‘Entertainment Tonight’ Host Nancy O’Dell Dishes on New Co-Host Rob Marciano: ‘I Really Like Him A Lot’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

By: Peggy Truong / December 6, 2012

ET's New Co-Host
'Entertainment Tonight' hires Rob Marciano as new co-host.
Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell has a new title to add to her ever-growing resume: app developer.

The anchor recently launched Little Ashby: Star Reporter, a storybook app on iTunes that invites kids to learn about the world and report on it — something O’Dell is certainly familiar with. “One of the reasons I wanted to do this…is because everybody always asks me why I decided to become a reporter,” O’Dell told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “I actually majored in marketing and actually started out in TV sales.”

“I started doing some reporting on the side,” she continued. “Every place I would go and every person I was interviewing, I was learning about people and all different kinds of stuff.”

She also dished on another major change in her life. Longtime fans of ET will have one thing to look forward to in the new year: O’Dell’s new co-host Rob Marciano, who was hired for the job in November.

“I really like him a lot,” O’Dell said of her new on-screen partner, who has been with CNN as its weather anchor for nearly a decade. “He went through a whole bunch of rounds [for ET] . . . I felt like I was going through a round of speed dating for a while.”

Until then, the lovable O’Dell is promoting her app, developed with StoryChimes. She said part of her project was also inspired by her 5-year-old daughter Ashby.

“My daughter is forever playing an app, she’s obsessed with them and I love that so many of them are educational,” she said. Naturally, O’Dell ended up naming the app’s title character after her little one. “At that point, if I named it anything else, she’d be mad at me probably for the rest of my life.”

Little Ashby’s first mission takes her all the way to the North Pole, where she learns about all things Christmas, and writes about “Santa’s Big Premiere.”

“Ashby comes back with a report of what the holiday spirit is all about . . . it’s Santa’s send off on Christmas Eve,” according to O’Dell.

O’Dell’s app, Little Ashby: Star Reporter, is available on iTunes.

For more of our chat with Nancy O’Dell, check out the video, above. Meanwhile, what do you think of her new ‘Entertainment Tonight’ co-host Rob Marciano? Weigh in below.