Al Masini, Creator Of ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ ‘Solid Gold,’ Dies At 80

HONOLULU (AP) —  The Hollywood producer who created “Entertainment Tonight,” “Star Search,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Solid Gold,” and numerous other TV shows has died in Honolulu. Alfred “Al” Masini was 80.

His publicist, Kristin Jackson, says Masini died Monday in the Hawaii city, where he has lived for years.

In a statement to Hawaii News Now, Charlyn Honda Masini described her husband as a “humble, sweet, lovable person.” She added that he loved Hawaii and its people.

In a separate statement, actress and longtime friend Carol Burnett said she was very sorry to hear of Al Masini’s death. She called him a “talented producer and a fine man.”

Masini is survived by his wife Charlyn Honda Masini and his sister Melba Marvinny.

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  • John Shaffner

    “Al Masini’s impact on television and first run syndication cannot be overestimated. He was interested in the best and persevered to get it. He was loyal and caring.”
    John Shaffner, Chairman and CEO Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • Noreen Donovan Roth

    I am writing on behalf of Charyln Honda Masini.  Charlyn has created a beautiful website in Al’s honor. The website gives information on the foundation that has been set up as well as stories, photos and videos on Al’s life.  Al was a very special man and a dear and cherished friend.  I am honored and blessed to have had him in my life.

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