12:23 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 05/19/2011 03:55PM
After nearly 30 years hosting Entertainment Tonight, the day has come for Mary Hart to put down her mic.
Hart, 60, whose hosting duties will be fulfilled by Nancy O'Dell, 45, was surprised with a party on stage after her final taping on Thursday. Unexpected guests, including Hart's former co-hosts John Tesh (co-hosted from 1982-1996), Bob Goen (co-hosted from 1993-2004) and Robb Weller (co-hosted from 1984-1986), were brought out for the big farewell.
Additionally, Natalie Cole surprised Hart and serenaded the departing host with her hit, "Unforgettable."
Admitting in November that leaving ET was "not an easy decision," Hart said, "Knowing I will pass the baton to Nancy O'Dell makes that decision much easier."
Fans can reach out to Hart and send their own messages via Twitter by Tweeting @ETonlinealert using the hash tag #WeHartMary.
– Dahvi Shira
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Paralyzed Bride Rachelle Friedman Chapman Welcomes a Baby Girl by Surrogate
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Are Married!
Ice Dancers Charlie White and Tanith Belbin Say 'I Do'
Sophia Bush Speaks of Heartbreak as Ex-Boyfriend Is First American Confirmed Dead in Nepal Earthquake
Woman Charged with Sealing Baby in Plastic Bag After Giving Birth at Work
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!