Picks and Pans Review: Wilmer Valderrama
Although his FOX sitcom That '70s Show is signing off May 18, Wilmer Valderrama is already back in the groove as creator, executive producer and host of MTV's comedy game show Yo Momma, premiering April 3 at 6 p.m. ET. The actor, 26, chatted with PEOPLE about his new gig.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE COMPETITIVE TRASH-TALKING FEST YO MOMMA?
I was shooting the movie Summer Catch with Freddie Prinze Jr., and there's a scene where one baseball player says to another, "Yo momma is so fat that when she wears heels she drills oil." [Years later] I was watching the movie 8 Mile, and I saw the freestyle rap battle. I thought, "How can you do something like that but it's comedy?"
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THE BEST MOMMA-BASHER?
In each episode we go to two 'hoods in L.A. and find a bunch of kids to go against each other. The two winners from each 'hood battle. I go to each contestant's home to find embarrassing things that can make the final battle personal, and then we find out who's that week's king of trash-talking.
WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER THINK OF THE SHOW?
My mom loves it! She said, "They're going to get mad," then she sees everybody laughing and she's like, "No way." She can't believe it. She's really into it.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO SAY GOODBYE TO THAT '70s SHOW AFTER EIGHT SEASONS?
When I took that final bow and everyone started crying—that was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. They'll forever be my family. I just talked to Ashton [Kutcher] two minutes ago. We love each other, and we'll always be there for each other.
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