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March 21, 2019

Billy Bush in discussions to return to TV with ‘Extra’

January 12, 2019
Billy Bush could return to TV soon. (Craig Barritt / Getty Images)

Billy Bush may be nearing a TV comeback.

The former “Today” show host, who lost his NBC job after a controversial 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape emerged of him and President Trump, is in discussions for a gig with “Extra,” according to The Hollywood Reporter and The Blast.

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“Extra,” which covers entertainment stories, is moving from NBC to Fox TV in seven major media markets in the fall, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Fox stations in Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit already air the weeknight program.

Bush, 47, has kept a mostly low profile since his exit at NBC, where he anchored the third hour of the network’s “Today” coverage.

The tape that led to his ouster was released in 2016 and shows Trump making lewd hot mic comments — including his infamous “grab ‘em by the p—y” remark — to a laughing Bush during their conversation. Bush also commented on the appearance of “Days of Our Lives” actress Arianne Zucker.

Last October, Bush reflected on the situation.

“Two years ago today, my life went from order to chaos in a dramatic instant,” he wrote on Instagram. “I accounted for my small part, while the President and my employer walked away and still haven’t accounted for their actions. These past couple years have been character building to say the least — anxiety attacks, fits of rage, feelings of betrayal and abandonment — and I have concluded that I am T extraordinary. Terrible things can happen at any moment to ANYONE.”

A rep for “Extra” didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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