Nancy O'Dell

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Nancy O'Dell
Nancy O'Dell on Olive Coco TV.jpg
Nancy O'Dell on Olive Coco TV in 2011
Born Nancy Evelyn Humphries
(1966-02-25) February 25, 1966 (age 50)
Sumter, South Carolina, U.S.
Education Clemson University
Occupation Television journalist and personality
Notable credit(s) Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight
Home town Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Title Miss South Carolina 1987
  • Richard O'Dell (m. 1995; div. 2004)
  • Keith Zubchevich (m. 2005–16)
Children Ashby Grace Zubchevich

Nancy O'Dell (born Nancy Evelyn Humphries, February 25, 1966)[1] is an American television host and entertainment journalist. She is co-anchor of the syndicated entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight, having joined the show on January 3, 2011.

Early life[edit]

O'Dell was born in Sumter, South Carolina, and moved to Myrtle Beach as an infant. She has one sister. After her 1984 graduation from the now defunct Coastal Academy High School, she graduated with a summa cum laude bachelor's degree in marketing from Clemson University in 1990. At Clemson, O'Dell joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. She won the Miss South Carolina pageant in 1987, and represented the state at Miss America 1988, where she won a preliminary swimsuit award. In 1990, in the Miss South Carolina USA pageant, she finished 1st runner-up to Gina Tolleson, who became the 1st runner up in Miss USA 1990 before winning Miss World that year.


O'Dell began her broadcast career as a reporter and anchor at WPDE-TV in her home town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She later worked as morning news anchor and crime reporter at WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, her reports on the lenient police approach to DUI cases led to a State Law Enforcement Division investigation that resulted in authorities issuing more stringent directive for such cases. She was honored by the Associated Press with the Best Report of the Year Award (all media, South Carolina). In 1993, she joined NBC's WTVJ in Miami, co-anchoring the 5:30 pm news with Jackie Nespral. O'Dell left that station in 1995 to move to Las Vegas with her first husband.[citation needed] There she worked as an entertainment reporter for the nationally syndicated tabloid show A Current Affair until the show ended in 1996.

Access Hollywood (1996–2009)[edit]

O'Dell joined the entertainment news program Access Hollywood when the program debuted in 1996.[2] In addition to her work as Access Hollywood's lead anchor, O'Dell contributed to NBC News's Today and Dateline NBC. She has covered such events as The Oscars, The Emmys, The Grammys, and The Golden Globe Awards, as well as co-hosting a number of pre-shows/arrivals for The Emmys and the Golden Globes.

O'Dell co-hosted the Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions in 2004 and 2005. She co-hosted the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on WNBC from 2004 to 2006. She co-hosted the Miss USA 2006 pageant with Drew Lachey, the Miss Universe 2006 pageant with Carlos Ponce, and the Miss USA 2007 pageant with Tim Vincent.

O'Dell appeared in minor roles in the television series Charmed (season 1 finale and season 5 premiere). She also portrayed herself in Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), and Scream 4 (2011), and served as host and consulting producer of the USA Network talent competition Nashville Star for its first two seasons.

On January 13, 2008, after the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards were canceled as a result of the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, she co-hosted NBC's 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners Special with Access Hollywood co-anchor Billy Bush.

In 2009, O'Dell hosted NBC's pre-show for the 66th Annual Golden Globes with Tiki Barber and Brooke Burke. She portrayed herself in the Hannah Montana season three episode "Cheat It". She also appeared on the Fox sitcom Brothers, and in the same year she and Maria Menounos guest co-hosted WWE Raw on October 12.[3] O'Dell was to participate in the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, but had to withdraw before the season started after injuring her knee during training; her replacement was Melissa Rycroft.[4] O'Dell underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her knee on March 20, 2009.[5]

O'Dell's departure from Access Hollywood was announced in December 2009. She left the show with two years left on her contract.[2]

On June 22, 2010, O'Dell hosted the Nashville Rising concert to provide flood relief for Nashville residents, after the floods in May of that year. She shared hosting duties with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Entertainment Tonight (2011–present)[edit]

On January 3, 2011, O'Dell joined Entertainment Tonight as a special correspondent, and she succeeded Mary Hart as co-anchor after Hart left the show in May 2011. An avid scrapbooker, in 2010 O'Dell partnered with Creative Memories[6] to release her first collection of scrapbooking supplies, the Hummingbird Collection, and her second book, Full of Love: Mom-to-mom Advice for Enriching Families with Simple Photo Albums and Scrapbooking.[7]

Personal life[edit]

O'Dell was married to Dr. Richard O'Dell from September 30, 1995, to November 4, 2004. In 2005, she married Keith Zubchevich, and she is stepmother to his two sons, Tyler and Carson. O'Dell gave birth to their daughter, Ashby Grace, in 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.[8] She said unexpected and surprising changes happened to her body during the pregnancy that prompted her to write a parenting book, Full of Life.[9] She is the Muscular Dystrophy Association's National ALS Ambassador.[citation needed] In September 2016, O'Dell filed for legal separation from Zubchevich, after more than a decade of marriage.[10]

In May 2014, O'Dell received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Clemson University. At the ceremony, she spoke to the rest of the graduates, encouraging them to never give up in pursuing their dreams: "I decided that I would rather fail doing something I enjoyed than be successful doing something that would just be a grind [....] my wish for all of you is that you will do the same. Be who you are because you'll always be right."[11]


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Media offices
Preceded by
Giselle Fernández
Pat O'Brien
Host of Access Hollywood
With: Pat O'Brien (1999–2004)
Billy Bush (2004–2009)
Succeeded by
Billy Bush
Preceded by
Billy Bush
Daisy Fuentes
Miss Universe host
Succeeded by
Mario Lopez
Preceded by
Billy Bush
Daisy Fuentes
Miss USA host
Succeeded by
Donny Osmond
Marie Osmond
Preceded by
Mary Hart
Co-host of Entertainment Tonight
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