Entertainment Tonight has named Emmy Award-winning journalist Nischelle Turner as its nightly co-host alongside Kevin Frazier.
ET made the announcement Thursday, saying Turner hopes to bring new energy to the show through her friendship with Frazier.
“Our chemistry is natural, it’s real. It’s nothing forced or manufactured. I think our viewers see that and they respond to it,” Turner said in a statement. “For him and I, it’s nothing really different. It’s just the conversations we have every day in our offices are what we’re bringing now to television. We’re just really, really excited about that.”
The longtime entertainment journalist will become the first Black woman to host the nightly broadcast in ET‘s 40-year history.
“Being the first woman of color to anchor this show and follow in the footsteps of Mary Hart and Nancy O’Dell, those are big shoes to fill,” Turner said about the show’s previous co-hosts. “They’re even bigger shoes to fill when I look at the legacy of Black women in this business who have paved the way for me.”
Turner posted the news on her Instagram account and thanked women such as Oprah Winfrey, Jemele Hill, NBC Los Angeles television reporter Beverly White, Mary Hart and Nancy O’Dell for being “excellence personified” and “setting the table” for her to become the first Black woman to anchor ET.
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“My gratitude is deep and my commitment to representing is strong. I’m gonna flood your timeline today cause the thank you’s will continue,” she captioned the post.
Turner first joined the entertainment news show as a correspondent in 2014 and has worked her way up to become the show’s weekend co-host. She recently hosted the show’s Golden Globes coverage with Frazier.