'Wipeout's' Jill Wagner: 'People never know my name'

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Jill Wagner was known as the car-selling "Mercury girl" before she became the popular co-host of ABC's "Wipeout."

Now she's up for doing another endorsement ... and in one case, she'd be happy to let her mouth do the talking even if she actually didn't say a word.

"I keep pushing for the Crest Whitestrips thing," the ever-friendly Wagner tells Zap2it. "I get so many compliments on how white my teeth are, but I have to say it's not because of my brushing skills. It's from Crest Whitestrips, and that's the honest truth. I don't believe in going to the dentist and paying for whitening."

While that is her preferred pitching job, Wagner wouldn't mind again having some commercial presence similar to the one her long-running car deal ("You've got to put Mercury on your list!") gave her.

"That's something I have not pressed for," she admits, "but my manager and I were talking the other day, and he was saying, 'Why are we not doing that? We need to be getting something else.' I think there's something in the works right now that I can't talk about, but it'll be something fun."

Wagner's "Wipeout" fame brought her back to the Thursday game show last week as Season 6 began, after a year when Vanessa Lachey took over her role interviewing the obstacle-course contestants. Wagner has no problem with the fact that some people still know her more by face than by name, which she found to be the case during a USO tour of Afghanistan last month.

"I was there with Romany Malco, who is a pretty well-known actor and a hilarious comedian. We were going into these large rooms of soldiers, and they were like, 'Romany Malco! This is great! We're so excited! Is that your girlfriend?'

"I would grab the microphone," Wagner says, "and I'd ask, 'Who knows who I am?' No one would raise their hand. Then I'd ask, 'Who watches the show with the big red balls?' And everybody raised their hand, and they were like, 'Oh, my gosh! You're the girl who hosts ... .' People know me as 'Wipeout Girl' or 'Mercury Girl.' They never know my name, and sometimes, maybe that's a good thing."
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