Prexy's cuz to host Peacock's new 'Deal'
NBC has said “Let’s Make a Deal” to “Access Hollywood” correspondent Billy Bush, who’s won a chance to host a new version of the classic gameshow.Bush will step into the role made famous by Monty Hall, who’s still on board as an executive producer of the revival. Peacock has ordered five episodes to air sometime this spring. Bush, who’s first cousin to the U.S. president, joined “Access Hollywood” in December 2001. He also serves as a contributor for NBC’s “Today” show. “Billy Bush is a rising star, and we are excited to give him primetime exposure,” said Jeff Gaspin, NBC’s exec VP of alternative series, specials, longform and program strategy. “I’m thrilled that everyone from Monty Hall to NBC thinks he’s the right heir to the Hall throne.” Bush launched his career in radio, working at stations in New Hampshire and later Washington, D.C., where he hosted “Billy Bush and the Bush League Morning Show” for WWZZ-FM. The host then tried his hand as a guest correspondent for “Extra” before joining WNBC’s “Today in New York.” “Let’s Make a Deal” will follow its original format, featuring costumed contestants who must decide behind which curtain their prize lies. “My greatest joy is knowing that lots of people will be seeing this show for the first time,” Bush said. “This is a great relief because the fewer people who compare me to the great Monty Hall, the better. Above all else, I hope to make him proud.” Besides Hall, Sharon Hall will exec produce, along with Jay Renfroe and David Garfinkle. “Let’s Make a Deal” comes from Monty Hall Enterprises and Renegade 83. Meanwhile, in other reality TV news, ABC has started casting its next editions of hit special “Extreme Makeover,” announcing cattle calls including Jan. 7 in Los Angeles.