November 9th, 2010
09:36 AM ET
"Entertainment Tonight" has announced that Nancy O'Dell will take over the throne when Mary Hart ends her 30-year reign as the celebrity news program's co-host in 2011.
“I remember watching 'Entertainment Tonight' when it first premiered and dreaming about working for the show someday!" O'Dell said in a statement. "It is the original and the gold standard of entertainment news shows. Needless to say, I am thrilled that my dream has come true.
"I have greatly admired the show and the incomparable and esteemed Mary Hart - her quiet power and professionalism are beyond admirable. I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend's seat and I hope I can ‘do her proud!"
Beginning in January, O'Dell will ease into her "ET" duties as a special correspondent and substitute co-anchor for the show before taking over for Hart at the end of the season.
"Leaving this job was not an easy decision, but knowing I will pass the baton to Nancy O'Dell makes that decision much easier," says Hart, who joined "ET" in 1982 and announced her retirement in August. "Nancy is a talented and respected entertainment correspondent. We have spent many years working on opposite sides of the celebrity battlefield; I look forward to now working together, and I know the show will flourish with Nancy as co-anchor.”
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