In what is surely wonderful news for Billy Bush, Billy Bush can now confirm that his hard work paid off (ie. his last name was Bush), and he got that job that he was rumored to be getting. And don’t think that you’re about to see the same Billy Bush forcing a smile while talking to whatever celebrity was booked that day while secretly wondering if the audience is whispering about that time he fucked up. That might be good enough for the Mario Lopez’s of the primetime entertainment news world. But not Billy – at least according to Billy.
One month before the 2016 US Presidential election, the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape was leaked, and we heard Donald Trump brag about grabbing women “by the pussy,” while Billy Bush played along. Trump went on to become President while Billy was fired with pay.
Vulture says that 47-year-old Billy will return to TV on September 6 to host Extra, now re-named ExtraExtra. ExtraExtra is a rebooted version of Extra that is targeted at millennials. I hope Billy Bush’s return to TV won’t be with the words: “Welcome to ExtraExtra fam! I hope your Hot Girl Summer was lit AF, but it’s time to get shook on some lit celeb gossip, okurrrrr?” But Billy will be taking this job very seriously, and it’s all because he knows what it’s like to be the underdog. Billy spoke with The New York Times (via Vulture) about his new gig, and he says he’s going to be better at his job than he was before.
“I will absolutely be better at my job than I ever was. Because I have empathy. I do not like the tearing down of people and this lack of forgiveness and the shaming. I think the people I interview will appreciate that.”
It sounds like Billy Bush wants to be the redeeming voice to speak for those who have been #cancelled. The only problem is, he’s got to be careful of who he helps. Because someone might take advantage of Billy’s generous offer to speak for those who have been publicly shamed. Like a former co-worker who could benefit from a televised redemption, let’s say. And the next thing you know, ExtraExtra is being renamed The Matt Lauer Half-Hour ft. Billy Bush.