Whatever Happened To MTV VJ Jesse Camp?

February 10, 2014 By:
Whatever Happened To MTV VJ Jesse Camp?
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Millennials will never forget the lanky, slurry winner of MTV's inaugural "Wanna Be A VJ" competition, Jesse Camp. He looked like a half crust punk/half hair metal aficionado, and he won over America's hearts just by being an affable weirdo who stood out in stark contrast to the bubblegum world of boy bands around him.

Here's Jesse hanging out with Limp Bizkit in 1999 (not for the faint of heart, the Bizkit are annoying and yelly.)


Camp spent two summers gallivanting around the Jersey Shore on MTV's dime and all looked pretty swell. However, things all started to fall apart when rumors surfaced that he wasn't a street kid at all and was, in fact, from a very wealthy family, having graduated from the same boarding school as John D. Rockefeller. 

After a couple of years at MTV, his band Jesse Camp and the 8th Street Kidz signed a million-dollar contract with Hollywood Records. The album tanked and Camp spent a few years in obscurity, only surfacing to order two eight balls of cocaine on camera at the TRL closing party:

Jesse showed up in LA at the tail end of the noughties, as evidenced by this L.A. Weekly article. After spending some time working at Centinela Feed & Pet, he dropped off the face of the earth. Even Dave Holmes doesn't know where he is. Do you know where Jesse Camp is? The last known sighting of him is in this video for The Virgins: