“Extra,” the Emmy award-winning syndicated entertainment news magazine, has named veteran entertainment journalist Billy Bush as host for the 26th season of the show, premiering September 9, 2019.
Senior executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey said, “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. I’m thrilled to welcome him back to television.”
Said Bush, “My first job on national television was on ‘Extra,’ so this is a homecoming of sorts for me. I’m excited to join the incredible team and be a part of the show as it gets refreshed for a new generation.”
Bush first appeared on “Extra” as a New York-based freelance correspondent in 2002. He will anchor "Extra" from the show’s new broadcast center and newsroom at the Burbank Studios in Burbank, California. The show will feature a new, modernized setting at the studio, and will continue its extensive location reporting from bureaus in Los Angeles and New York. It will establish new outposts in both Nashville and Las Vegas.
Billy Bush’s extensive television career includes serving as host of the third hour of “Today,” host of “Access Hollywood” and “Access Hollywood Live,” correspondent for WNBC’s “Today in New York,” and New York freelance correspondent for “Extra.” For six years, he hosted “The Billy Bush Show,” a nationally syndicated talk and music radio show. Bush began his career in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as a radio DJ and salesperson.
"Extra" is helmed by Senior Executive Producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and Executive Producers Theresa Coffino and Jeremy Spiegel. The show is produced by Telepictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.