Nancy O'Dell Announces Departure from 'Access Hollywood'

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Dec. 17 2009, Published 11:45 a.m. ET

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One of TV's most familiar faces will soon be departing her long-time position, as Nancy O'Dell announces she'll be leaving Access Hollywood after 13 years interviewing celebrities and bringing entertainment stories to homes across the country.

A statement issued on Nancy's behalf says the entertainment journalist is ready to move on to the next chapter of her career, with NBC's cooperation.

"Even though she will be leaving for a new opportunity, this decision is based solely on Nancy’s desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable," the statement reads. "She will continue on with projects as a broadcast entertainment journalist. Having been at Access Hollywood from day one of the show, this has been an incredibly tough decision for O’Dell. She will miss her Access Hollywood family, but looks forward to still seeing them all on the red carpet. O’Dell will be saying goodbye this week, but she will see everyone on New Year’s Day as she hosts the ‘Tournament of Roses Parade’ live on NBC for the ninth consecutive year.”

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