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November 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The decision to install former Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O’Dell as the new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight has riled not only The Insider host Lara Spencer, who reportedly had been promised the job after Mary Hart stepped down but also Linda Bell Blue, the executive producer of both Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. According to today’s (Wednesday) New York Post, which cited unnamed sources, Bell Blue had “turned thumbs down on O’Dell months ago,” which prompted O’Dell’s agent, John Ferriter, to go over her head to CBS chief Les Moonves. (Both Entertainment Tonight, which focuses on movies and film celebrities, and The Insider, an ET spinoff that focuses on tabloid fare, are produced and syndicated by CBS Television Distribution.) Moonves, the Post indicated, made the ultimate choice to go with O’Dell. According to the Post, Spencer had been coaxed to move her family to Los Angeles two years ago with the promise that she would eventually inherit Hart’s job.