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Oprah Employs Nancy O'Dell For New TV Show


Sep. 20 2010, Published 6:15 a.m. ET

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She's back on television, but not at Entertainment Tonight -- at least, not yet.

Nancy O'Dell has landed a new hosting gig, has learned, on Oprah Winfrey's television network. has learned that the former Access Hollywood presenter will be the face of Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search For The Next TV Star, alongside Queer Eye For A Straight Guy star Carson Kressley.

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The show will look to discover a new TV talent and will feature ten finalist who will be thrown into a series of challenges, testing everything from interview skills to how they look on camera.

Each episode will also feature a celebrity judge to help guide the contestants through the competition.

"We are thrilled to add Nancy and Carson to the Your OWN Show team," said OWN chief creative officer Lisa Erspamer.


"Not only are their skills invaluable, they bring wit and fun to everything they do."

The show is set to kick off in January 2011 when Oprah's network launches.

And Kressley -- formerly of Queer Eye For A Straight Guy -- is looking forward to the new venture.

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"I am so thrilled, grateful and excited to be a part of Your OWN Show," he said in a statement.

"Not only do I get to inspire and be inspired by an amazing group of very talented contestants, I will also have the privilege of working with seasoned pros like Nancy O'Dell, Mark Burnett and of course, my hero, Oprah Winfrey. How lucky am I?" first reported that O'Dell had a big announcement following her departure from Access Hollywood last year.


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