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Nancy O'Dell To Replace Mary Hart on 'Entertainment Tonight'

Nancy O'Dell has been tapped to replace the outgoing Mary Hart as the co-host of 'Entertainment Tonight'.

"I remember watching Entertainment Tonight when it first premiered and dreaming about working for the show someday," O'Dell says. "I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend's seat and I hope I can do her proud!"

"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."

Hart, who turned 60 on Monday, announced this summer that she would be leaving the show next year after 30 seasons.

"Leaving this job was not an easy decision, but knowing I will pass the baton to Nancy O'Dell makes that decision much easier," Hart says of the former 'Access Hollywood' host.

"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, 44, will join ET as a special correspondent before she takes over the role of co-host, alongside Mark Steines.

November 9, 2010 |

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