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Rob Marciano Exiting as Co-Host of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ (Exclusive)

The former CNN meteorologist has already landed a new job at a major news organization

“Entertainment Tonight” co-host Rob Marciano is set to exit the syndicated magazine program just 18 months after coming on board, multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

With just months left on his contract, Marciano informed “ET” he wanted to go back to his hard news roots, according to show insiders.

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Another individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap he has already landed a new gig at a major news organization, which is expected to be announced in a matter of days.

The search has been underway for a couple months for his “ET” replacement. “ET” declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Marciano, 46, currently co-hosts the entertainment news program with Nancy O’Dell. He was hired at “ET” in January 2013 to replace Mark Steines.

Before joining “ET,” Marciano worked as a meteorologist and weather reporter at CNN for 10 years. His reports on the cable network about Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earned him a Peabody Award.

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Prior to CNN, he served as chief meteorologist for KATU-TV in Portland, Ore. and also worked as a weather reporter at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, La., and WVIT Connecticut News 30 in West Hartford, Conn.

Marciano is repped by Ken Lindner  of Ken Lindner & Associates. Lindner did not immediately respond TheWrap’s request for comment.