Mary Hart Exiting Entertainment Tonight

Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, who joined the veteran CBS Television Distribution newsmagazine in 1982, will call it quits after the upcoming 30th season, which begins on Sept. 13, 2010.  

“I’ve had the privilege of spending 29 years doing something I love—how often does that happen?,” said Hart in a prepared statement. “I’ve had the support of a stupendous group of people starting with Linda Bell Blue, John Nogawski and many others who are so talented on our staff at ET. I only meant to be at ET for three years, suddenly it’s almost 30!  I’ve reached a point when I clearly realize it’s time for a change. There are many things I want to do in my life and I’d better get on with them. It will certainly be with mixed sentiments that I say ‘goodbye’ at the end of the season, but it will definitely be with a sense of celebration.”

There is no word at present who will fill Hart’s shoes in September 2011.