In Touch has exclusively learned that Billy Bush — host of pop culture newscast Access Hollywood — will be leaving to join TODAY in the wake of current morning show shake-ups.
"Billy will be moving to New York over the next few months to officially join the third hour of the Today show,” an insider reveals.
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The insider continues, “Billy has been telling personal friends he will be replacing Willie Geist. Billy's wife and children will remain in LA because they don't want to change schools, and he will come home on the weekends. It's a big move for Billy.”
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However, an NBC source denies Willie’s hosting duties would be reassigned.
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"Willie isn't going anywhere, he is a huge part of the TODAY family,” the insider notes.
"TODAY is a very, very happy place once again, and the ratings reflect that. The timing of Michael Strahan being added to Good Morning America indicates ABC is very, very concerned about how competitive TODAY has become.”
Michael on Live With Kelly and Michael. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It was previously announced Michael will depart Live With Kelly and Michael to join Good Morning America's news team.
A TODAY rep had no comment.