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Nischelle Turner becomes the 1st Black woman to host ‘Entertainment Tonight’

Nischelle Turner becomes the 1st Black woman to host 'Entertainment Tonight'
Nischelle Turner (Photo credit: / Kathy Hutchins)

Nischelle Turner make history after being named the new co-host of “Entertainment Tonight.” Turner is the first Black woman to lead the show and will host alongside Kevin Frazier. The momentous occasion also marks the first time two African Americans have taken the lead together.

“It means everything to me. Make no mistake about it. I believe and have always believed that I was the best person for the job, but it was never lost on me that it was also bigger than just me. I would be representing an underserved group of people who are finally getting a moment in the spotlight — and a well-deserved moment,” Turner explained to Variety.

Turner also joins a small group of women who have co-hosted the entertainment news show. Mary Hart anchored from 1982-2011 and Nancy O’Dell held the coveted spot from 2011 to 2019.

“Nischelle can do it all. She can go from a heartfelt conversation with Oscar winner Viola Davis about the impact of Cicely Tyson to singing karaoke on a balcony with Jimmy Fallon. She is warm, thoughtful and full of energy. Celebrities respect her skills as a seasoned journalist, and our audience has taken notice of her fun chemistry with Kevin [Frazier]. There is no one more deserving to lead ‘ET’ in our history-making 40th season and beyond,” added ET executive producer Eric Johnson to Variety.

Turner believes America is ready for the change.

“If I’m being honest. there was always a thought in the back of my head, ‘Is the audience in America ready for two Black hosts up there together?’ And the answer that America gave us was ‘Yes.’ We have a genuine chemistry. We both care deeply for each other. We both trust each other, fully and completely to have one another’s back when I’m on that stage. You can’t manufacture that,” she said.

Turner’s career spans more than 20 years and she’s won four Daytime Emmys as an “ET” correspondent and weekend co-host since joining the show in 2014.

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