'Today' Co-Host Willie Geist to Take Over Revamped Sunday Edition
He will continue to co-host the 9 a.m. hour of weekday 'Today' and also appear on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.'
Today co-host Willie Geist is adding a Sunday shift to his work on the NBC morning show.
Starting in April, Geist will take over a revamped version of Sunday's Today show, which will be designed to play to his strengths in politics and also as a humorist. The move was first reported by the New York Post's Page Six.
The move will begin next month, an NBC News executive tells The Hollywood Reporter. The current Sunday Today team of Erica Hill, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones will continue to anchor the Saturday iteration of the NBC News franchise.
Geist will continue to co-host the 9 a.m. hour of weekday Today and also appear on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Geist added Today to his duties, which also currently includes coverage on NBC Sports including the Olympics, in 2012, when he was added to the 9 a.m. hour with Natalie Morales and Al Roker. Tamron Hall joined the show in 2014. He often fills in on the flagship 7-9 a.m. program when Matt Lauer or other principal anchors are away.
The weekend editions of Today have been without a permanent male co-anchor since Lester Holt left the weekend edition of the morning show when he was officially named the Monday-Friday NBC Nightly News anchor.
Sunday Today has long been a target for improvement inside NBC News. The CBS News franchise CBS Sunday Morning dominates the time period and gives its lead-out, John Dickerson's Face the Nation, a powerful leg up on its competition, although NBC News has seen improvement on Meet the Press since Chuck Todd took over.
There also have been discussions inside NBC News about bringing Access Hollywood host Billy Bush into the Today franchise on a regular basis, possibly in the 9 a.m. hour.