D.J. Petroro, who is Linda Bell Blue‘s No. 2, and Linda Fuller will be taking the reins of the show, CBS Television Distribution made official today. Bell Blue will remain in her job through the end of the current season, with the new team taking over for the show’s 33rd season in the fall. Her pending departure from Entertainment Tonight was first reported in September. Bell Blue, who has spent 19 years as executive producer of the iconic syndicated Hollywood-centric show, has signed a multi-year deal to transition into a new role as president of the newly created Entertainment Tonight Studios. In her new gig, she will oversee the creation of Entertainment Tonight-branded series and specials for cable, broadcast and digital platforms. This is not a stretch — during her nearly two decades on the show, she executive produced loads of CBS primetime specials: the ABC reunion special Entertainment Tonight Presents: Laverne & Shirley Together Again; the recently produced Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Katy Perry Experience for TVGN; and four ET-branded specials on weight, plastic surgery, unsolved mysteries, and scandals and drug use in Hollywood.
Bell Blue — who joined ET after executive producing Hard Copy and, prior to that, KCBS-TV news in Los Angeles — also has served as executive producer of the nightly half-hour magazine omg! Insider (formerly The Insider), which premiered in 2004.
Petroro and Fuller are veterans of the ET franchise. Petroro joined CBS Television Distribution in 2004, and helped launch The Insider as senior producer and writer, then co-executive producer in 2006, and moved to Entertainment Tonight in September 2012. Fuller joined ET in 1989 as an associate director and quickly rose to director. Prior to joining ET, Fuller worked at ABC News, 20/20 and Good Morning America/World News This Morning in New York.