Have you ever played the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game? What's that, you ask? It's a trivia game that is, according to Wikipedia, "based on the concept of the small world phenomenon and rests on the assumption that any individual can be linked through his or her film roles to actor Kevin Bacon within six steps."
Bacon, you see, has appeared in so many random movie and TV projects over the last three decades that it is almost impossible not to be connected to him if you work in Hollywood (Kevin has a good sense of humor about it and even started a charity based on the idea www.SixDegrees.Org).
Because I have a ridiculous job in which I get paid to think about such things, I got to wondering who on the E! News team has the fewest degrees of separation from Bacon. I launched an intense investigation and, guess what, it is me! Sad news: My pal Catt Sadler came in last place, which I'm sure is crushing news to her. (Note that since many of us actually have interviewed Kevin, this connection was eliminated from the analysis).
Go ahead and try yourself to calculate the separation degrees for me and my E! colleagues. Let me know your findings in the comments below. And, if you want to turn this into a drinking game (I'm told, ah-hem, it has been done), please do so responsibly...
Ken Baker: Interviewed Frankie Muniz at the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix. Muniz starred in My Dog Skip with Kevin Bacon. (Two Degrees!)
Ryan Seacrest: Worked with Jennifer Lopez on American Idol. Jennifer Lopez was in The Wedding Planner with Matthew McConaughey. Matthew McConaughey was in Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker. Sarah Jessica Parker was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon. (Four Degrees!)
Kristin Dos Santos: Starred in an episode of Pushing Daisies with Kristin Chenoweth. Kristin Chenoweth has appeared on Glee with Dianna Agron. Dianna Agron was in Burlesque with Katerina Mikailenko. Katerina Mikailenko is in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon. (Four Degrees!)
Ben Lyons: Made a cameo in The House Bunny with Anna Faris. Anna Faris starred in What's Your Number? with Mike Vogel. Mike Vogel was in Rumor Has It… with Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon. (Four Degrees!)
Kristina Guerrero: Appeared in The Bookie with Mina Olivera. Mina Olivera was in Reno 911! with Niecy Nash. Niecy Nash was in Horton Hears a Who! with Steve Carell. Steve Carell is in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon. (Four Degrees!)
Ashlan Gorse: Appeared on an episode of Chelsea Lately with Chuy Bravo. Chuy Bravo was in The Honeymooners with Gabrielle Union. Gabrielle Union was in 10 Things I Hate About You with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in Sundance Skippy with Kevin Bacon. (Four Degrees!)
Catt Sadler: Starred on General Hospital with Maurice Bernard. Maurice Bernard has starred on All My Children with Susan Lucci. Susan Lucci made a guest appearance on That's So Raven with Raven Symone. Raven Symone was in Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement with Chris Pine. Chris Pine was in Beyond All Boundaries with Kevin Bacon. (Five Degrees!)
Additional reporting by Michelle McCarthy