Category: Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O'Dell replacing Mary Hart as host of 'Entertainment Tonight'

Nancy-odell-entertainment-tonight Entertainment host Nancy O'Dell will be taking the lead anchor position on "Entertainment Tonight," replacing longtime anchor Mary Hart.

News of O'Dell's new gig came Monday evening, first reported by People magazine.

"I remember watching 'Entertainment Tonight' when it first premiered and dreaming about working for the show someday," O'Dell told the mag.

"I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend's seat, and I hope I can do her proud!"

O'Dell left her own magazine show, "Access Hollywood," last December after a 13-year run. At the time, her rep said, "though she will be leaving for a new opportunity, this decision is based totally on Nancy’s desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable."

Now, 11 months later, she'll be filling Hart's considerable shoes.

"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," Hart said of her successor.

O'Dell will join the broadcast as a special correspondent after the new year and will assume daily hosting duties when Hart finishes her final season.

In addition to this hire, O'Dell also will co-host "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" with Carson Kressley for Oprah Winfrey's new cable network, to premiere in January. 

What do you think of Nancy going to "ET"? Tell us in the comments section below.

— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Nancy O'Dell attends the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

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Nancy O'Dell says adios to 'Access Hollywood'

Nancy Nancy O'Dell, the entertainment reporter who has been a part of "Access Hollywood" since it premiered in 1996, is taking a bow and leaving the show.

She'll still host NBC's coverage of the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's Day, she told the Associated Press, but will wrap up work on "Access" this week.

Her publicist says only that O'Dell is pursuing a new opportunity.

In addition to "Access," O'Dell has played a reporter on several TV shows. She's also written a book about pregnancy and appeared as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" until she was sidelined by an injury.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Nancy O'Dell arrives at Spike TV's 7th annual Video Game Awards at L.A. Live on Dec. 12, in Los Angeles. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

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