Billy Bush has officially joined the “Today” show, a move that many in the industry probably assumed had already happened given all the speculation.
He’ll essentially take Natalie Morales’ spot as she heads to “Access Hollywood” — the show Bush has hosted for 15 years. He’s also co-hosted “Access Live” for six years.
Bush will begin his “Today” show gig this August during NBC’s highly coveted Rio Olympics.
Read Noah Oppenheim’s internal memo announcing the hire:
Hi Everyone —
I’m excited to share official word that Billy Bush is coming to “Today.” He’ll join the current 9a anchors as Tammy and her team continue to build a compelling and competitive hour focused on lifestyle and entertainment.
Billy has been a part of the “Today” extended family for quite some time — he brings boundless energy, a great interviewing style and a deep knowledge of pop culture. During 15 years as host of “Access Hollywood,” and 6 years as co-host of “Access Live,” Billy has covered and interviewed literally everyone in Hollywood. Following an early start in radio, Billy broke into TV as a freelancer on WNBC. He credits his very first segment, involving a painful chest-waxing incident (well before Steve Carell) with him getting the full-time gig.
You’ll start to see Billy on the show during the Olympics in August. Please join Tammy and me in welcoming Billy to “Today!”
Oppenheim is senior vice president and executive in charge of “Today.”
Tammy refers to Tammy Filler, co-executive producer of the show’s 9-11 a.m. hours.