The Insider (TV series)

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The Insider
The Insider Series Logo.png
Also known as omg! Insider (2013–2014)
Presented by Louis Aguirre (2014–present)
Debbie Matenopoulos (2015–present)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 3,221 (as of December 19, 2014 - 2,685 weekdays, 536 weekend)
Executive producer(s) Brad Bessey, Monique Chenault
Camera setup multi-camera
Running time 21 minutes (weekdays)
44 minutes (weekend)
Production company(s) Paramount Television (2004-2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006-2009, uncredited after 2007)
CBS Television Studios (2009-present, uncredited)
Distributor Paramount Domestic Television (2004-2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
Original network Syndication
Picture format 2004-2008:
NTSC 480i
HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release September 13, 2004 (2004-09-13) – present
Related shows Entertainment Tonight
External links

The Insider (formerly named omg! Insider) is an American entertainment news program covering events and celebrities. It debuted on September 13, 2004 as a spinoff of Entertainment Tonight and started as a popular segment that took viewers "behind closed doors" and gave them "inside" information. Since becoming a separate program, it took a tabloid direction, and has gone through several formats since its 2004 premiere, though since the start of the 2011-12 season it has lost many of the tabloid elements and become more of a straight rundown of entertainment news.

The original theme song (which was changed after the second season, coinciding with a change in distributors) was performed by Richie Sambora.

On January 7, 2013, The Insider changed its name to omg! Insider.[1]

On New Years Day 2014, executive producer Brad Bessey announced in a Facebook video the show would return to its original title on January 6 while retaining all other elements.


The series was initially hosted by Pat O'Brien in Hollywood on the ET Paramount Studios Stage 28 set with Lara Spencer in New York in MTV's 1515 Broadway studio overlooking Times Square. O' Brien remained a host up until March 5, 2008 when O'Brien was replaced with Donny Osmond. O'Brien returned to the series a month later after Osmond declined to become a permanent host. Spencer through the years was a solo host due at times to O'Brien's varied personal problems which forced him to take time off in extended periods to address them.

The program has gone through several formats through the years, with the news-heavy first season making way for a direction where subjects such as a pair of Australian anorexic twins (who died in an April 2012 house fire[2]) were regularly featured in sweeps periods, along with other fringe stories such as true crime stories and the Nadya Suleman octuplets story which had little or nothing to do with entertainment.

In September 2007, CBS Television Distribution moved the show, for its fourth season, to New York. Formerly Los Angeles-based O'Brien joined Spencer in a new Manhattan studio. The duo hosted from studio space within Minskoff Theatre in Manhattan, home of the musical The Lion King, which has unobstructed views of Times Square, nearby the MTV studio facilities and also within One Astor Plaza.

On September 8, 2008, the program began to air in high definition with the move of both ET and The Insider from Stage 28 to Stage 4 at the CBS Studio Center as a final consequence of the 2006 split of Viacom and CBS.[3] The set's focal point was a large life-size 3D construction of the program's logo, which was formerly used as the main portion of the set where segments took place until the September 2009 retooling of the program into a panel show. The New York aspect of the program was also abandoned, with Spencer relocating to Los Angeles and becoming a solo host, along with Victoria Recano, Steven Cojocaru and Cheryl Woodcock.

In the move, O'Brien became a Los Angeles-based correspondent for the program,[4] but ten days later on September 18, was dismissed permanently from the program for comments he made in a staff email after a trip to Iowa, where he directed comments specifically at a mid-show daily segment of Spencer's which launched when the new season started. O'Brien proceeded to involve a rundown of the prices and labels of her clothing and accessories, saying that it made the viewers he talked to "vomit".[5] Despite this pointed criticism the segment remained and continued to air at the end of every episode until Spencer's departure, expanding to the point where viewers made a multiple choice on what Spencer would wear on the next episode.

After the departure of O'Brien, the show was hosted by Spencer alone until January 2009, when Samantha Harris joined the program from E! News as a permanent co-host. Harris also provided analysis and commentary as part of her duties as co-host of ABC's Dancing with the Stars until her departure from that series at the start of 2010.

It was announced in December 2012, that CBS Television Distribution inked a deal with Yahoo!'s omg! celebrity/gossip news division; the program changed its title from The Insider to omg! Insider by January 7, 2013.[1] The show was reinstated back to its original name on January 6, 2014, commiserate with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's rebranding of some of Yahoo's brands, including "omg!" to "Yahoo Celebrity"; both entities continue to share stories and content with each other.

Changes in format[edit]

During September 2009, the program converted to a panel format, featuring a roundtable discussion and debate format (similar to Pardon the Interruption or the "Hot Topics" segment of The View) with three permanent co-hosts and a guest host discussing entertainment topics, although that was also changed to Niecy Nash becoming a fourth de facto host and a rotating fifth guest host slot. This meant that the on-air correspondents were dismissed and stories were compiled by Entertainment Tonight staff or off-camera personnel.

The format was changed once again in September 2010 back to a traditional entertainment newsmagazine format with Spencer and Chris Jacobs co-hosting; currently the program runs second-to-last in syndicated newsmagazines ratings wise behind Extra. Industry analysts had surmised that the change was a precursor to testing Spencer in the traditional ET format without placing her on that show, as current ET female host Mary Hart was to retire from that series at the end of the 2010-11 season; however, Nancy O'Dell succeeded Hart as female anchor at the end of May 2011.

2011 hosting changes[edit]

On March 5, 2011, it was announced that Kevin Frazier was named co-anchor of the program, replacing Jacobs, who moved to correspondent duties for ET.[6] Twelve days later on March 17, it was announced that Spencer would leave the program by the start of May to become the lifestyle anchor for Good Morning America[7] Spencer was replaced by Brooke Anderson, a co-host on HLN's Showbiz Tonight. During the week of the royal wedding, Anderson split her reporting duties between CNN and The Insider.[8] Since the beginning of September 2011, the program has been refocused more as a straight entertainment news show, and many of the tabloid elements of the Spencer/O'Brien era have been removed, with the program's website being refocused to be more of a straight competitor to TMZ.

2014 hosting changes[edit]

Kevin Frazier departed The Insider to co-anchor the weekday edition of Entertainment Tonight, of which he previously was the weekend anchor. He was replaced in early September with Louis Aguirre.[9]

2015 hosting changes[edit]

On June 16, 2015, The Wrap reported that special correspondent Debbie Matenopoulos would replace Thea Andrews as a co-host of The Insider, effective July 6.[10]

Syndication model[edit]

It is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution, often as half of a one-hour news block that includes the show from which it was spun off, Entertainment Tonight.

There were formerly three different versions of the show — a standalone episode not featuring any tie-ins to Entertainment Tonight for stations which do not carry the latter program, and two other versions designed to precede or follow ET with stories from that show mentioned in promotions and vice versa. Since 2009, the only version produced and distributed is the standalone version as carriage of The Insider outside of primary markets has been reduced to lower-tier stations and timeslots which do not carry ET, making complimentary coverage between the two shows impossible.

On-air staff[edit]





International carriage[edit]

The show currently airs on India's Big CBS Love, the Philippines' ETC and the Middle East & North Africa' MBC 4 after Entertainment Tonight.

Australia's Network Ten removed the show from their schedule on November 1, 2013, which had aired a day behind the US broadcast alongside Entertainment Tonight in the morning and re-run on Eleven after midnight. Also the show no longer airs on Foxtel's pay TV channel Arena and Canada's CHCH-TV.


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "'The Insider' Signs Deal With Yahoo's Omg!, WIll Be Renamed 'Omg! Insider'". Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Anorexic twins die in house fire". Geelong Advertiser. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Breaking News — Entertainment Tonight and the Insider Move Headquarters to Brand New State of the Art Soundstages at CBS Studio Center". 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  4. ^ Dempsey, John (2008-06-08). "Lara Spencer anchors 'Insider' - Entertainment News, TV News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Pat O'Brien Fired From "The Insider" Over Staff E-Mail". 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Breaking News — Kevin Frazier Named Co-Anchor of "The Insider"". 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Lara Spencer Leaving ‘The Insider' for ‘GMA' - 2011-03-17 14:50:24 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Brooke Anderson Named Co-Anchor of 'The Insider'". 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  9. ^ Ben Block, Alex (August 20, 2014). "'Entertainment Tonight' Promotes Kevin Frazier to Co-Host". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Donnelly, Matt (June 16, 2015). "Debbie Matenopoulos to Replace Thea Andrews as Co-Host of ‘The Insider’ (Exclusive)". Retrieved July 15, 2015. 

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