China’s ‘greatest host’ has just become the first host in history to go off script.
The title of the new episode of The Great Wall is “The Best Host in the World,” which is set to air in Chinese-language Chinese language TV stations later this year.
The episode will have a total of nine minutes of live coverage, with two hours of scripted interviews.
“I have never been so proud to be the first Chinese host to go on script,” said Wu Wensheng, a former vice-president of the Beijing Institute of Contemporary Arts.
“I think that will be a great milestone for Chinese entertainment, and the Chinese audience.”
Wu is known for his roles on shows such as “Bokchung,” “Bubble Boy,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
He’s been the host of the Chinese language version of “The Voice” since 2007.
He said he’s had no idea about his new role until this year, when he was approached by Chinese officials for a job at a new Chinese TV station.
“My first reaction was, ‘What is this?
Is this a joke?'” said Wu.
The new Chinese host is known in China as a pioneer, but many other Chinese hosts have been on the road for years.
In 2014, for instance, Wuxi broadcaster Jiang Wei hosted a TV show with the title “The Great Wall of China.”
The Great Western, which was broadcast by state broadcaster China Central Television, also produced “The Greatest Host in China.”
But unlike the other hosts, Wu is not a household name.
Wuxis popularity has been based on his performance on Chinese TV, with his voice often cracking with laughter and his show often breaking records in China.
Wu says he got into acting when he went to school and has acted in dramas and animated shows.
“It’s really amazing to be on Chinese television,” he said.
“There are very few foreigners on Chinese radio, television and movie screens.”
He has also appeared in movies, and he has written his own songs, like “The Last of Us,” “The World Is Beautiful” and other songs for Chinese radio stations.
Wuxi’s current hosts, Jiang Wei and Wu, will return to the airwaves next year.
Wuan, the station’s current host, is also set to return in 2019.