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Q&A: What happened to Bonnie Hunt?

Bonnie Hunt has been doing voice work and is working on a TV sitcom called compliKATEd.
Bonnie Hunt has been doing voice work and is working on a TV sitcom called compliKATEd.
Published Mar. 14, 2013

Can you please tell me what has happened to Bonnie Hunt, who had a wonderful talk show for several years?

Since her talk show was canceled in 2010, despite her Daytime Emmy nomination for "outstanding talk show host," Bonnie Hunt has been doing voice work for the Cars animated movies and video games and for the former HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim.

But she may be hitting the small screen again. Last October, Hunt, now 51, started working on a proposed half-hour sitcom for ABC called compliKATEd. She is writing the show and will star as a "confidently insecure woman with a complicated life." Ben Stiller will produce. If all goes well, it could appear on ABC's 2013-14 schedule.

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