Willie Geist, who appears on ‘Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist’, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ and the third hour of ‘TODAY’, announced on Aug. 22 that he is passing the hosting torch for that third gig to Billy Bush. Get all of the details here.
Willie Geist, 41, will no longer serve as a host on the third hour of the TODAY Show. “I’m stepping away from the 3rd hour of @TODAY, but not going anywhere. Still with 7 a.m. gang, hosting #SundayTODAY, & @Morning_Joe,” he tweeted. “Will miss the show with my great friends @TamronHall & @AlRoker, but it’s in good hands with my man @BillyBush.” He also thanked viewers for their support:
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) August 22, 2016
“I’ve been wearing a lot of hats lately. I have a big head, but not big enough for all those hats,” Geist told viewers on air today during the initial announcement. “I’ll step away from the third hour, but I pass the hat to a guy with another big head. Billy Bush, the hat is yours.” Geist has been an official co-host on TODAY since 2012, though he has filled in for various anchors since 2007. He also assured everyone that “the show’s in good hands”, and welcomed Billy to the TODAY family. Bush is the host of The Billy Bush Show, a radio show. He also appears as a host on Access Hollywood.
Fans immediately took to Twitter to react to the news, and it seems that Geist will be missed. “What? @WillieGeist Your deadpan humor w tamron & roker will b missed,” @Barrabarra5 tweeted. “NOOO. Say it isn’t so, less @WillieGeist on @TODAYshow ! So sad. Still look forward to #SundayToday,” @LouLou__09 agreed.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Willie is leaving the third hour of the TODAY Show? Tell us what you think about him being replaced by Billy!