Shaun Robinson Leaving 'Access Hollywood' For Hot TV Deal To Empower Women: Kerry Washington Motivates [Photos]

Joanne Eglash

Shaun Robinson is exiting Access Hollywood following 16 years of covering the most famous and infamous folks in show biz. But Shaun isn't going far, because Robinson has inked a TV deal with the NBCUniversal family, reported MSN.

"I am going to miss all my friends here because we are truly like a family," declared Shaun.

Robinson, reflecting on the changes in the TV industry, linked her decision to leave Access Hollywood to her desire to advance in her career.

"Television has changed so much since I first sat at the anchor desk and it's time to take my career to the next level. There are so many more opportunities awaiting me, both on-camera and as a producer."

But Shaun also hopes to help young women by leaving Access Hollywood. Robinson has a production company, Robinhood Productions, specifically designed to empower through overseeing TV projects. All will be linked with NBCU's domestic distribution division.

"For 16 years Shaun Robinson has been an integral part of the success of Access Hollywood," praised the entertainment show's executive producer Rob Silverstein. "Shaun has a tremendous ability to put stars at ease and always has had a special connection with our viewers. We wish Shaun success and happiness as she moves into this new, exciting phase of her career."

But what many don't know about Shaun is that this isn't the first time Robinson tried to leave Access Hollywood, reported People.

Shaun was contemplating exiting the show three years ago. Robinson decided to stay with Access Hollywood, but then Scandal actress Kerry Washington persuaded Shaun to take a chance.

"She told me about a point in her career where she said 'I want to try something different,' and she tried TV, and look where it got her. Everyone loves Scandal," said Robinson. "That conversation really resonated with me and inspired me to just go for my dreams and take that leap of faith."

Also motivating Shaun to make the move was the loss of her father. When Robinson's dad died from cancer in the spring, she remembered what he had told her.

"My dad would always say happiness doesn't come from anything external, it comes from within," said Shaun. "It's this journey I have been on for years, and I'm ready to explore where that journey will take me."

Robinson hopes that the journey will make a difference in other lives through her company Robinhood Productions.

"My passion is empowering young women to live their lives as fully as they can," she said. "So I'm working on a few projects now that show women in very powerful positions."

And Shaun dreams big. Robinson admits she'd enjoy her own show.

"I would love to have my own show, and I think I have a lot to say. My dream job would be a younger, hipper version of Inside the Actors Studio."

"When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud," said Angelina. "Cause a little trouble. It's good for you."

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