Beginning in January, Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell will be joined by CNN-vet-turned-ET-co-host Rob Marciano.
The move follows long-time co-host Mark Steines’ departure from the CBS Television Distribution’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine earlier this summer. In recent months, the show has occasionally brought in recognizable faces, including The X Factor’s Steve Jones, to fill in. Marciano will slip into the co-anchor chair on a full-time basis.
“I am honored to be joining the distinguished and talented team at Entertainment Tonight, all of whom are the gold standard in entertainment journalism,” said Marciano. “For over 30 years, ET has been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry and to be part of that blue chip franchise is a dream come true.”
ET executive producer Linda Bell Blue added: “Rob brings with him a passion for news, a wealth of knowledge about the entertainment industry and an enormous amount of charisma that viewers have been responding to for years. We know he will be an outstanding fit for our show, our audience and the immensely talented Nancy O’Dell.”
Marciano comes from the CNN News Group, where he has served as a news and weather anchor, covering such topics as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil spill, since 2003. Additionally, he has worked across the CNN Networks as a field correspondent and fill-in anchor, and has hosted specials including Rescue: Saving the Gulf. Prior to his tenure at CNN, the Cornell grad served as a chief meteorologist in a series of local markets after a brief stint as an equity sales trader in Manhattan.
The hire, which was brokered by Marciano's agent, Ken Lindner of Ken Lindner and Associates, comes as the entertainment news program continues to tweak its formula in an increasingly crowded landscape. Among the recent moves: an updated theme song, mixed by The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am.
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