Entertainment Tonight Recruits CNN’s Rob Marciano

The venerable news magazine Entertainment Tonight is a little bit like the James Bond movie franchise. No matter who gets plugged into the lead role, the familiar product keeps rolling out as smoothly as when it was Mary Hart and John Tesch.

Per an announcement exclusively tipped this morning to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest look come January will feature current host Nancy O’Dell and the CNN-exiting Rob Marciano. From today’s announcement:

“I am honored to be joining the distinguished and talented team at Entertainment Tonight, all of whom are the gold standard in entertainment journalism,” Marciano said in a statement. “For over 30 years, ET has been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, and to be part of that blue-chip franchise is a dream come true.”

Marciano, a one-time equities trader, started at CNN in 2003. He was instrumental to the network’s coverage of both Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Marciano replaces Mark Steines.

[Photo courtesy: @RobMarcianoCNN]

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