Longtime Univision Host Raul Gonzalez to Host Variety Show for Telemundo

Longtime Univision Host Raul Gonzalez Host
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After 13 years of co-hosting Univision’s morning show “Despierta America,” Raul Gonzalez will join Telemundo to develop and host a variety series slated for next season.

Gonzalez and Univision parted ways on the Feb. 27 installment of “Despierta America.”

In addition to the variety series, the Venezuela-born Gonzalez will contribute to multiple series and specials for Telemundo, the first of which being his upcoming gig as the host of the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.

“We are thrilled to have one of the top TV personalities in Spanish language television join Telemundo’s exclusive talent roster,” said Jesus Torres Viera, exec VP of programming for Telemundo Network. “Raul’s extensive experience in television and theater combined with his dynamic personality and unique ability to connect with the audience will be a great addition to our team.”

After getting his start in children’s theater and hosting a kids’ TV show in his early twenties, Gonzalez moved from his native Caracas to Miami in 1994 and joined the “Despierta” team in 2001. He has also co-hosted Univision’s “Sabado Gigante” several times.

“I am a firm believer in following your dreams and for me hosting a primetime series has always been one of my major goals,” Gonzalez said. “We share a passion for quality television and will bring our audience the programming they want and deserve.”

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  1. Melvin Martinez says:

    Big mistake by Telemundo. Did not they learn anything after hiring Christina?? Do not hire left overs!! Get some real talent and Gonzales is not!!


  2. Myriam says:

    Cuando Univision saco del aire a Fernando Arau, sin ninguna transicion ahi supe que segun hicieron con el lo harian con Los demas.
    Sus compa~eros no lo apoyaron. Aqui en Los Estados Unidos tenemos LIbertad de Expresion
    El unico fue Don Francisco a quien respeto por ser el hombre que es que le dio el beneficio de la duda a Fernando Arau.

    Sacados del aire en Univision:

    Fernando Arau
    Ana Maria Canseco
    Neida Sandoval

    Dejaron el Canal:

    Cristina Saralegui
    Dra. Nancy Alvarez

  3. Alyn says:

    Hola Raul te vamos a extrañar muchisimo eras la alegria de Mis mananas con tu extraordinario talento y versatilidad te deseo tanto y mucho mas exito del que ya tienes Sigue a delante amigo arriba Venezuela Libre carinos

    • ANGEL says:

      Hola Raul yo creo que el program despierta America perdio el alma que lo tenia en la cima pues todo el public que lo veia estara de acuerdo Raul tu actitud de progreso te llevara hasta donde tu quieras y si puedo te seguire a donde vayas pues eres un ejemplo de prosperidad que es lo que nosotros los latinos necesitamos en la television Raul Dios contigo y a mi que no olvide FELICIDADES AMIGO

  4. Jose ramirez says:

    Raul el major de todos de despisrta America excellent personage.

  5. Rosilvia says:

    Raul siga hacia lante,felicidades y muchas felicitaciones en su Carrera. Desde


  6. h.tiny says:

    They better not put him in un nuevo dia because if hes in i’m out..enough with telemundo putting all of univisions rejects..what is this a shelter..eww..also where’s my Adamari Lopez?

  7. Miguelina Suriel says:

    Raul is an extraordinary human bean and is one of the best Hispanic talent.

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