The co-anchor ends her 13-year run two years before her contract expires

By Ulrica Wihlborg
Updated December 17, 2009 04:40 PM
Credit: Tony Duran

Access Hollywood‘s Nancy O’Dell is leaving her job two years before her contract expires. Her last show will be this week.

“The original member of the Access Hollywood family, co-anchor and respected broadcast journalist Nancy O’Dell, has chosen to leave the show after 13 years,” says a statement from her rep. “O Dell appreciates NBC s cooperation as she begins this next chapter in her career. Even though she will be leaving for a new opportunity, this decision is based totally on Nancy s desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable. She will continue on with projects as a broadcast entertainment journalist.”

A source tells PEOPLE O Dell has been uncomfortable for the past several months with what she sees as the show’s more sensational direction. “She has spent a lot of years building respect in the entertainment community and celebrities trust her,” says the source. “She’s known as the nice and classy girl. She values that.”

  • Prior to the show, O Dell spent seven years as a news anchor and investigate reporter. As for what she s doing next, O Dell has yet to make an announcement. Her next scheduled broadcast appearance will be as the host of the Tournament of Roses Parade live on NBC on New Year s day.
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  • O Dell is married to business executive Keith Zubchevich. They are parents to daughter Ashby, 2. She s also the step-mom to sons Tyler, 14, and Carson, 10.