06/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lara Spencer Signs Contract To Become Sole Host Of "The Insider" — Pat O'Brien To Be "Special Correspondent"

CBS TV Distribution has signed a new contract with Lara Spencer that validates her unofficial role as sole anchor of "The Insider" since February.

Spencer will move permanently from New York to Los Angeles for the show's fifth-season premiere Sept. 8, having become, in effect, sole anchor of "Insider" when her co-anchor Pat O'Brien, also based in New York, went into alcohol rehab for the second time. O'Brien emerged from rehab in mid-April and returned to Los Angeles in the new job of special correspondent for the daily half-hour entertainment magazine, joining Victoria Recano and Steven Cojocaru.

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