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Menounos joins ‘Access Hollywood,’ ‘Today’

Correspondent will leave ‘Entertainment Tonight’

Maria Menounos is leaving “Entertainment Tonight” to join NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood” and NBC News’ “Today” show this fall.

Menounos, 27, will be a special correspondent for “Access Hollywood,” which begins its 10th season in national syndication on Sept. 5. She also will be a West Coast contributor for “Today,” it was announced Tuesday.

“To be working at such a cutting-edge show like ‘Access’ and have the opportunity to be a part of the No. 1 morning news program on television is so exciting,” she said in a statement.

Menounos reported on film, television, music and fashion for “Entertainment Tonight,” and had been an international correspondent for “Channel One News,” a source of news for teen students.

She has appeared on the WB’s “One Tree Hill” and had a role in this summer’s sci-fi action film “Fantastic Four.”