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Brad Bessey Takes Over ‘Entertainment Tonight’ As Linda Bell Blue Departs

The Insider” exec producer Brad Bessey is returning to “Entertainment Tonight” in a newly expanded role overseeing both CBS TV Distribution entertainment newsmags.

At “ET,” Bessey will take the reins of the top-rated syndie newsmag from DJ Petroro, who is leaving the show. Bessey’s appointment comes in preparation for longtime “ET” and “Insider steward Linda Bell Blue to step down and move into a new role overseeing the ET Studios production arm.

“Brad knows ‘ET’ inside and out and is the perfect person to continue to grow the brand and keep the show on top,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, CTD president of creative affairs said. “He’s got a great vision and the leadership skills to oversee both ‘ET’ and ‘The Insider’ and to maximize the extraordinary talent, staffs and resources of both shows.”

Bessey has been exec producer of “The Insider” since 2012 and was part of the show’s launch team in 2004, when he served as a consultant to the show while working on “ET.” He joined “ET” in 1995 and left in 2010 to become exec producer of CBS’ “The Talk.”

Linda Fuller, an “ET” staffer since 1989, also remains an exec producer of “ET.” At “Insider,” Bessey will get an assist from Monique Chenault, who has been named co-exec producer. She comes to the show after exec producing numerous specials for BET, and before that, she spent eight years with NBCUniversal’s “ET” rival “Access Hollywood.”

“ ‘Entertainment Tonight’ is a brand I love that has innovation and leadership in its DNA. With my return, I am focused on evolving the brand, with a staff I believe, along with the team at ‘The Insider,’ is the best in the industry,” Bessey said.

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