the former Access Hollywood host was ushered into his new TV family by a near-endless video parade of celebrities and Today cast members, (including Sunday Today anchor Willie Geist, the suavely intelligent cohost Bush replaced at 9 a.m., who graciously addressed him as “brother”), as well as his parents, his wife and three daughters, and—how could it be otherwise?—Regis Philbin.
In an hour largely devoted to everything you wanted to know about Billy Bush—and then some—Philbin also served as a game show host for “Who Knows Billy Bush Better?,” in which Roker and Tamron Hall each slapping a button at a lectern to answer a multiple choice quiz in front of Bush’s crazy-grinning face, competed for…a picture of Billy Bush.
In an extended bit of damage control Monday, Roker reassured viewers: “We got into an argue—er—discussion.” Referring to himself and Bush, he added: “What people don’t know is we’re friends.
He’s the grandson of a U.S.
Bush, and, of course, the second cousin of fellow Today show personality Jenna Bush Hager.