Billy Bush will return to entertainment reporting as the anchor of a the syndicated Warner Brothers magazine show “Extra Extra,”marking his return to the format after leaving NBC under a cloud.
Bush was discovered on an old 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape laughing at vulgar remarks Donald Trump made about sexually assaulting women. Controversy around the tape cost Bush a gig as a co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s “Today.”
“We all have to be able to evolve as we grow,” Bush told People in an interview. “The guy that left the scene in 2016 was already a changed person but I had the opportunity to grow up a little bit. Facing adversity in some way is good. And I feel I’ll be better at my job than I ever was. This is my next step.” “Extra Extra” is slated to air on some of Fox’s top owned-and-operated stations.
“Billy is the consummate journalist with extensive celebrity industry contacts and reach. No one does more illuminating interviews and in-depth stories than him. He’s the perfect host as we reinvent ‘Extra’ for a new generation,” said senior executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey. “I’m thrilled to welcome him back to television.”
The program, currently hosted under the name “Extra” by Mario Lopez, is slated to get a makeover as part of the transition, including a new set. The show will continue to report from bureaus in Los Angeles and New York, and also set up new outposts in both Nashville and Las Vegas.
Bush said he regrets his behavior on the old tape. “I own the moment,” he told People. “It was a bad moment. And I was in it. But one moment doesn’t define your life.”