Beloved celebrity interviewer Mary Hart said farewell to “Entertainment Tonight” Friday, surrounded by her past and present co-hosts.
Hart, 60, was the undisputed queen of the early-evening entertainment shows, virtually inventing the role of the star-struck entertainment-news anchorwoman who reported on new movies, TV shows and celebrities in the news with unabashed enthusiasm.
She was co-host of “Entertainment Tonight” for 29 years until signing off on Friday –joined on-stage by her four co-hosts: Bob Goen, John Tesh, Robb Weller and Mark Steines (who’s staying on the show with incoming co-anchor Nancy O’Dell).
Tesh emceed the special half-hour edition of “ET,” which you can watch in its entirety here on the “ET” Web site. It was styled as an all-star salute to Hart. Among the stars seen on film wishing her good luck were Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Diana Ross and many others. “You are an American treasure,” said Tina Fey.
Among the highlights of the farewell show: A music video produced in Hart’s honor by the “ET” production team, and featuring most, if not all, of the revered show’s 200-some behind-the-scenes staffers.
Natalie Cole surprised Hart by showing up and singing her father Nat King Cole’s most famous song “Unforgettable.” And throughout the show, clips were shown of Hart with virtually everybody who was anybody in Hollywood in her three decades on “ET.”
“I’m completely overwhelmed,” said Hart, who cried — naturally.