Nischelle Turner Named 'Entertainment Tonight' Co-Host, First Black Woman To Anchor

Written by on March 19, 2021

Veteran broadcast journalist Nischelle Turner has made historical past at CBS by turning into the primary Black lady to host “Leisure Tonight.” 

Turner hosted her first episode on Thursday alongside Kevin Frazier, who can be Black. She is the primary lady of shade to be a bunch on the present, and this marks the primary time “ET” shall be anchored by two Black individuals — or two individuals of shade — in a full-time capability, Selection reported.

The four-time Daytime Emmy-winning journalist beforehand served as a correspondent and weekend co-host on “ET,” which she joined in 2014. Turner can be a longtime contributor for CNN. 

Turner celebrated her new gig by paying homage to different inspiring Black ladies and ladies of shade who’ve labored within the journalism and leisure industries. 

“My gratitude is deep and my dedication to representing is robust,” she wrote within the caption of an Instagram publish. 

She additionally referenced her historic promotion in an announcement, saying she has mirrored on the “legacy of Black ladies on this enterprise who’ve paved the best way for me.”

Turner additionally posted a photograph on Instagram exhibiting her and Frazier, whom she referred to as her good friend and brother, consuming rooster and waffles. 

“THIS image REALLY embodies who we’re,” she wrote, noting that she had initially supposed on posting a “glamorous shot” of them collectively. “The truth is, the conversations we’ve over lunch simply chillin is strictly what our viewers will get. Authentically us. I do know you’re all the time able to work and I’m so able to match your fly.” 

Turner, who was raised on a farm in Columbia, Missouri, started her journalism profession at an ABC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana. She went on to work at WVUE-TV Fox8 in New Orleans, then at KTTV in Los Angeles as a reporter for “Good Day LA” and anchor for “Good Day LA Weekend.” She later returned to New Orleans to cowl Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and joined CNN in 2011.

Turner has additionally been named host of the brand new CBS collection “Secret Movie star Renovation,” which is about to premiere this summer season. 

“ET” govt producer Erin Johnson mentioned in an announcement that Turner can “do all of it.”

“She will be able to go from a heartfelt dialog with Oscar winner Viola Davis in regards to the influence of Cicely Tyson to singing karaoke on a balcony with Jimmy Fallon,” Johnson mentioned. “She is heat, considerate, and stuffed with vitality.”

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