Hart keeping 'best' job with new 'ET' deal


Mary Hart has signed a new multiyear contract to continue anchoring CBS Paramount Domestic Television's syndicated newsmagazine "Entertainment Tonight."

Hart began her 25th season as anchor of the top-rated newsmagazine Sept. 5. She was named co-host of "ET" on Aug. 9, 1982 -- less than two months after joining the show as a correspondent on June 24 of that year.

"At this point, 'ET' and Mary Hart are synonymous," CBS Television Distribution Group CEO Roger King said. "She is as enthusiastic today as she was 25 years ago when she joined 'ET' and created a television icon together. Mary is one of the premier talents of our business."

"ET," which launched Sept. 14, 1981, has been the No. 1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine for nearly 1,300 consecutive weeks. It averaged a 5.1 household rating for the week ending Sept. 24, the most recent seven-day frame for which Nielsen Media Research data is available.

"Mary's exceptional journalism has been a driving force behind the continued success of 'Entertainment Tonight,'" said Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of "ET."

Hart praised the "ET" team, adding, "After 25 years, I still feel like I have the best job in the business."