Assi Azar is an Israeli television personality who co-hosted ‘Big Brother Israel.’ Azar was born in Holon to a half Bukharin/half Yemeni family. He served in the Israeli Defence Forces as a commander of the military police training base until he was released in 2001. At the beginning of his career Assi had written short stories and poems and started hosting the short-lived internet channel ‘Kik’ in Israel.
His professional career as a host started in 2004, after he won a viewers’ contest for the then-popular youth show “Exit.” The show aimed to turn one of the viewers into a host because one of the regular hosts was leaving the show. Azar won the contest, joined the cast of the show and started gaining popularity (and lots of air time).
In April 2005 he came out of the closet in a revealing interview with the newspaper Yedioth Ahronot. Later that year, at the end of the third season of “Exit,” he retired from the show (together with co-hosts Mali Levi and Shiri Maimon), and joined the successful entertainment show “Good Evening with Guy Pines” (the Israeli equivalent of Entertainment Tonight) as an on-field reporter.
Thereafter, Azar moved to Channel 24 (from Keshet Broadcasting) and hosted the satire talk show “Catch- 24 “. The show was canceled in spring 2008, but was soon picked up again with minor changes by Keshet’s comedy channel ‘Bip’. The name of the show was changed to “Talk to My Agent.”
Later Azar signed a talent contract with Keshet and hosted a number of broadcasts, and in September 2008 began to co-host the reality show “Big Brother” with Erez Tal. In December 2008, the network aired the game show “Sing it ” with Azar hosting. Parallel to that, Azar started working on his documentary ‘Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you,’ that deals with coming out of the closet, and which premiered on Keshet- Channel 2 in 2009.
In October 2009 , the American magazine OUT crowned Assi as one of the 100 Most Influential Gays and Lesbians in the world , due to the decisive contribution of presenting an openly gay major prime-time program in Israel. In the fall of 2011 Azar began to guide the matchmaking documentary program “three” on Channel 2, which was later picked up by the American Network CBS. He starred in the gossip columns in Israel as a hang-out-buddy of Perez Hilton, Rufus Wainwright and other celebrities who visited Tel Aviv.
Since September 2013, in addition to hosting ‘Big Brother Israel,’ Azar has served as the main host of “The Next Star,” an evolution of the reality music competition show “American Idol.”
Sukkot With Assi Azar (Stripes and Pearls / October 20, 2016)
LGBT Connection to Judaism, in Israel (A Wider Bridge / October 11, 2016)
Their Big Fat Israeli-Spanish Wedding (The Advocate / September 1, 2016)
TV Show Penned by Assi Azar Airs in the UK (Jewish News / August 23, 2016)
Queen’s Lead Guitarist Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew at Israel Concert (Breitbart.com / July 21, 2016)
Gay Israeli TV Host Marries in Shadow of Orlando Shooting (Jerusalem Post / June 14, 2016)
Top 10 LGBT Israelis to Follow on Twitter (A Wider Bridge / March 21, 2016)
Assi Azar Confronted by Protesters (The Times of Israel / November 11, 2015)
An Open Letter to UCLA’s LGBTQ Community (Daily Bruin / April 14, 2015)
Assi Azar Engaged! (A Wider Bridge / April 8, 2015)
Assi Azar’s Tour Across America (OUT Magazine / April 3, 2015)
Assi Azar Covers Time Out Tel Aviv (The Times of Israel / July 18, 2014)
Assi Azar Vs. MK Stav Shafir (Walla! / June 17, 2014)
Behind the Scenes of IGY’s New Campaign (The Times of Israel / June 9, 2014)
Gal Uchovsky Slams Minister Uri Ariel (Israel National News / March 13, 2014)
Assi Azar, “LGBT Advisor” to Knesset Members (Yedioth Ahronot / February 5, 2014)
A Busy Week at the Jerusalem Open House (A Wider Bridge / January 2, 2014)
More on Azar/Bennet Meeting (Ha’aretz / December 27, 2013)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Vocativ / December 24, 2013)
“This is My Family” (Facebook / December 11, 2013)
It’s a Happy New Year for Assi Azar (A Wider Bridge / October 1, 2013)
Major Event for the “Right to Have a Family” (Mako Pride / June 5, 2013)
Assi Azar and ‘Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You (A Wider Bridge / November 2011)
Gay Israeli brings coming out story to Saint Mark (GA Voice / November 3, 2011)