Billy Bush, whose real name is William Hall Bush, joins Tamron Hall and Al Roker on the third hour of the Today show. The 44-year-old host has returned to his native city after many years of hosting Access Hollywood in Los Angeles. In a musical chair concept, Natalie Morales, a former co-host of the third hour, has moved to Los Angeles to be a correspondent on the Today show from the West Coast. She will also have some hosting assignments on Access Hollywood.

Willie Geist leaves Today show

Billy Bush arrived just in time because Willie Geist stepped away from the third hour of the Today show on Bush's first day.

Geist said he was wearing too many hats. Therefore, he passed the baton to Bush. The panel used to be four people consisting of Geist, Morales, Hall, and Roker. Now it is down to only three. The 41-year-old Geist can still be seen on the two earlier hours of Today, Sunday Today, and Morning Joe on MSNBC.

About Billy Bush

Billy Bush is no stranger to his new assignment. He has a long career of radio and television hosting. He hosts his own nationally syndicated radio show, The Billy Bush Show. He was the main host of Access Hollywood before relocating to New York and joining the Today show.

Bush was a contributor for the Today before his full-time assignment.

With a name like "Bush," people might be wondering if there is any connection to the two former United States presidents who have the same last name. As a matter of fact, Billy is related to the presidential Bush family. Former President George H.W. Bush is Billy's uncle. Billy's father, Jonathan Bush, and the 41st president are brothers.

George W. Bush and Billy are first cousins. Jenna Bush Hager, a news correspondent on the Today show, will more than likely work at some time with Billy, her second cousin.

Regis Philbin appeared on the Today show on Billy's first day to welcome him back to New York. Billy became emotional when he listened to his parents' special taped message. They are delighted to have their son back home, along with his wife, Sydney, and their three daughters, Josie, Mary, and Lillie.

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