A graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Leeza Gibbons has hosted a number of news and talk shows on television and radio.
She started her career cohosting local segments for “PM Magazine” on WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth but quickly rose to correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight.” Gibbons worked for the tabloid-style news program for over a decade until she and former cohost John Tesh were tapped to host the daytime talk show “John and Leeza.” Tesh left the show after a single season, and Gibbons hosted the renamed “Leeza,” which received 27 daytime Emmy nominations and won three.
After “Leeza,” Gibbons anchored “Extra” for three seasons, and for the past 16 years, she has hosted “Hollywood Confidential,” a weekly radio program syndicated on over 125 stations.
Gibbons guest starred on such television shows as “The Simpsons,” “Home Improvement” and “Just Shoot Me.” She played a reporter in the first two “Robocop” movies as well as in the film “Soapdish.” Gibbons also appeared in the fourth season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
In 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Gibbons to the board that oversees the California Institute for Reginerative Medicine because of her work with Leeza’s Place, her nonprofit group aimed at caretakers of people with memory disorders.