'Entertainment Tonight' Co-Executive Producer Out After Eight Months (Exclusive)
Heidi Clements, co-executive producer of syndication veteran Entertainment Tonight and the right-hand to powerhouse executive producer Linda Bell Blue, is leaving the show after eight months on the job.
Reps for ET confirmed that Clements, who has held the position since September and has been on vacation since returning to Los Angeles from covering the Royal Wedding in London, would not resume her job. Linda Fuller, a 19-year veteran at ET, will move into the No. 2 position as senior broadcast producer.
Bell Blue and Clements presented the decision as the latter’s choice, as she wants to pursue a career as a writer. Reps for the show denied reports of friction during coverage of Prince William’s April 29 wedding to Kate Middleton.
“Heidi is simply one of the most talented people I know, and my respect for her runs very deep,” Bell Blue said. “I have read some of her scripts, and she has a huge writing career ahead of her. I wish her all the very best.”
Clements had replaced Brad Bessey, who left to run the new CBS daytime chat show The Talk (Bessey has since announced that he will exit that position at the end of this season). She had worked with Bell Blue since 2004, when she joined The Insider, which Bell Blue also oversees.
"While being named co-executive producer of Entertainment Tonight was an honor and will always be a career highlight,” Clements added, “I have decided to leave a dream job and follow my true dream to work in scripted television.”
Her exit comes at a pivotal time for the longest-running entertainment news show on television as it braces for the imminent exit of veteran host Mary Hart, whose last show airs May 20. Hart’s replacement Nancy O’Dell begins May 23.