Willie Geist Tapped to Host ‘Everest Jump Live’ for Discovery

Geist will be joined by Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore for special airing in May

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Willie Geist has lined up a side gig.

“Today” co-host Geist has been chosen to host the Discovery Channel’s upcoming “Everest Jump Live,” during which climber Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing-suit flight off of the summit of Mt. Everest.

Also read: Jon Stewart Creates a New Meme: Willie Geist’s Disapproving Glare

Geist will be joined by Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel, who will serve as the two-hour special’s chief meteorologist and track Everest’s unpredictable weather.

“Today” personality Geist performed a similar duty last year, providing the play-by-play for “Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda,” during which Wallenda walked over the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. (Cantore also provided his expertise for that special.)

Also read: Nik Wallenda on His Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk: ‘We All Stare Death in the Face Daily’

For the upcoming special, Geist and Cantore will be situated in a studio in New York that’s designed specifically for the event.

“Everest Jump Live” will broadcast live on the Discovery Channel in 224 countries and territories in May. NBC News’ Peacock Productions is producing the event.