Devon to anchor the show in May, could become host
“Extra” anchor Leeza Gibbons, who had already cut back her appearances on the syndie newsmag strip, now seems poised to ankle the show entirely.
For the past year or so, Gibbons had been anchoring only during sweeps months. She had asked for the reduced workload in order to “spend more time on her charitable efforts and producing projects,” said a rep for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which produces “Extra.”
Gibbons recently asked producers to also take off the May ratings book, citing personal and professional commitments, including the launch of her Memory Foundation and a Florida conference on Alzheimer’s disease taking place this week.
“My priority has always been launching the foundation,” Gibbons said. “I promised my mother (who has Alzheimer’s) I’d do that.”
No official decision has been made as to Gibbons’ long-term future with “Extra,” but the host’s deal is up this summer and it’s unlikely she’ll return as anchor. The WBDTD rep said the studio and Gibbons will “sit down this summer” to discuss Gibbons’ future.
“I’m totally open about any conversations they want to have about my role on the show,” Gibbons added.
Dayna Devon, who has been hosting “Extra” during non-sweeps months, will anchor the show in May and is a contender to replace Gibbons full-time, though no decisions have been made.
Gibbons, repped by WMA, remains active as a producer via her Leeza Gibbons Enterprises shingle. Current projects include E!’s Michael Essany gabber/reality skein and finding a TV home for “Retro Bill,” a kids franchise Gibbons is hoping to set up at a TV outlet soon.
In addition, she continues to host syndie radio skein “Hollywood Confidential,” which airs in 150 markets.