'Entertainment Tonight' Promotes Kevin Frazier to Co-Host
Kevin Frazier is jumping from The Insider to be co-host of Entertainment Tonight alongside Nancy O’Dell, the show’s executive producer Brad Bessey announced Wednesday.
Louis Aguirre, who has been an anchor in Miami, will now take over as co-host of The Insider, the companion show to E.T. under the CBS Television Distribution banner.
“Kevin lives and breathes entertainment news,” Bessey said in a statement. “He is the ultimate professional and has a phenomenal relationship with Nancy. When searching for a new co-anchor, we realized Kev, who gives 110 percent every day, is the perfect fit.”
Frazier, who is bidding for the title of busiest man in show business, replaces Rob Marciano, who in July left to join ABC News and Good Morning America delivering the weather in his role as a senior meteorologist.
Frazier, meanwhile, will continue to anchor college football broadcasts on FX and Fox Sports Network, and also appear on SportsNet for Time Warner Cable.
Frazier also hosts Game Changers With Kevin Frazier, which airs on CBS on Saturday mornings as part of a programming bloc aimed at 13- to 16-year-old viewers.
Frazier has also emceed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast for CBS and hosts CNET’s online series Hooked Up, where celebrities talk about high-tech gadgets.
Frazier joined E.T. in 2004 after being host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, NBA Shoot Around and NBA Fastbreak. He has also worked for FX Network as co-host of The FX Sports Show and hosted pregame NFL, NHL and college football for Fox.
Aguirre most recently was co-anchor for Deco Drive, an entertainment show in Miami on WSVN. He began his career at Telemundo in 1989 as a Spanish-language reporter. He then moved to WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, as a reporter and weekend anchor.
In 1994, he moved to L.A. to be a correspondent for Extra, and later served as a correspondent for A Current Affair. He also was co-host on Fox News' morning show Fox & Friends before returning to South Florida.
Entertainment Tonight has been the longtime leader among entertainment news magazine shows in the ratings. In the most recent national syndication rankings, E.T. had a 2.9 household rating and a 0.9 rating among adults 18 to 49. It had a 1.6 rating among women 25 to 54, and averaged about 4.2 million total viewers a day over age 2.
In April, Bessey replaced Linda Bell Blue as the executive producer of E.T. and The Insider, both of which are distributed by CBS Television Distribution.