Mark Steines Leaves Entertainment Tonight After 17 Years

Entertainment Jul. 28, 2012 AT 4:30PM
Mark Steines at the ET Platform during the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Mark Steines at the ET Platform during the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Credit: Mathew Imaging

For nearly two decades, Mark Steines dutifully hosted Entertainment Tonight. But on July 27, the 48-year-old -- who interviewed celebrities ranging from Vince Vaughn to Tom Cruise -- ended his 17-year run with the program.

Steines joined Entertainment Tonight on August 24, 1995 as a correspondent and substitute anchor; He was promoted to host in 2004. (Nancy O'Dell, 46, joined him as co-host in 2011.)

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"It has been an amazing 17 years, now seemingly gone by in a flash. But 17 years I will never, ever forget," Steines says.

Though he'll no longer appear on Entertainment Tonight, Steines won't be disappearing from TV. The Dubuque, Iowa native will host the talk show Home & Family, slated to premiere on the Hallmark Channel October 1.

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Steines married former Entertainment Tonight correspondent and Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett, 41, in Hawaii on July 22, 1995. They have two sons, Kai Harper, 10, and A.J., 8.

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