Most people spend the last few days of a job cleaning out a desk, saying goodbye to co-workers and making plans for the future. Brooke Anderson is not most people. She spent hers in London, reporting live on national television in front of millions of viewers from the most-covered wedding of the century.
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Airdate —April 28, 2011
BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: I`m Brooke Anderson outside of Buckingham Palace, and what an amazing day it has been. The royal wedding—Kate and William looked spectacular.
A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: And Brooke, might I say, you look spectacular. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. And tonight, on Showbiz Tonight, we`re breaking some big news about the frenzy surrounding the royal wedding.
ANDERSON: Right now, a Showbiz Tonight royal event, dressed to thrill. Showbiz Tonight in London with the remarkable story behind Kate Middleton`s breathtaking wedding dress. Plus, the royal wedding fashion hits and misses. How about the hats?
HAMMER: Will and Kate`s big kiss-off. Their fairytale royal kisses. Not one but two. How did these smooches stack up?
ANDERSON: Kate compared to Di. The absolutely remarkable similarities and differences between Kate Middleton`s wedding and Princess Diana`s.
HAMMER: A special edition of TV`s most provocative entertainment news show, a Showbiz Tonight royal event—
ANDERSON: Starts right now.
Just a few days later, on May 2, the Savannah-born Anderson filmed her last show as co-host of the entertainment program Showbiz Tonight, ending an exciting 11-year run with CNN and Headline News, as a producer, writer, correspondent and a host, that had taken her from Claxton straight to Atlanta to the gilded world of Hollywood.
“It was really bittersweet leaving CNN, and leaving all the friends that I’d made there,” says Anderson, in an exclusive interview with South magazine. “They weren’t just colleagues; they were like family to me after that long.”
But the end of her run at CNN actually marked a new beginning for the 33-year-old Anderson, who accepted an offer to co-host The Insider, a popular nationally syndicated entertainment news program.
Just a few weeks after covering the wedding of the century for CNN, what was her first major assignment with the new show? Just a ho-hum press junket with A-list actors Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the popular Jack Sparrow anthology.
“It’s so amazing to be able to do this type of work. Sometimes Ihave to just take a step back and absorb what I’m doing and where I’m working,” says Anderson, who started in mid-May at The Insider.
The Insider, a spin-off of Entertainment Tonight produced by CBS Television Studios, debuted in 2004. Anderson took over for Lara Spencer, who left the program to return to New York to join the team at ABC’s Good Morning America. Anderson joins co-host Kevin Frazier, a one-time correspondent at ET and a former sports anchor at ESPN and Fox Sports Net. Based out of Los Angeles, the show is a collage of celebrity interviews, red-carpet awards coverage, and television, movie and music news items and gossip.
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