NBC News, which maybe the slowest media organization in the world when it comes to releasing news about themselves, has finally confirmed what everyone has known for months.
Back in October of last year, FTVLive reported that NBC was looking to add Billy Bush to the Today Show.
7 months later and NBC announced just that.
Here is the internal email sent to the staff at Today from Noah Oppenheim:
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!