Nancy O’Dell leaves ‘Entertainment Tonight’
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Nancy O’Dell has left syndicated “Entertainment Tonight” after nine years.
“… it does not mean I am leaving the genre. I’ll be back and it won’t be long,” she said on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019’s show.
She went on to mention that her manager, who got her the “ET” job, died a week ago and he had encouraged her to “do what makes you happy.”
O’Dell’s exit comes amid talent changes to ET’s competitors “Access Hollywood” and “Extra.”
“Access Hollywood” is changing its name (it had become just “Access” for a while) and bringing on board Mario Lopez.
Lopez has come under fire for controversial comments about transgender children — and some are wondering if that could jeopardize his new job. He has since apologized.
“Extra” is becoming “ExtraExtra” and has hired former “Access Hollywood” and (brief) “Today” host Billy Bush.
Meanwhile, former “Today” anchor Natalie Morales, who moved to the west coast to host “Access” exited the show earlier this year but is still working for NBCUniversal.
With her hint at not leaving the genre, O’Dell could be hinting she’s headed for a gig at one of these shows (including possibly reuniting with former co-host Bush)?
While nothing has been confirmed, it’s also important to remember that TV anchors and hosts often have clauses in their contracts that prohibit them working for a competitor for a period — sometimes as long as a year — after they leave one job.