The Host of Hollywood

"ET" anchor Bob Goen's easygoing approach gets celebrities to open up.

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No doubt Goen would agree there are jobs with far more stress. Still, the "Entertainment Tonight" job is never-ending. There are shows to tape each day, premieres to attend, films and shows to watch, articles to read, interviews, news stories—all part of Goen's constant mission to keep informed and sharp for the camera. In the echo chamber of contemporary culture, he's another case of a man with multiple identities: journalist-performer-confidant-interviewer-celebrity. On occasions, stuck in traffic in L.A., he thinks of one of his broadcast heroes, Johnny Carson, and admires the way The King of Late Night walked away from it all and has felt no need to return. But then Goen sees his own face blown up bigger than life on Sunset Boulevard and remembers he's precisely where he's always wanted to be.
Oakland-based Joel Drucker's first book, Jimmy Connors Saved My Life, will be published this summer by Sport Classic Books.
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