Exclusive: 'Ugly Betty' hires Henry 2.0

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Ugly Betty has cast a new love interest for America Ferrera, and he’s cute in an unconventional way, smart and career conscious, and friendly yet socially awkward.

OMG, Henry’s coming back!

Kind of.

Actually, no he’s not.

Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that Daniel Eric Gold (Charlie Wilson’s War) has been cast in the recurring role of Matt, a seemingly Henry-esque hottie with whom Betty meets at YETI (Young Editors’ Training Initiative).

I’m told Betty producers have big plans for Betty and Matt. The kind of big plans that led them to include a series regular option in Gold’s just-inked contract.

The burning question: What does this mean for Betty’s current crush, Jesse? I’m guessing it means he bought himself a one-way ticket to the doghouse when he decided to suck face with Amanda. Having said that, I have no confirmation that Val Emmich’s Betty stint has come to an end.

And not to OD on the Henry/Matt parallels, but the new guy shares something else in common with Christopher Gorham’s much-missed alter ego: he’s keeping a secret. A secret that could impact Betty’s life in a significant way.

What do you think he’s hiding? Are you happy a new long-term romance is on the horizon for Betty — regardless of the whole secret thing? Do you wish they’d just bring back Henry instead? Or Gio? Sound off below!

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  • Wes

    This show jumped the shark already Mike. They canceled the three best series on ABC and left this train wreck anchoring Thursday nights, shameful.

  • mc g

    i like his hair.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for reminding me jake 2.0

  • joey

    this show isnt trainwreck, its pure satirical comedy

  • alia

    Gio!!! GIo and Betty forever!!

  • SirLizard

    It’s not just a matter of the producers just bringing back Henry or Gio. It’s not like they wanted to lose Chris Gorham or Freddy Rodriguez. The guys just didn’t want to move to New York. The producers and writers have to move on, so Betty (and viewers) will have to move on too.

  • Sanna

    I reallydidlove her and Gio, but I’m looking forward to Matt. I’m glad they’re getting her a long term boyfriend

  • Matthew C

    i just want Gio back!

  • Sarah

    They should’ve brought back Gio! Hearing Freddy Rodriguez’s response to all the Gio questions during his recent promo tour, he wouldn’t have been against a semi-guest starring role. Shame on ABC for letting fantastic talent get away.

  • Anonymous

    i want henry back, he was so adorable. there was no lcosure on their break up.

  • Yogi

    I MISS GIO!!

  • Josie

    I also miss Gio. Gio forever!

  • Marissa Booth

    ehh..
    he’s pretty hot.
    but i want Gio back!!!
    i effing LOVE freddy rodriguez.

  • natalie

    I miss Gio. I was rooting for him and the show just doesn’t seem as good without his pushy sometimes gruff, but lovable personality.

  • Anonymous

    Who gives a flying fortress? The least interesting aspect of this show is Betty’s love life. The power dynamics at Meade and backstabbing by Wilhamena & co is what all the hullabaloo is about.
    Whatever happened to that struggling musician Betty was crushing on?

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