‘The Insider’ Exec Producer Brad Bessey To Also Oversee ‘Entertainment Tonight’; ‘ET’ EP DJ Petroro Out

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 2:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brad Bessey Photo ShootBrad Bessey, executive producer of CBS TV Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider, also is taking the reins of the mothership series, adding executive producer duties for ET. ET‘s current executive producer DJ Petroro, who had been groomed to take over from long-time ET and The Insider executive producer Linda Bell Blue, is departing. Bell Blue is transitioning into a new role as president of ET Studios in May. Also as part of the reshuffling, Monique Chenault joins The Insider as co-executive producer. Linda Fuller continues with ET as an Executive Producer. “After more than 15 years in the ET-Insider family, Brad knows ET inside and out and is the perfect person to continue to grow the brand and keep the show on top,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of creative affairs for CBS TV Distribution said.

Related: DJ Petroro and Linda Fuller Take the Reins of Entertainment Tonight

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CBS Makes It Official: Linda Bell Blue Exiting As ‘Entertainment Tonight’ EP

D.J. Petroro, who is Linda Bell Blue‘s No. 2, and Linda Fuller will be taking the reins of the show, CBS Television Distribution made official today. Bell Blue will remain in her job through the end of the current season, with the new team taking over for the show’s 33rd season in the fall. Her pending departure from Entertainment Tonight was first reported in September. Bell Blue, who has spent 19 years as executive producer of the iconic syndicated Hollywood-centric show, has signed a multi-year deal to transition into a new role as president of the newly created Entertainment Tonight Studios. In her new gig, she will oversee the creation of Entertainment Tonight-branded series and specials for cable, broadcast and digital platforms. This is not a stretch — during her nearly two decades on the show, she executive produced loads of CBS primetime specials: the ABC reunion special Entertainment Tonight Presents: Laverne & Shirley Together Again; the recently produced Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Katy Perry Experience for TVGN; and four ET-branded specials on weight, plastic surgery, unsolved mysteries, and scandals and drug use in Hollywood. Read More »

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‘Entertainment Tonight’ EP Linda Bell Blue Exiting Show Next Year; D.J. Petroro To Take Over

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 4:47pm PDT

Linda Bell Blue joined the venerable showbiz newsmag as executive producer in 1995, at the start of its 15th season. She will exit Entertainment Tonight in September 2014 after 19 years on the job, … Read More »

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‘Entertainment Tonight’ Adds Rosci Diaz As Weekend Co-Anchor

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:52am PST

More anchor moves at Entertainment Tonight. Rocsi Diaz, a co-host of BET’s music video show 106 & Park, has been named weekend co-anchor and a daily correspondent for … Read More »

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CNN’s Rob Marciano Named Co-Host Of ‘Entertainment Tonight’

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 10:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Marciano Entertainment TonightRob Marciano has been named co-anchor of CBS Television Distribution’s celebrity newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight. He will co-anchor with Nancy O’Dell beginning in January 2013. Marciano succeeds Mark Steines, who left in July after 17 years. … Read More »

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‘ET’ & ‘The Insider’ Hire PR Executive

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 11:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tracey Raab CBS TV Distribution20th Century Fox TV PR executive Tracey Raab has joined CBS TV Distribution as VP Communications. She will oversee publicity for the company’s flagship entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight and its offshoot The Insider. She will report to John Wentworth, EVP … Read More »

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Nancy O’Dell To Replace Mary Hart On ‘ET’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: There were Internet claims at the time of retiring ET host Mary Hart’s announcement that The Insider‘s Lara Spencer had been chosen as her replacement. But  we knew they weren’t true. Instead, we reported that CBS Corp … Read More »

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Don’t Name Mary Hart’s Replacement Yet

Lotsa Internet sites are claiming just now that The Insider‘s Lara Spencer already has been chosen to replace Mary Hart as host of Entertainment Tonight. I, too, heard the rumor that Spencer was contractually guaranteed the gig during her last negotiation. But not so fast… “It hasn’t been promised to … Read More »

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Mary Hart To Depart ‘Entertainment Tonight’

By | Thursday August 5, 2010 @ 7:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

August 5, 2010, Hollywood, CA– Mary Hart, the host of Entertainment Tonight, announced today that her final year on the show will be ET’s upcoming 30th season, which launches September 13, 2010.  Hart joined ET in 1982.

Hart says, “I’ve had the privilege of spending 29 years doing something I love – how often does that happen?  I’ve had the support of a stupendous group of people starting with Linda Bell Blue, John Nogawski and many others who are so talented on our staff at ET. I only meant to be at ET for three years, suddenly it’s almost 30!  I’ve reached a point when I clearly realize it’s time for a change.  There are many things I want to do in my life and I’d better get on with them. It will certainly be with mixed sentiments that I say ‘goodbye’ at the end of the season, but it will definitely be with a sense of celebration…30 years of Entertainment Tonight, are you kidding me?  That’s an accomplishment and something I’m very proud of!”

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Yet Another Really Bad Marketing Idea…


I just saw Brad Garrett of Fox’s Til Death interviewed by Entertainment Tonight‘s newest correspondent: an M&M. A red one. Garrett didn’t even look embarrassed. Needless to say, the candy was more hard-hitting than Mary Hart.

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