Last month, Maria Menounos left a three-year gig at Entertainment Tonight to serve as both a special correspondent for Access Hollywood and a contributor to NBC's Today. What's it all mean? The 27-year-old Greek goddess found a few minutes between her new jobs to speak with TVGuide.com about the move and to weigh in on a watershed day in infotainment history.
TVGuide.com: When you were in the 1996 Miss Teen USA pageant, you told host Bob Goen that when you "grew up," you wanted to work with him on ET — and your wish came true. Kinda wishing now you'd aimed for world peace?Maria Menounos: That and a pu
In what I can only guess is considered some sort of career move — assuming, that is, that the two shows are not one and the same — former Entertainment Tonight reporter Maria Menounous has taken a job as a special correspondent for Access Hollywood. As part of the deal, Menounous (which, by the way, is Greek for "miniskirt fanatic") will also serve as a contributor for NBC's Today.
American Pie actress Natasha Lyonne is fighting for her life in a Manhattan hospital, per Access Hollywood. Lyonne is said to be suffering from hepatitis C and a collapsed lung.
Question: Do you have any new scoop on the rumor that Kelly Monaco is leaving General Hospital for Desperate Housewives?
Answer: It's not true. Marc Cherry told us so himself last month. "I was asked by Access Hollywood about that, and I responded politely because I have never entertained the idea, and I don't know Kelly's work," he explained to my colleague, Bruce Fretts. "So when they asked, 'Is it going to happen?' I didn't want to say, 'Absolutely not.' That would have been rude. [Kelly is] probably a fine actress. I just don't have any plans to u
After seven years at Access Hollywood, Pat O'Brien has taken his hypester act over to Entertainment Tonight's new spin-off, The Insider (debuting tonight; check TV Guide listings). The professional schmoozer took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to give us the scoop on the new gig, his ugly split with Access and a certain farewell e-mail that got leaked to the New York Post.
TV Guide Online: How will The Insider be different than, say, the 78 other ET clones on the air?Pat O'Brien: A four-letter word: Time. We'll have more time to do things. Entertainment Tonight will be the record of the day and we'll be able to fill in a lot of blanks.
TVGO: Conventional wisdom says that viewers' attention spans are decreasing, though.O'Brien: But their appetite for celebrity news is not. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think it would work.
TVGO: What's the