Nancy O’Dell quits Entertainment Tonight

ET presenter leaves after 9 years to spend more time with family.

Entertainment Tonight presenter Nancy O’Dell has quit after 9 years on the show.

“I’m going to enjoy some time off with the most wonderful gal in my life, my daughter, because they grow up way too fast,” she told viewers on Friday. “She is always my priority.”

O’Dell ,who succeeded Mary Hart in 2011, dedicated her final broadcast to her longtime manager / agent, John Ferriter, who passed away last week.

“This last sign off is for you, John, and for all the viewers whom I have an unbreakable bond with from our daily chance to talk all things entertainment,” she said. “That bond will never change. So, it’s not goodbye, but rather just turning the page to the next chapter.”

ET Executive Producer Erin Johnson said, “For almost nine years, Nancy has welcomed viewers to ET every night with her signature southern charm,” Johnson said in a statement. “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 have no doubt she will continue to succeed in all future endeavors.”

In July Mario Lopez quit entertainment show Extra to join rival showbiz show Access Hollywood after 11 years.

Entertainment Tonight screens in Australia on 10.

Source: USA Today

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