Willie Geist to co-host third hour of ‘Today’; will retain role on ‘Morning Joe’, but no more ‘Way Too Early’

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Willie Geist, a co-host of … ‘Morning Joe,’ is moving over to NBC’s flagship ‘Today’ show as a co-host of the franchise’s 9 a.m. hour. The promotion is expected to be announced … this week … Geist will be a backup for Matt Lauer, the longtime host of the 7 to 9 a.m. hours of ‘Today’ … Geist will retain a role on ‘Morning Joe,’ likely during the 6 a.m. hour … He will stop hosting ‘Way Too Early,’ the 5:30 a.m. newscast that has preceded ‘Morning Joe’ for the last few years. … [H]e was hired [at NBC] seven years ago to produce Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC talk show.  Carlson frequently put him on the show … As a 9 a.m. co-host, Geist will join Natalie Morales, Al Roker and his friend Savannah Guthrie.

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