Tempestt Bledsoe, the former "Cosby" kid, isn't daunted by taking over for Niecy Nash as the host of "Clean House."
"I think I have a new, fresh perspective on it," Bledsoe says of the show (10 p.m. Wednesdays, The Style Network). "Niecy is going to go on and do some amazing projects, and I wish her well."
But there's no doubt Bledsoe, who is better known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable on "Cosby" in the 1980s, has big shoes to fill. Nash's sassy observations on the "foolishness" and "mayhem" of participants became a trademark from the beginning on "Clean House." It has launched a new season, the show's 10th, without her.
Now Bledsoe, 37, is in charge of herding the messy folks whose clutter is pushing them out of their homes. Fans are divided on the change. Bledsoe has her style of hosting, and the straight-talking and nurturing approach that Nash established is carried over with Bledsoe.
As for her cleaning style, "I'm a minimalist," says Bledsoe. "I don't like a lot of clutter. ... I have a real visceral reaction to it. I don't know how anyone can think, how they can get anything done, when things aren't organized."
"Clean House" is not the only such program. Similar shows include "Hoarders" and "How Clean Is Your House?"
Each year, the "Clean House" crew conducts a search for the messiest home in America, and they have more than enough candidates to choose from. "I think it's (an epidemic) in the United States because we are a country of so much excess," Bledsoe says. "We have a lot of food. We have a lot of things. We have a lot of things.
"The environment is ripe around here for that sort of thing."
Bledsoe says it's her charge to try and understand the mind behind the clutter and how she can help people resolve issues.