Wednesday, April 17, 2024

TOLD YA (Twice): Mario Lopez Going to “Access Hollywood” as Billy Bush Gets Paid Back by Trump and Fox Takes Over New “Extra” Propaganda Show


Told you in May that Mario Lopez was on his way to Access Hollywood.

I told you in February that “Extra” was being retooled as a Fox propaganda show.

This is what’s happening: Fox TV, owned by the Murdochs, is taking over “Extra” and renaming it “Extra! Extra!” The Murdochs hired Billy Bush as host, out of work since the “grab the p**sy” incident and the “Access Hollywood” tape. This was Donald Trump making sure Billy was taken care of. It’s called payback. Billy never turned against Trump after losing his “Today” show gig. He lost his marriage, but hey, that can be remedied.

Mario Lopez heads over to “Access Hollywood,” where he’llĀ  be a hit with Kit Hoover, my old pal from Fox News. They will make a great team, and Mario is made whole on a bad deal. Also, he’s very good at his job, nice as pie, and will drive “AH” ratings.

“Extra! Extra!” hired Trump lackey Sean Spicer earlier this year to do puff pieces on hideous subjects like Kellyanne Conway. There will be more of that starting in the fall as Trump is aided and abetted by Fox. Now we’ll have to watch and see if “Extra! Extra! becomes “A Current Affair” or some other Fox tripe shilling for Trump. Let the games begin!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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