'Access Hollywood Live' Star Kit Hoover Talks Billy Bush and Her Obsession With Jennifer Aniston
By Tracey Harrington McCoy Posted Sep 28th 2010 07:45PM
"I can't believe I just turned 40 and I got my dream job! I'm so excited about this show," Hoover says. "I've always been a huge fan of 'Access Hollywood' and Billy Bush. I can't wait to get started!"
PopEater caught up with Hoover after a few weeks on the job and asked her about working with Billy Bush, moving to the west coast and who she's dying to interview. Here's what she had to say...
Congrats on your new gig, Access Hollywood Live! How is shooting going so far?
Fantastic. I still can't believe my luck that I get to come in, hang out with Billy Bush and talk entertainment all morning! This is just what I did at home in Connecticut with my girlfriends but now I'm doing it on TV and having so much fun.
The show is great--we're big fans. How did you get involved?
My background is live television and between ESPN, MTV and being a mother of three, they decided to take a chance on me. Life is funny sometimes - 10 years ago I met with Rob Silverstein, our Executive Producer, for a job and did not get hired. I asked him, "so why now?" and he says, "because now you have a story and life experiences." I still don't think he knew what he was getting into hiring me--there's no editing in live TV and I botch every name that's thrown my way! Either way, I'm so grateful to be involved in the show and having a blast so far.
We know you made a big move to Los Angeles from the east coast. Tell us, was it a hard decision to make? Do you like your new home? What's been the most surprising difference between the two coasts?
I was very nervous with the move to the west coast. I am an east coast girl all the way, and was completely content in Connecticut with life there with my three kids and husband. We had just finished building our dream home and the kids loved their school. In the end, it was a family decision and I'm so thankful that everybody was on board and supportive to let me give this job a go, as it was truly a dream come true and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
In making the big move, we promised the kids a home with a pool (total bribery!) and we all love LA but laugh at the way people eat here... burgers wrapped in lettuce? Sushi wrapped in cucumber with no rice? Flax seed, whey protein, acai... what are all these things? Don't worry, I'm still a burger and fry kinda girl and always will be!
You're co-hosting 'Access Hollywood Live' with Billy Bush: had you met him before this? What's it's like working with him?
I am madly in love with Billy--in a professional brother-sister way of course! He is so fun to work with every day and keeps me laughing. He's constantly pulling crazy pranks on me during the show and while we're on set. Our chemistry was undeniable from day one and we just clicked. Everybody knows how good he is on the air, but he had my husband and I over for dinner and he is also such an amazing dad. He's been married to his fabulous wife Sydney for a gazillion years and he has three of the cutest girls I've ever seen. You can tell, they're the real deal family, no Hollywood BS there and I admire him for that.
Who's the most interesting celebrity you've interviewed so far and why? The least interesting?
David Hasselhoff was so much fun because I love people that can laugh at themselves and he is totally in on the joke. I also have to throw out Rick Fox because he was such a trooper to come on the show and admit that we made out 20 years ago in college. By the way, I was 30 pounds heavier (that's a lot of beer!) had a full unibrow and was not cute.
Any celebrities you're dying to interview?
I'm totally obsessed with Jennifer Aniston. My friends and I call a cute outfit a "J.A. look"--and I totally think we could be friends... Call me Jen!
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