Nancy O'Dell to Replace Mary Hart on "Entertainment Tonight"

By Michael Preston
|  Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 AM CDT
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TV's most famous pair of legs are walking off into the sunset.

Mary Hart, one of the long-time hosts of tabloid newsmagazine "Entertainment Tonight," is leaving the show after its curent season and will be replaced by former "Access Hollywood" anchor Nancy O'Dell, reports the New York Daily News.

The move was announced on November 8, but ET.com executive producer Linda Bell Blue said that the transition will occur over time. O'Dell will join the show in January and will be elevated to co-host with Mark Steines after Hart departs.

"Leaving this job was not an easy decision, but knowing I will pass the baton to Nancy O'Dell makes that decision much easier," Hart said in an interview with People.

Hart, 60, has been with "ET" since 1982. She announced that this would be her final season this past August.

O'Dell, 44,  was a host for "Access Hollywood" for 13 years before leaving to serve as a contributor to "The Today Show" and "Dateline NBC."

"I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend's seat and I hope I can do her proud...I know the show is only 30 years young, so I'm glad I'm joining it at this stage in its life as I plan to make "ET" my home for many years to come," O'Dell said in a statement released Monday.

Selected Reading: New York Daily News, People, CBS

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