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Nancy O'Dell leaves Access Hollywood

By Ulrica Wihlborg, PEOPLE.com
After 13 years, Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell to move on to new opportunities.
After 13 years, Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell to move on to new opportunities.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell is leaving after 13 years
  • A turn to more sensational news is the rumored reason for the sudden departure
  • She has yet to announce what is next, but it is said to be in entertainment journalism
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(PEOPLE.com) -- Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell is leaving her job two years before her contract expires. Her last show will be this week.

"The original member of the Access Hollywood family, co-anchor and respected broadcast journalist Nancy O'Dell, has chosen to leave the show after 13 years," said a statement from her rep. "O'Dell appreciates NBC's cooperation as she begins this next chapter in her career. Even though she will be leaving for a new opportunity, this decision is based totally on Nancy's desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable. She will continue on with projects as a broadcast entertainment journalist."

A source told PEOPLE O'Dell has been uncomfortable for the past several months with what she sees as the show's more sensational direction. "She has spent a lot of years building respect in the entertainment community and celebrities trust her," said the source. "She's known as the nice and classy girl. She values that."

Prior to the show, O'Dell spent seven years as a news anchor and investigate reporter. As for what she's doing next, O'Dell has yet to make an announcement. Her next scheduled broadcast appearance will be as the host of the Tournament of Roses Parade live on NBC on New Year's day.

O'Dell is married to business executive Keith Zubchevich. They are parents to daughter Ashby, 2. She's also the step-mom to sons Tyler, 14, and Carson, 10.

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