(May 8, 2019 – Burbank, CA) – “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, rebranded as “ExtraExtra” and 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 the new “ExtraExtra” 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, and 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, NH as a radio DJ and sales person.
"ExtraExtra" 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. The program website is at www.extratv.com.
Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television, is an industry-leading and Emmy® Award–winning producer of innovative, multiplatform advertiser-friendly television series and digital content for the first-run syndication, cable and digital marketplace. Programs produced by Telepictures have won 93 Emmy® Awards in the last 20 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 16 of the last 19 years. Telepictures series include "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Extra," "Judge Mathis," "Ellen’s Game of Games" (produced in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), "The People’s Court," "The Real," "TMZ," "TMZ Live," "TMZ Sports" and "OBJECTified." For more information about Telepictures programming, please visit www.telepicturestv.com.
About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution is one of the leading distributors of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace, distributing first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and theatrical motion pictures to local broadcast television stations, as well as to pay, cable, satellite and broadcast networks and subscription video-on-demand platforms throughout the U.S. First run series distributed by WBDTD include Telepictures’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “TMZ,” “TMZ Live,” “Extra,” “The Real,” “Judge Mathis” and “The People’s Court.” Current off-network programs include “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Friends,” “Mike & Molly” and “Mom.”
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