Longtime “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell is leaving the newsmagazine show, revealing the news to viewers on Friday’s broadcast.
O’Dell first joined as anchor of the show in 2010, replacing Mary Hart, after spending 13 years co-anchoring “Access Hollywood.”
“For almost nine years, Nancy has welcomed viewers to ‘ET’ every night with her signature southern charm,” said “Entertainment Tonight” executive producer Erin Johnson. “From anchoring both royal weddings, gracing every major award show red carpet and interviewing the likes of Garth Brooks, JLo and Oprah, her expertise behind the microphone is undeniable. We can’t thank Nancy enough for her dedication to keeping ‘ET’ the gold standard in entertainment news and we have no doubt she will continue to succeed in all future endeavors.”
The move comes just a week after the death of her manager and agent of 20 years, John Ferriter. He had recently told O’Dell that “life is too short, do what makes you happy.” O’Dell dedicated her last “ET” sign-off to Ferriter and to viewers of the show, and also said that she will be enjoying her time off with her daughter, “because they grow up way too fast.”
Viewers should not expect her to be out of the public eye forever, however.
“I’ll be back and it won’t be long,” she said.