I tend to have Entertainment Tonight on in the background most nights, and the Friday, August 2 show seemed normal until the final few minutes. Then Nancy O'Dell and co-host Kevin Frazier addressed the cameras. Nancy revealed a big surprise to viewers -- she was leaving her job right then and there after nearly nine years with ET. There had been no prior announcements.
Nancy O’Dell added that a dear friend suggested she make a life list, writing down career milestones on one side and what she still wants to accomplish on the other. She talked about the "near embarrassment of riches" of the first list, including being chosen as the host to step into the shoes of the legendary Mary Hart.
Nancy O'Dell shared her full statement after her sign-off, via an Instagram post (click to her second slide to read her full statement) :
Kevin Frazier shared a version of the same photo on his Instagram, adding this caption and a heart emoji:
ET Executive Producer Erin Johnson shared a statement after Nancy O'Dell's departure:
It's not clear yet who'll replace Nancy O'Dell, although some viewers have already spoken out to say they'd like to see correspondent Keltie Knight promoted, since she and Kevin Frazier have a fun banter. (Fun fact: Before she joined The Insider and then ET, Keltie was a professional dancer and also a contestant on Brad Womack's second season of The Bachelor.)
This is a time of change in the TV anchor/host world. Sara Gilbert just had her own tearful goodbye from The View, but at least fans knew that was coming. Nancy O'Dell's departure was more of a last minute surprise at the end of a Friday show. Back in April, Kathie Lee Gifford left the TODAY show after 11 years as co-host with Hoda Kotb.
Mario Lopez announced he's leaving Extra and heading over to Access Hollywood. Longtime Extra host A.J. Calloway also left the show, in his case after sexual misconduct allegations. He was suspended in February and an investigation was launched, with his departure recently announced. Meanwhile, Billy Bush -- who used to co-host Access Hollywood with Nancy O'Dell -- is returning to TV after his infamous Donald Trump interview, hosting a new syndicated entertainment news show this fall called Extra Extra.
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Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.