Stacy Keibler is moving into her next professional phase with the full backing of someone familiar with career transitions, boyfriend George Clooney.
The former WWE Diva gets to play "Shark Tank"-like host as food inventors pitch their ideas to a panel of judges -- including chef Michael Chiarello and Debbi Fields, of Mrs. Fields Cookies fame -- and then to the buyer for a major store chain in the Lifetime competition "Supermarket Superstar," premiering Monday, July 22.
Keibler tells Zap2it that Clooney has been "very supportive" of her taking and doing her new job. In her treks with him to various parts of the world, either for work or relaxation, she has tried many different foods ... something she finds useful in her new role.
"I'm an adventurous traveler and an adventurous eater," she says. "I love to sample the cuisine of all kinds of places I've never been to before. Just spending time in Italy (where Clooney has a home) and learning how to cook fresh tomato sauce, I love everything about that country."
Keibler is no stranger to TV competitions from the other side, having finished third as Tony Dovolani's partner in Season 2 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." She reports the show "reached out" to her to return for last year's "All-Stars" edition, "but unfortunately, my schedule was just too crazy and I wasn't able to do it."
Regretful that was the case, Keibler recalls her stint on the program as "so genuine. No one really knew what the show was going to grow into, the monster that it's kind of become, and it was the hardest thing I've ever done. I went through every emotion ... happy, excited, nervous and stressed-out. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had."
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