WATCH MAGAZINE_October 2021_Nate Burleson

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Dream Team: (l to r) Rachel Smith, Matt Cohen, Nischelle Turner, Kevin Frazier, and Lauren Zima

That’s Entertainment Happy 40th anniversary, Entertainment Tonight ! The history-making news magazine didn’t just talk about the stars … they were right there with them. BY NATE MILLADO

while Johnson serves as executive producer. This past year, ET cel- ebrated its 40th anniversary—in the middle of a global pandemic, no less. But ET is No. 1 for a reason, and the coronavirus “wasn’t an excuse to back off that,” Johnson says. “It was simply a new challenge to navigate. We have the best team. We don’t get com- placent.” ( ET recently won its sixth Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.) To commemorate this decades- spanning milestone, Watch caught up with Turner and Frazier, whom Johnson calls “the definition of a dynamic duo.”

E VERYONE’S GOT AN ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT origin story. Nischelle Turner grew up on a farm in the Midwest watching Mary Hart and John Tesh and thinking, “How many worlds away that was from my experience and my existence,” she recalls. Kevin Frazier was an in- demand sportscaster who’d tune in to ET while getting ready for SportsCenter . And journalism student Erin Johnson would tell her professors her goal was to someday work at ET . Today Turner and Frazier are co-anchors of TV’s top entertainment news magazine,

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