Showbiz Tonight’s Brooke Anderson to “The Insider”…
The New York Post’s Michael Starr writes that Showbiz Tonight co-host Brooke Anderson will be taking over as co-host of “The Insider”…
Showbiz Tonight” co- host Brooke Anderson will replace Lara Spencer on “The Insider.”
Anderson, 32, will join Kevin Frazier on the syndicated show.
Anderson, who’s based in LA, will host HLN’s coverage of the Royal Wedding and is expected to join “The Insider” next month.
“I’m a huge fan of Brooke Anderson both professionally and personally . . . She’s everything you’d want in a co-anchor . . .” said “Insider” and “ET” executive producer Linda Bell Blue.
Although it won’t be written up this way by the Media Writers, who really aren’t attuned to what’s been going on with “The Insider”, I consider this a self-inflicted demotion for Anderson. The reason is “The Insider” has been fraught with problems since launch and has developed a reputation as a show that can’t make up its mind what its supposed to be. Originally it was more of an ET clone and a vehicle for Pat O’Brien. But then O’Brien self-destructed. Since then the show has gone through a slough of co-hosts and formats, including at one point an opinionated “View” style with a panel that argued over stories. Lara Spencer had been the only consistent thing about that show since it launched but now Spencer’s gone. So Anderson is inheriting a show in disarray. For Anderson, it may be a step up in profile from HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight” but “Showbiz” has been the more consistent and stable show.