Mary Hart & ‘ET’
May 20, 2011 by Post Team
Mary Hart & ‘ET’, The list of TV personalities who seem to stretch out every day: Oprah Winfrey, Regis Philbin, Larry King, Katie Couric, Jim Lehrer, Meredith Vieira. Do not overlook Mary Hart, whose latest “Entertainment Tonight” broadcast airs at 6:30 on May 20, WBBM-Channel 2. Celebrities and entertainment coverage has changed dramatically since he began anchoring the show in its first year in 1982. It was the first syndicated weekday news show dedicated exclusively to the show when it started, and has remained at the top of the ratings as did similar shows. And “ET” as it is affectionately known, remains one of the main sources of celebrity news among many other programs, websites, magazines and news agencies covering the subject now.
“She will be missed,” said Bill Carroll, an expert on the syndicated television market for Katz Media. “She has become an icon.”
Hart earned a hug from David Letterman and her own “Late Show” Top Ten list last week: “Things Mary Hart has learned in 29 years of hosting” Entertainment Tonight ‘. ” (No. 4: “Tom Hanks is a total loser”. Because the camera ribbon cutting Hanks stunned No. 1 was: “Nothing.”)
Hart, a former Miss South Dakota and now 60, has worked with five male colleagues hosts, especially John Tesh and now Mark Steines. Nancy O’Dell for a replacement.
“I had been thinking about this for a long time knowing it would be difficult, and it is difficult,” said Hart. “It’s a strange feeling knowing that I’m doing a final show and actually say goodbye in the air. It makes me very emotional, sometimes.”
Hart said she never intended to be in the long program, but he liked the people I worked and was a good job with her and her marriage with producer Burt Sugarman, and her son.
Now, he said, “If I do something else, I have to do now. I can not wait” She is not sure what we do. – That could include television, maybe not.
“When I look back and see the dominance of reality television and all these types of shows, which makes me think that they want to be on TV more,” he said.
Hart is proud of its status as a pioneer of its program and its ability to stay on top, and suggests that it is not as fluffy as some critics assume it to be.
She also knows what shows like hers have wrought.
“I think that celebrities are not as close as they used to be, because they are thrown in all directions,” he said. The Internet has loosened the rules on reporting and verification, he said, adding a mess in tone. “Entertainment Tonight” had its own problems for three years after the filing of false reports that Angelina Jolie had given birth to twins despite being, said the report was a hoax.
Then there was the frenzy around sad Charlie Sheen.
“Do not even go after an interview with Charlie Sheen,” he said. “I had to do it. He was everywhere.”
Two of the stories that stick to Hart personally through the years have been perfect fodder for “Entertainment Tonight”: The million-dollar legs, and the strange 1991 incident in a medical journal reported that the sound of the voice Hart provoked seizures in an epileptic woman who inspired a “Seinfeld” episode.
Take the legs – so impressive that “Entertainment Tonight” placed behind a glass desk with special lighting so that viewers do not lack.
“When I’m in pants and walk through a hotel lobby, people would say, ‘Why do not you show your legs?” He said. “It’s a bit shocking. Still, I get a kick out of it. I can not take offense. I have nothing to complain about.”
Time at work has given Hart a perspective that few can claim in your field.
“I’ve seen people’s attitudes to be humble and swell and contract to race again because everyone has an ebb and flow to it,” he said. “Thirty years ago you really see that.”
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