By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Published: May 16, 2021

Mary Hart ET

Mary Hart ET - Her last ET broadcast is set for Friday, after 30 years on the show. Mary Hart’s celebrity and entertainment coverage has changed markedly since she began anchoring the show in its first year in 1982. In fact, it was the first weekday syndicated show devoted solely to entertainment news when it began.

Mary Hart ET has remained at the top of the ratings as similar shows came along. And the show as it is fondly known, remains one of the top sources for celeb news among the many other shows, websites, magazines and news outlets now covering the subject.

“She will be missed,” said Bill Carroll, an expert in the syndicated television market for Katz Media. “She has become iconic.”

Hart earned a hug from David Letterman and her own “Late Show” Top Ten list last week: “Things Mary Hart Has Learned in 29 Years of Hosting ‘Entertainment Tonight.’” (No. 4: “Tom Hanks is a total loser,” as the camera cut to tape of a befuddled Hanks. No. 1 was: “Nothing.”)

Hart, a former Miss South Dakota and now 60, has worked with five male co-hosts, most notably John Tesh and currently Mark Steines. Nancy O’Dell will replace her.

“I’d been thinking about this for a very long time knowing it would be difficult and it is difficult,” Hart said. “It’s a very strange feeling knowing that I’m doing a final show and actually saying goodbye on the air. It makes me very emotional at times.”

Hart said she never intended to be on the show that long but liked the people with whom she worked and it was a good job to have for her and her marriage to producer Burt Sugarman, and their son.


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