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Q: Why did Nancy O'Dell leave "Access Hollywood" only to show up on "Entertainment Tonight"? -- Janet Tillman, Howard, Ohio

A: At the time O'Dell left "Access" in 2009, there was no similar opening at "Entertainment," since Mary Hart was still very much the weeknight co-anchor of the syndicated magazine program. It was afterward that Hart's departure became known.

Since O'Dell clearly had vast experience in hosting such a show, it was sort of a no-brainer that the "Entertainment" producers went to her. In terms of her accepting, O'Dell told us herself late last year, "It's the original, the one that began this whole genre. I always thought, 'How great would it be to be a part of that show?' "

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Q: What else has Eddie Cahill of "CSI: NY" been in? -- Joy Christie, Tonawanda

A: Prior to his current role as police detective Don Flack on the CBS series -- which starts its eighth season this fall -- Cahill was probably best known as Tag, the assistant who had more meaning for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) than just office duties, on "Friends."

The actor also was a regular on the short-lived series "Glory Days," which aired on the now-defunct WB Network; the other series he's appeared on have included "Sex and the City," "Charmed," "Felicity," "Dawson's Creek" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Additionally, Cahill co-starred in the 2004 movie "Miracle" as 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team goaltender Jim Craig.

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