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Leeza Kim Gibbons (born 26 March 1957) is an American talk show host. Gibbons is the host of her own radio show, Hollywood Confidential, part of the United Stations radio syndication company. Gibbons was born in Hartsville, South Carolina, and grew up in Irmo, South Carolina, a suburb of Columbia. She graduated from Irmo High School. She is daughter of Jean and Carlos Gibbons, who was a former state superintendent of education as well as antique shop owner.
Her past television credits include co-hosting PM Magazine, Entertainment Tonight and hosting Extra, as well as Leeza, her own NBC/syndicated talk show, which ran from January 1994 to September 2000. In the 1990s she was the co-host of John and Leeza, a talk show with former co-host of Entertainment Tonight, John Tesh. After 1 season, Tesh was dropped from the show and Leeza hosted solo for the remainder of the series. She has also guest starred on several shows, including The Geena Davis Show, The Simple Life, The Simpsons, Home Improvement, and Just Shoot Me. She played a television reporter in the Robocop films and had a small role as a reporter in Soapdish. She also hosted a series that explores true stories of survival in Lifetime`s What Should You Do?
On February 20, 2007, the ABC television network announced that Gibbons would be a participant in its Spring 2007 Dancing with the Stars reality show. She was eliminated from the competition on April 10, 2007. She was the third celebrity eliminated. On November 14, 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Gibbons to the board that oversees California`s stem cell research agency. Gibbons fills a slot designated for a patient advocate for Alzheimers as the result of her nonprofit group, Leeza`s Place, which is aimed at caregivers for persons with memory disorders. Gibbons` efforts with memory disorders grew out of her own family`s experience with her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer`s disease and died in May 2008. Gibbons replaced Meredith Vieira for a week of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire shows on June 23-27, 2008.
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Leeza Kim Gibbons (born March 26, 1957) is an American talk show host. She is best known as a correspondent and co-host for Entertainment Tonight (1984â€“1995) as well as for having her own syndicated daytime talk show, Leeza (1993-2000). Gibbons is currently the host of her own radio show, Hollywood Confidential, part of the United Stations radio syndication company. On February 16, 2015, Leeza was named the winner of Celebrity Apprentice, having raised $714,000 for her charity Leeza's Care Connection.
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