NBC’s Today has named Billy Bush an anchor in the program’s 9 a.m. hour. Bush will debut in his new role in August, during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.
“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,” said Today senior vice president and executive in charge Noah Oppenheim in a memo to staff Tuesday.
Bush joins from Access Hollywood, where he is being replaced as host by NBC’s Natalie Morales.
Here’s Oppenheim’s full memo:
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!