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‘ET’ releases three reporters

Burbano, Canning, Wragge free from highest-rated program in genre

With contract renewal season in full swing, “Entertainment Tonight” reporters Lisa Canning, Chris Wragge and Mindy Burbano have been released from Paramount’s long-running TV mag.

There is no word on where the former correspondents will head.

Canning joined “Entertainment Tonight” as a correspondent on Jan. 4, 1996, while co-hosting Rick Dees’ latenight talkshow, “Into the Night.” She has also appeared in Miramax’s “Scream” and on ABC’s “General Hospital” and NBC’s “Veronica’s Closet.”

Wragge moved to “Entertainment Tonight” in July 1996 after serving as weekend sports anchor and reporter for NBC affil WVIT-TV in Hartford, Conn.

The show’s most recent recruit, Burbano joined “Entertainment Tonight” on Jan. 1 after serving as entertainment reporter for “Good Day Oregon,” at UPN affiliate KPTV in Portland. Burbano first came to television with a repertoire of vocal sound effects on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as the Rooster Lady.

Now in its 18th season and averaging a 5.8 for the year, the show is the highest-rated program in its genre, with a rating 57% higher than its closest competitor.

Paramount had no comment.

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