Entertainment Tonight

Entertainment Tonight (or simply ET) is an American first-run syndicated entertainment television newsmagazine that is distributed by CBS Television Distribution throughout the United States.

Entertainment Tonight
Entertainment Tonight 2014 logo
Created byAl Masini
Presented byWeekday editions:
Nancy O'Dell
Kevin Frazier
Weekend edition:
Keltie Knight
Nischelle Turner
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons38
No. of episodes11,675 (as of December 28, 2018; 9,730 weekdays; 1,945 weekend)
Executive producer(s)
  • Brad Bessey (2014–2016)
  • Sharon Hoffman (2016–present)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes (weekday editions)
44 minutes (weekend edition)
Production company(s)
Original networkSyndicated
Picture format
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1981 –
Related showsThe Insider
External links


The format of the program is composed of stories of interest from throughout the entertainment industry, exclusive set visits, first looks at upcoming film and television projects, and one-on-one interviews with actors, musicians and other entertainment personalities and newsmakers.

Entertainment Tonight Logo
Logo used until 2014; all on-air logos used since 1994 are based on the original 1981 logo, but have solely used the abbreviated "ET" name.

A one-hour weekend edition, ET Weekend (known as Entertainment This Week until September 1991), originally offered a recap of the week's entertainment news, with most or all episodes later transitioning to center (either primarily or exclusively) around some sort of special theme; though the weekend edition now utilizes either format depending on the episode, most commonly, the format of those broadcasts consists of replays of stories that were shown during the previous week's editions.

ET Radio Minute, a daily radio feature, is syndicated by Westwood One.

As of 2018, the program's weekday broadcasts are anchored by Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, while the weekend editions are anchored by Keltie Knight and Nischelle Turner.


In its early years from its 1981 inception, Entertainment Tonight – following a local newscast-style format – consisted primarily of coverage of the latest movies, music and television releases and projects.

They signed an exclusive agreement to cover the wedding of convicted child molester Mary Kay Letourneau, who married the student she had an affair with, Vili Fualaau;[1] and attorney Howard K. Stern, who represented Daniel Birkhead in the paternity case of the late Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn.[2][3] ET has also aired exclusive stories related to Anna Nicole Smith, including coverage of her funeral, and her surviving daughter.[4]

In 1996, actor George Clooney decided to boycott Entertainment Tonight to protest the presence of intrusive paparazzi after Hard Copy did an exposé about his love life, violating an agreement that he had with Paramount, which produced and syndicated both shows.[5] In a letter he sent to Paramount, Clooney stated that he would encourage his friends to do the same.[6]

On September 8, 2008, Entertainment Tonight began broadcasting in high definition; concurrently, the program moved its production and studio operations from its longtime home at Stage 28 on the Paramount Pictures studio lot to Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center, one of the final steps involving the incorporation of Paramount's former syndication arm, Paramount Domestic Television, into CBS' distribution arms and the adoption of the then-new CBS Television Distribution name, which all took place following the breakup of CBS and the original Viacom into separate companies in December 2005.[7]

In October 2013, after 19 years with Entertainment Tonight, Linda Bell Blue decided to step down as executive producer of the show,[8] to become the inaugural president of Entertainment Tonight Studios, which was formed in November in conjunction with CBS Global Distribution to expand the ET brand to cable, broadcast and digital platforms through various series and specials.[9]

After pressure via a social media campaign by actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, ET announced in February 2014 that it would no longer accept footage or pictures of the children of celebrities from paparazzi photographers.[10]

This show is the longest-running syndicated show, surpassing Soul Train, which had a 37-year run.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff


  • Nancy O'Dell – Co-anchor (2011 – present)
  • Kevin Frazier – Weekday/Weekend Co-anchor (2014 – present; previously served as weekend co-anchor/correspondent from 2004 – 2011)


  • Brooke Anderson – contributor (2013–present)
  • Keltie Knight – correspondent/weekend co-anchor/substitute weekday anchor (2017–present)
  • Cameron Mathison – contributor (2015–present)[11]
  • Carly Steel – correspondent (2016–present)
  • Nischelle Turner – correspondent/weekend co-anchor/substitute weekday anchor (2014–present)
  • Joe Zee – fashion (industry/red carpet) correspondent (2013–present)

Former on-air staff


As of 2007, despite competition from The Insider and even the more general-focus newsmagazine Inside Edition, both which are also produced by CBS Television Distribution, Entertainment Tonight remained among the ten highest-rated syndicated programs according to Nielsen weekly ratings. During the 2007–08 season, the program's daytime ratings fluctuated between fourth and fifth place due to competition from fellow CBS-syndicated program Judge Judy.[12]


  1. ^ "'ET' Ponies Up for Letourneau Wedding". Zap2It. Tribune Media Services. April 28, 2005. Archived from the original on January 3, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
  2. ^ "Howard K. Stern Lived Off Anna Nicole Smith". Wild Starz. February 21, 2007. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012.
  3. ^ Irwin, Lew (February 13, 2007). "Did Entertainment Tonight Pay For Stern Interview?". Contact Music.
  4. ^ "On the Heels of Anna Nicole's Death, Tragedy at The Insider". Jossip. February 8, 2007. Archived from the original on February 14, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
  5. ^ "Stardom is double-edged sword for private Clooney". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. December 13, 1996.
  6. ^ "CLOONEY TUNE:THE 'ER' STAR TAKES ON TABLOID TV". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. November 8, 1996.
  7. ^ "Entertainment Tonight and The Insider Move Headquarters to Brand New State of the Art Soundstages at CBS Studio Center". CBS Television Distribution. September 8, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2009 – via The Futon Critic.
  8. ^ "EP Linda Bell Blue departing "Entertainment Tonight"". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. September 26, 2013.
  9. ^ AJ Marechal (November 19, 2013). "Linda Bell Blue to Lead Entertainment Tonight Studios". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "ET Joins Kristen Bell in Fight with Paparazzi". Entertainment Tonight. CBS Interactive. February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeisterperiodical=Variety (November 19, 2013). "'Entertainment Tonight' Names Cameron Mathison Weekend Co-Anchor & Correspondent". Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Making Whoopi: 'View' ratings are up". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on December 26, 2008.

External links

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Bob Goen

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Chaz Bono

Chaz Salvatore Bono (born Chastity Sun Bono, March 4, 1969) is an American writer, musician and actor. His parents are entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher.Bono is a transgender man. In 1995, while then identifying as a woman, and several years after being outed as lesbian by the tabloid press, he publicly self-identified as a lesbian in a cover story in a leading American gay monthly magazine, The Advocate, eventually going on to discuss the process of coming out to oneself and to others in two books. Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families (1998) includes his coming-out account. The memoir The End of Innocence (2003) discusses his outing, music career, and partner Joan's death from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.Between 2008 and 2010, Bono underwent female-to-male gender transition. A two-part Entertainment Tonight feature in June 2009 explained that his transition had started a year before. In May 2010, he legally changed his gender and name. A documentary on Bono's experience, Becoming Chaz, was screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and later made its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program

The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given to honor a television newsmagazine that covers "the entertainment industry with a focus on human interest, popular culture and celebrity gossip and interviews". Programs of this genre airing between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. are eligible to enter.This category additionally awards the work of the producer titles, segment producer(s), host(s), anchor(s) and correspondent(s) "credited on a minimum of 19% of the original episodes". At the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards held in 2014, Entertainment Tonight and Extra were the first winners of this award when they tied in this category. The awards ceremony was not televised in 2014, and instead aired only online through the DaytimeEmmys.net website as there was an inability to find a proper TV broadcast channel.

The Emmy was named after an "Immy", an affectionate term used to refer to the image orthicon camera tube. The statuette was designed by Louis McManus, who modeled the award after his wife, Dorothy. The Emmy statuette is fifteen inches tall from base to tip. The statuette weighs 5 pounds and is composed of iron, pewter, zinc and gold.Since its inception, the award has been given to two entertainment news program. Entertainment Tonight holds the record for the most awards, winning on three occasions. This program also joins Access Hollywood and Extra for having the most nominations, with a total of four. As of the 2017 ceremony, Entertainment Tonight became the most recent recipient of the award.

Entertainment Tonight Canada

Entertainment Tonight Canada (branded as ET Canada) is a Canadian entertainment news television series, using the same format as the American entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight. ET Canada airs back-to-back with the American version on most of Global's stations.

ET Canada is hosted by longtime Global Toronto entertainment host Cheryl Hickey. Reporters associated with the program include Roz Weston, Sangita Patel, Matte Babel, Paul McGuire, and Carlos Bustamante.

Entertainment Tonight UK

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The British version airs in a weekly hour-long slot and places particular emphasis on British-born celebrities now based in Hollywood 1, though the show also recycles some content from the US version.

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On 19 October 2012 at around 2300 UTC, Intelsat 8 took over broadcasting Intelsat 5's television channels which include Australia Network and regular feeds of Entertainment Tonight and The Wall Street Journal Report available via a two-meter dish at 4.1 GHz horizontal 26.48 MBd QPSK 3/4.

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Julie Moran

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Mary Hart

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Miss America 1993

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Top 10 finalist Robin Meade of Ohio is currently a news anchor on the HLN television network program Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Nancy O'Dell

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Nischelle Turner

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Rocsi Diaz

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When it became a separate program, it shifted toward a tabloid direction, and had several format changes through its thirteen seasons on the air before settling on a final format at the start of the 2011–12 season, when shed many of the tabloid elements and became more of a straight rundown of entertainment news, providing coverage of events and celebrities, interviews and inside looks at upcoming film and television projects.

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