"NBC, issuing a statement saying he is "the choice of the network and Monty Hall," has named Access Hollywood and Today in New York correspondent Billy Bush as emcee the new version of Let's Make a Deal. One source close to the production and another auditioner told TVgameshows.net late Friday night Bush was the network's choice to assume the emcee role for five one-hour prime time episodes now apparently targeted for spring or early summer. A planned Jan. 18 premiere was shelved after negotiations broke down with Today weathercaster Al Roker to host. Roker was the original top choice of creator/executive producer Monty Hall. Formerly host of his own “Billy Bush and the Bush League Morning Show” on radio in D.C., Bush is a former correspondent for Extra. He has been East Coast correspondent for Access Hollywood since last December. Tapings are now scheduled for the five hours Jan. 10-11-12 in Los Angeles. In a statement, NBC executive Jeff Gaspin said: "Billy Bush is a rising star, and we are excited to give him primetime exposure. I'm thrilled that everyone from Monty Hall to NBC thinks he's the right heir to the Hall throne." TVgameshows.net has been unable to reach Hall for a comment. In a separate statement, Bush added: "My greatest joy is knowing that lots of people will be seeing this show for the first time. This is a great relief because the fewer people who compare me to the great Monty Hall, the better. Above all else, I hope to make him proud."
I don't always agree with Steve Beverly, but he makes a great, but realistic point in his commentary: I think NBC told Monty to hire this guy, or it doesn't get on the screen. If you had three people with experience audition and "didn't work," then this has Twenty-One (not the scandal, the choosing of Maury Povich as host) written *ALL* over it.
Billy could be great -- he does have radio experience, which one-ups him over Richard Karn, but as the purist I am, Billy-boy's got to earn this IMO.
There's always GSN.
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