LOS ANGELES -- Ron Hendren, who left his position as co-host of 'Entertainment Tonight' two weeks ago in a contract dispute, has been replaced by his sit-in, Robb Weller, Paramount TV announced Thursday.
Weller, who was temporarily appointed to cover the show while Paramount tried to reach an agreement with Hendren, was named co-host of 'Entertainment Tonight' with Mary Hart and the co-anchor of 'Entertainment This Week' with co-host Leeza Gibbons.
'The audience and station response to Weller during the last two weeks has confirmed our belief that he has the expertise and journalistic style vital to the position of co-host,' Frank Kelly, vice president of programming for Paramount, said in a prepared statement.
'We are confident he will make a significant contribution to the success of the show,' the statement said.
'Ron Hendren made a contribution to 'Entertainment Tonight' during its first three years. However, we felt there was a need to take the series to an exciting new plateau and we believe Weller better suits our future needs.'
Hendren joined the nationally syndicated television show in 1981.
Weller came to 'Entertainment Tonight' Sept. 10 after serving as co-host with Gibbons on New York's 'Two on the Town,' a production of WCBS-TV. Before that, he was an entertainment reporter in Chicago and was the host of a variety of interview shows and specials.