Recently, it was announced that Mary Hart was leaving Entertainment Tonight after close to 30 years as the show’s host. And yesterday her replacement was finally announced: Nancy O’Dell.
O’Dell told People magazine, “I remember watching ‘Entertainment Tonight’ when it first premiered and dreaming about working for the show some day. … I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend’s seat and I hope I can do her proud!”
As the announcement was made, Hart added, “Leaving this job was not an easy decision, but knowing I will pass the baton to Nancy O’Dell makes that decision much easier. … Nancy is a talented and respected entertainment correspondent. We have spent many years working on opposite sides of the celebrity battlefield and I know the show will flourish with Nancy as co-anchor.”
O’Dell will join the show in January as a special correspondent and after Hart finishes her final season on the show in May, O’Dell will step into the role of co-host alongside Mark Steines.
O’Dell previously hosted the rival show Access Hollywood for 13 years before quitting last December. She will also be hosting Fox’s New Year’s Eve programming in 2011.
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