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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Linda Bell Blue
    Executive producer, 'Entertainment Tonight,' 'omg! Insider'

    At a time when celebrity news and gossip is ubiquitous and commoditized, Blue’s flagship broadcast, Entertainment Tonight, continues to set the standard for infotainment TV. In its 32nd season — ET marked its 8,000th episode in May — it has remained the top-rated syndicated program for 86 consecutive sweep periods thanks to major gets like host Nancy O’Dell’s Nov. 1 exclusive sitdown with reunited real-life couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson of Twilight. “ET has never, ever lost that leadership position,” says Blue, 56. And on Jan. 7, The Insider will flick the switch on the rebranded omg! Insider, an online and on-air collaboration with Yahoo’s popular omg! entertainment news site.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I was in high school, and I was watching Mary Tyler Moore and wondering, “How do you get your name on those credits at the end?” That’s when I knew.

    When I leave work, I can’t wait to: Go to hot yoga.

    My indulgence: Bread. It’s the worst thing in the world to eat. But I love it.

    Can’t get through my workday without: Iced tea. I should have an IV with iced tea in it.

    Proudest moment this year: When I convinced will.i.am to re-orchestrate our theme song. He was very reverent about ET; he used to watch it with his mother when he was growing up.

    What I’d tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: “This is a very mean town full of opportunity and failure. And you’ve got to work harder than anybody else.”

    When my relatives are confused about what I do, I tell them: I get up at 4 o’clock in the morning. Yes, I do get to go the Oscars and the Grammys and the Emmys. But what I do every day is most unglamorous.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. It is my husband’s favorite show.

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