Hart Stays at 'Entertainment Tonight'

Tuesday, October 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mary Hart will continue to report the news and celebrity happenings for at least five more years for ``Entertainment Tonight.''

Hart, who has anchored the show for two decades, signed a deal giving her more than $5 million annually, said Joel Berman, president of Paramount Domestic Television, which produces the program.

The contract allows Hart to take a more creative role in possible ``ET'' spin-offs, including a children-oriented project and a celebrity homes show.

Hart joined the 21-year-old newsmagazine program in 1982 during its second season.

``Entertainment Tonight'' has ranked among the top five syndicated shows in ratings, and tied ``Oprah'' as the highest-rated syndicated program among women 25 to 54 last year.