While the search is on for Bessey’s replacement, Rick Joyce will take the position of executive producer. Joyce was brought on to “ET” in April of this year as co-exec producer, working alongside Bessey.
Sources say Bessey’s contract was not renewed for the upcoming season, which kicks off in September. Insiders say the split was amicable, and Bessey is pursuing other opportunities.
“Entertainment Tonight,” produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution, remains syndication’s top-rated newsmagazine strip with an average of 4.6 million viewers for the season to date. But ratings in key categories are down for the season overall, which prompted CTD to make the change at the top.