Leeza Kim Gibbons is an American talk show host. She is best known as a correspondent and cohost for Entertainment Tonight as well as for having her own syndicated daytime talk show, Leeza . In 2013, her book Takebecame a New York Times bestseller and she won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle or Travel program for the PBS show, My Generation. On February 16, 2015, Leeza was named the winner of Celebrity Apprentice, having raised 714,000 for her charity Leezas Care Connection.
Gibbons was born in Hartsville, South Carolina, the daughter of Jean and Carlos Gibbons, a former state superintendent of education and antique shop owner. Gibbons has two siblings a brother, Carlos Jr., and a sister, Cammy. Gibbons grew up in Irmo, South Carolina, a suburb of Columbia, and graduated from Irmo High School. After completing high school, Gibbons graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolinas school of journalism and mass communication, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.