The real reason for Mary Hart’s departure from "Entertainment Tonight" may be explained by the economics of syndication, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The veteran host was making $5 million in her 29th year at the program, although Hart accepted a pay cut in May for hosting the program another season, a pay trim that may have been as much as 50%, the story says.
"Whether Hart left of her own volition or was nudged out the door, the economics that made her impossible to keep on start at the local TV station level, which is coming off a few brutal years that saw revenues drained by the recession," the story says. With station groups unwilling to pay for license fees and advertising declining, it means syndicators have been forced to cut costs, the article says.
CBS Television Distribution declined comment.