes of the show while Muffy Marracco guest-hosted; however, Burns quickly returned to the program.

On the Game Show Network, Brooke Burns continues to host Master Minds. Since 2021, she has served as the host, and in 2024, the program received a second season renewal.

The details of Brooke Burns’ private life

Burns was raised in a Christian home in Texas. Her father worked as a missionary and in the oil industry. From 1999 to 2001, Burns married the actor Julian McMahon.

McMahon is the son of Sir William McMahon, the former Australian prime minister. Madison Elizabeth McMahon, their daughter, was born in June 2000. 

In April 2003, Burns started dating Bruce Willis, an actor. Rumored to have become engaged in April 2004, they broke up in June 2004 after 10 months together. On June 22, 2013, she married film director Gavin O’Connor. She resides in Los Angeles.  

In October 2016, it was announced that Burns was expecting her second child, a girl. Burns clarified that her daughter, Declan Welles O’Connor, was born on January 22, 2017.

Reason for leaving ‘The Chase’

It appears that Brooke Burns left “The Chase” only because the program concluded in 2015.

Although Brooke has never explained why she decided not to return to ABC’s The Chase, it is most likely because she is a busy actress and veteran game show host. She already hosts Home & Family and Master Minds, which air on GSN, according to IMDb. 

She appears in The Gourmet Detective as Maggie as well. On Jeopardy!, a lot of people have been cheering for her to take Alex Trebek’s place. After a protracted fight with cancer, the beloved Jeopardy host sadly passed away in November 2020.

When Fox News asked Brooke if she would ever consider replacing him, she said, “Of course, I love hosting trivia, so that would be an honor.” 

I am aware that they were considering a few guest hosts, and I believe my good friend Mr. Ken Jennings should be the first to be considered for that. But if they want a female to come on and test it out, I think that would be quite an honor.” 

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