FORMER "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell says she always wanted to front a New Year's Eve show but had always been shut out from working the late, noisemaker/ball-drop shift because she had to be up early to co-host the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Now that she's done with "AH" and no longer part of the NBC family, Nancy is spending a night at Fox to host "New Year's Eve Live" (11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday) from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
"I'm going to be one uber-excited host," Nancy said by phone earlier this month. "It will be unique and different, and it's Vegas so you never know what's going to happen."
Guests include "American Idol" finalist David Archuleta ("Parents approve," she said, "so both parents and children can watch") and Travie McCoy.
Nancy is especially excited to ring in 2011 because it's going to be a big year for her.
She'll soon start hosting "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" for the Oprah Winfrey Network and do reports for "Entertainment Tonight," before filling Mary Hart's high heels at the end of the season.
"Mary is a TV icon," Nancy said, "the one who started it all."
What Nancy likes about "ET" is that the show is "classy" and has "always stayed true to its format. It delivers news but it doesn't feel sensationalized, and it is the No. 1 entertainment show so it must be doing something right."
Nancy also will continue her fundraising work in the fight to cure muscular dystrophy and helping Jerry Lewis on the MDA Telethon. She's a strong believer in the work the telethon does, so don't go questioning Lewis' motives around her.
"When my mom was diagnosed with ALS [Lou Gehrig's disease], I had no idea what to do," she said. "The people at MDA said they would be there for me every single day, and I told them 'Whatever you guys need, I'll be there for you.' "
100 will get you 50
Not every celeb moped about inconvenience during the big East Coast blizzard.
Entrepreneurial 50 Cent made some money off the snow.
Billboard.com reported that 50 Cent offered to shovel his Connecticut neighbors' walks.
"I'm going out to shovel snow and see if I can make me a few extra dollars today," 50 Cent tweeted on Monday afternoon. "I'm charging more if they want to take pictures."
His price? "I want a hundred dollars per house. I bet anybody I'll make a grand moving snow today." Soon after, he tweeted that four people had agreed to pay the fee and that he'd hired "employees" to increase efficiency.
50 Cent posted two photos of his efforts on Twitter that showed him digging with a blue shovel and wearing a parka and hat, but no gloves.
When one concerned fan asked, "Where are your gloves? I don't want your hands to get cold," he replied that he'd found a pair.
* Tattle's favorite Allentown native, Amanda Seyfried, will return to TV for the final episode of HBO's "Big Love."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that for four seasons, Amanda played Sarah, the eldest daughter of polygamist Bill (Bill Paxton) and Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn). At the end of season four, her character ran off with her husband, Scott Quittman (Aaron Paul, who will also return).
The episode was shot in mid-December and will air in March.
* The "Rocket Man" has become a diaper man - although we tend to think the dirty work will be done by an "Island Girl."
Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born Christmas Day. The news was first reported by UsMagazine.com.
Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California via a surrogate, whose identity is being protected by the new parents.
Zachary is 62-year-old John's first child with 48-year-old Furnish. The couple married in 2005.
In a joint statement, the new parents told UsMagazine.com that "Zachary is healthy and doing well" and they are "overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment."
Soon to come, perhaps, will be a CD of Elton John songs for babies: "The Itch Is Back (The Diaper Rash Song)," "I'm Almost Standing" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Teething."
* According to TMZ.com, Camille Grammer will walk away from her marriage to Kelsey with more than $50 million.
Kelsey, that old romantic, never got a prenup, so Camille is entitled to a 50/50 split of all earnings during the marriage.
TMZ says that during their 13 years of wedlock, the couple bought a lot of real estate (thank goodness for "Frasier" reruns, although some of their properties have tanked) and amassed a fortune in excess of $100 million.
And while Kelsey made most of the dough, TMZ's source says Camille was the savvy investor.
"They made a lot of smart decisions," the unnamed source said. "They were really a good team."
* UsMagazine.com reports that Reese Witherspoon and Hollywood agent Jim Toth have gotten engaged.
Her rep told Us, "They are extremely happy."
Us also reports that Rihanna has broken up with Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp.
It's Newton's third law of entertainment relationships: For every couple getting engaged, there is a couple of equal celebrity getting disengaged.
Don't forget to check out The Year in Tattle in Friday's Daily News. Seriously, write yourself a note.
Happy New Year!
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.