Billy Bush is close to locking down a deal that will bring him back to television after a two-year absence following his ousting from NBC.
Sources close to the discussions tell The Blast, Bush recently sat down with multiple executives at “Extra” to discuss the possibility of Bush joining the team as the long-running syndicated newsmagazine prepares to leave NBC and head to FOX.
We’re told Bush was spotted last month leaving a meeting with team members at “Extra” and discussions have since continued. As for Bush’s controversial firing from NBC, we’re told most people working with “Extra” believe he deserves a second chance.
Billy is one of several possible on-air hosts that have been considered for the new launch of “Extra” on Fox.
In the past two years, Bush has worked on bettering his life, including firewalking with Tony Robbins, yoga and meditation. He also regularly boxes and has become an avid reader of self-help books.
We’re told Bush actually worked with “Extra” when he was younger, after he was the host of radio show, “Billy Bush and the Bush League Morning Show.”
Our sources say Billy has also met with other high-level executives and entertainment shows who have approached the host, so it’s still up in the air on where he’ll ultimately end up.
As you may remember, Bush was fired from “Today” and “Access Hollywood” after his participation was highlighted in the infamous 2015 video with Donald Trump.
It was recently announced “Extra” would be leaving NBC and begin airing on FOX in the Fall of 2019. We’re told Bush could be considered for some hosting duties, as well as other talent hosted segments on the show.
Sources close to FOX tell The Blast the network has been looking to strengthen their entertainment news lineup with a fresh look, after many of the current programs have become stale and antiquated, and also seen declining ratings.