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 »
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, a source confirms to Deadline. Bell Blue also is leaving her EP post on the nightly newsmagazine omg! Insider. She now is eyeing a creative exec gig with CBS Television Distribution, which produces and distributes ET. D.J. Petroro, who joined ET in 2005 and is Bell Blue’s No. 2, will take over when she exits.