Today: Willie Geist Leaving Third Hour, Passes Baton to Billy Bush

Citing an overabundance of “hats” to wear, Willie Geist announced on Monday that he is stepping away from the third hour of NBC’s Today.

Listing his commitments to Today’s weekday installments as well as Sunday Today and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Geist said during a group huddle, “I’ve got a big head, but not big enough for all those hats. So I’m going to step away from the third hour of the Today show [and] pass the hat to a guy with another big head, Billy Bush.”

Geist will continue to be seen on Today, during its earlier hours, as well as on Sunday Today and Morning Joe.

Bush’s credits of course include Access Hollywood and a recent on-camera row with Al Roker, as they debated disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s fish tale.