30th season will be the last for ET's Mary Hart

Thu Aug 5, 2010 3:20pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After 29 years as a host, Mary Hart is saying goodbye to the "Entertainment Tonight" celebrity news television show when it wraps up its 30th season that starts this fall.

"I've reached a point when I clearly realize it's time for a change. There are many things I want to do in my life and I'd better get on with them," the popular TV host said in a statement on Thursday.

The final season kicks off September 13. The syndicated magazine show has not decided who will take over Hart's hosting duties.

Executive Producer Linda Bell Blue said in the statement that "right now we are focused on making this next season the very best in her (Hart's) long history with ET."

"Entertainment Tonight" is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

(Reporting by Carolina Madrid; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)