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Entertainment Tonight
Created byAl Masini
Presented by
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons43
No. of episodes13,146 (as of September 10, 2023; 10,955 weekdays; 2,191 weekend)
Executive producers
  • Brad Bessey (2014–2016)
  • Rick Joyce (2016)
  • Sharon Hoffman (2016–2019)
  • Erin Johnson (2019–present)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 22 minutes (weekday edition)
  • 44 minutes (weekend edition)
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 14, 1981 (1981-09-14) –
The Insider

Entertainment Tonight (or simply ET) is an American first-run syndicated news broadcasting newsmagazine program that is distributed by CBS Media Ventures throughout the United States and owned by Paramount Streaming. Having premiered on September 14, 1981, it holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running entertainment news program on television.[1]

International versions of the show are distributed by CBS Studios International.



The format of the program is composed of stories of interest from throughout the entertainment industry, exclusive set visits, first looks at upcoming film and television projects, and one-on-one interviews with actors, musicians and other entertainment personalities and newsmakers.

Logo used until 2014; all on-air logos used since 1994 are based on the "E" and "T" in "Entertainment" seen in the original 1981 logo, but have solely used the abbreviated "ET" name

A one-hour weekend edition, ET Weekend (known as Entertainment This Week until September 1991), originally offered a recap of the week's entertainment news, with most or all episodes later transitioning to center (either primarily or exclusively) around some sort of special theme; though the weekend edition now utilizes either format depending on the episode, most commonly, the format of those broadcasts consists of replays of stories that were shown during the previous week's editions.

ET Radio Minute, a daily radio feature, is syndicated by Westwood One.

As of 2021, the program's weekday broadcasts are anchored by Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner, while the weekend editions are anchored by Rachael Smith.



In its early years from its September 1981 inception, Entertainment Tonight–following a local newscast-style format–consisted primarily of coverage of the latest movies, music and television releases and projects.

They signed an exclusive agreement to cover the wedding of convicted child molester Mary Kay Letourneau, who married the student she had an affair with, Vili Fualaau;[2] and attorney Howard K. Stern, who represented Daniel Birkhead in the Dannielynn Birkhead paternity case of the late Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn.[3][4] ET aired exclusive stories related to Smith, including coverage of her funeral, and her surviving daughter.[5]

In 1993, Entertainment Tonight had coverage of the premiere of "Emissary", the debut episode "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine".[6] The premiere was the highest rated of syndicated series in television history.[6]

In 1996, actor George Clooney decided to boycott Entertainment Tonight to protest the presence of intrusive paparazzi after Hard Copy did an exposé about his love life, violating an agreement that he had with Paramount, which produced and syndicated both shows.[7] In a letter he sent to Paramount, Clooney stated that he would encourage his friends to do the same.[8]

On September 8, 2008, Entertainment Tonight began broadcasting in high-definition television; concurrently, the program moved its production and studio operations from its longtime home at Stage 28 on the Paramount Pictures studio lot to Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center, one of the final steps involving the incorporation of Paramount's former syndication arm, Paramount Domestic Television, into CBS' distribution arms and the adoption of the then-new CBS Television Distribution name, which all took place following the breakup of CBS and the original Viacom into separate companies in December 2005.[9]

After pressure via a social media campaign by actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, ET announced in February 2014 that it would no longer accept footage or pictures of the children of celebrities from paparazzi photographers.[10]

In January 2020, Entertainment Tonight set the Guinness World Record for the longest-running entertainment news show on TV.[1]

ET Live


In November 2018, CBS launched a free, 24-hour over-the-top streaming service known as ET Live; it features the correspondents from the linear show with expanded coverage of entertainment news. It is available via web browsers, apps, and most recently, the free streaming service Pluto TV (which added ET Live to its channel lineup in November 2019).[11][12]



In July 2022, it was announced that the service would be rebranded as Mixible, and continue to air a mixture of entertainment, lifestyle, and pop culture-related programming (including ET's The Download), but with expanded contributions from other Paramount Global properties such as MTV, VH1, Awesomeness, ComicBook.com, Inside Edition, and The Drew Barrymore Show.[13]

On-air staff


Current on-air staff



  • Kevin Frazier – weekday co-anchor (2014–present; previously served as weekend co-anchor/correspondent from 2004 to 2011/2014–2023)
  • Nischelle Turner – weekday co-anchor (2021–present; previously served as correspondent/substitute weekday anchor from 2014 to 2021 and weekend co-anchor 2021-2023)


  • Brooke Anderson – contributor/substitute weekday anchor (2019–present; previously served as substitute weekday anchor/correspondent from 2013 to 2015 and as contributor from 2015 to 2018)
  • Deidre Behar – correspondent
  • Ash Crossan – correspondent
  • Cassie DiLaura – correspondent (2022—present)
  • Denny Directo – correspondent (2022—present)
  • Brice Sander – correspondent
  • Rachel Smith – weekend anchor/correspondent (2019–present)

Former on-air staff




As of 2007, despite competition from The Insider and even the more general-focus newsmagazine Inside Edition, both also produced by CBS Television Distribution, Entertainment Tonight remained among the ten highest-rated syndicated programs, according to Nielsen ratings weekly ratings. During the 2007–08 season, the program's daytime ratings fluctuated between fourth and fifth place due to competition from fellow CBS-syndicated program Judge Judy.[14]

International versions


The international rights are distributed by CBS Studios International.[15][16][17]

Country/language Local title Host Channel Date aired/premiered
 Arab World ET bel Arabi Mariam Saïd (ar)
Badr Al Zaidan (ar)
Nadrin Faraj (ar)
Shahad Ballan
Aline Watfa(ar)
Bassel Alzaro
MBC Masr 2
MBC Group
January 4, 2015
 Brazil TV Fama Nelson Rubens
Flávia Noronha
RedeTV! November 15, 2000
 Canada (in English) Entertainment Tonight Canada Cheryl Hickey
Roz Weston
Sangita Patel
Carlos Bustamante
Keshia Chanté
Global September 12, 2005
 Thailand ET Thailand (Entertainment Tonight Thailand) ET Thailand Entertainment Tonight Thailand PPTV HD
Thairath TV
March 12, 2018
 Jordan ET بالعربي Jordan Rania Mazbouh (ar)
Amro Jabri (ar)
Roya TV[18] June 25, 2021
 France Exclusif Thierry Clopeau
Frédéric Joly
Valérie Bénaïm
Flavie Flament
Emmanuelle Gaume
TF1 May 18, 1998
 United Kingdom Entertainment Tonight UK Amanda Byram Sky One January 2005


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  5. ^ "On the Heels of Anna Nicole's Death, Tragedy at The Insider". Jossip. February 8, 2007. Archived from the original on February 14, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
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  8. ^ "CLOONEY TUNE:THE 'ER' STAR TAKES ON TABLOID TV". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. November 8, 1996. Archived from the original on March 26, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
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