Former Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell has joined Meredith’s new magazine strip, People (the TV Show!), which premieres on Meredith-owned TV stations in 12 markets on Monday, Sept. 14. O’Dell’s first exclusive with Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood will air as a two-part special on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15.
O’Dell is reuniting with Rob Silverstein at People. O’Dell co-hosted NBCUniversal's Access Hollywood with Billy Bush for 13 years while Silverstein executive produced. She departed Access Hollywood in 2009. In January 2011, she was named co-host of CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight, which she left in 2019.
“In her many years of covering entertainment news, and in the many years Nancy and I have worked together, I have witnessed how she has established trust and an incredible rapport with many A-list celebrities,” said Silverstein in a statement. “Nancy brings credibility, honesty, and authenticity – all primary characteristics she shares with the beloved People brand.”
Meredith took over ownership of People as part of its acquisition of Time Inc. in early 2018.
"After taking a personal break, I am excited to have found the perfect brand, colleagues, and opportunity with People (the TV Show!) – it just doesn’t get any bigger or more reputable than People,” said O’Dell, also in a statement.
People (the TV Show!) will be hosted by Kay Adams and Lawrence K. Jackson with contributors Jeremy Parsons and Sandra Vergara.
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Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.