Clinton Kelly

Clinton Kelly


2/22/1969, Panama City, Panama

Birth Name


  • Clinton Kelly on The Chew.
  • Clinton Kelly on The Chew.
  • Clinton Kelly on Miss America Pageant.
  • Mayim Bialik on What Not to Wear.
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Clinton is the cohost on the wildly popular TLC show What Not to Wear, where he helps a poor fashion victim spend $5000 on a new wardrobe.

Born in Panama, Clinton was raised in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, New York. Kelly was executive editor at DNR,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Clinton says he likes the shows Project Runway, Survivor, and The Real World/Road Rules Challenges.

    • Clinton replaced fashion expert Wayne Scott Lukas on What Not to Wear. The producers decided to re-cast the role. Clinton only had three auditions before he was chosen.

    • Some of Clinton's hobbies are reading fiction, cooking, hanging out with family, travel, and playing Scrabble.

    • Clinton's father was one of the contractors who helped renovate his house in Connecticut, and he even appeared on the show.

    • Clinton weighs 190 lbs.

    • Clinton wrote a book in 2005 with his co-host on What Not to Wear, Stacy London. The book is about how to dress certain body types and learning how to dress your own body type.

    • Clinton's eye color is blue.

    • Clinton has hosted What Not To Wear since 2004.

    • He attended Boston College in Massachusetts, USA. He majored in Communications and Environmental Geosciences. Although by the time it was the 2nd semester in his senior year, he dropped the Geosciences to take writing classes.

    • Clinton has a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

    • His parents are divorced.

    • Clinton bought a $500,000, 1980s style house in northwestern Connecticut around the year 2006. After he bought the house, Clinton made over the interior and exterior so it was more his style.

    • For one year after his father moved out, Clinton, his mother and his sister survived on welfare amid the middle-class families in their community.

    • He is 6'4".

    • Clinton appears on the cover of Long Island-based magazine, The Boulevard's April-May 2007 issue.

  • Quotes

    • Clinton: (When asked where he gets his clothes) I get my clothes from lots of different places. Some clothes for the show are bought, some are borrowed. I wear a lot of Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Club Monaco. My favorite suits are by Armani and Lanvin. And I love shoes by Bally, Ferragamo and Lambertson Truex.

    • Clinton Kelly: Many adults think that dressing like a teenager makes them look younger, when in fact the exact opposite is true. It just makes you look like you're trying to compete with 18-year-olds – and that's a losing battle. The 18-year-old is always going to look younger.

    • Clinton Kelly: (when asked if he is a spender or saver when it comes to money) Spender. I want nice things. I want to be surrounded by beautiful things.

    • Clinton Kelly: (when asked what his best money advice would be) Do not keep a balance on your credit cards. Ever. Pay off every credit card you have, in full, every month. End of story.

    • Clinton Kelly: (when asked what his sign was) I was born February 22, 1969, under the sign of Pisces rising and a moon in Taurus, which I'm told makes me imaginative, creative, and sensitive but firmly grounded in reality. And I am grounded in reality - reality television!

    • Clinton: (his relationship with Stacy) Stacy and I have very similar senses of humor and tastes in fashion. It's pretty rare that a workday goes by without a good belly laugh.

    • Clinton Kelly: Always dress your body the way it is now - not the way you want it to be - because it might not ever get to be that way.

    • Clinton Kelly: My dad and I have a tradition: On Father's Day I give him cash. Some people think that's not very thoughtful, but I must disagree. I know how much he enjoys any article of clothing with the words "Harley Davidson" on it — he's in LOVE with his bike, a Heritage Soft Tail — and he knows how I've made a career out of throwing logo t-shirts into a trash can. It's our little compromise and it makes us happy.

    • Clinton: Don't compare yourself to images you see in magazines or billboards - these people aren't real.

    • Biggest fashion pet peeve:
      Clinton: The "casualization" of America Don't get me wrong -- casual wear is important, and can be fun and stylish. However, on the whole, we've stopped caring about what clothing is appropriate for a given situation.

    • A personal fashion confession: Clinton: I owned a pair of pleated-front, acid-washed Z. Cavaricci jeans in high school
      But, in my own defense, it was 1987 and I am from Long Island, the capital of scary fashion (in the 1980s, that is).

  • Cost of homes you discussed today.

    My husband bought his mobile home in 1975 for 25K. Being that old no finance company will give you a loan. You stated about living by Starbucks raised the cost of home. Try living by the new Levi Stadium which is 2 miles away. These old housed are now going for over 100K. Can we talk inflation?
  • Beef Wellington

    Clinton, I made your individual beef wellington's for my family the other night. OMG, what a hit! They were "TO DIE FOR". I will definitely be making this regularly. My parents live 10hrs away so I don't get to see them often, but next time I go, I am for sure making this for them. They will love it. Thank you for such an awesome recipe. Btw, I like the beard lol. Love the show. The 5 of you make such a great group, love the diversity of you guys.moreless