A behind-the-scenes look at Access Hollywood, Part 2

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

It's 10:30am on the Access Hollywood sound stage. Hosts Billy Bush and Shaun Robinson finish up in the make-up chair and prepare to shoot the day's show for the next two and half hours. That will then be edited down to only 22 minutes for the night's broadcast.

Behind the scenes it's a lot of work, and a lot of fact-checking by people who know how entertainment news works.

“I come from a news background,” Robinson said. “We have people here who have news backgrounds and it's very important to us to get the story right.”

It's a fast-paced news-gathering operation where every second counts and no details are over-looked.

“If I want to get laughed at on twitter,” Bush added, “what I do is I put out, ‘By the way, I follow the same guidelines as Brian Williams and Matt Lauer,’ and people go 'ohh haha' - well, it's true.”

But Access Hollywood isn’t just the latest entertainment news –there’s actually a lot of history around it. The AC soundstage is where they filmed the tonight show hosted by the late, great Johnny Carson.

The seats are still in place, but the focal point is the state-of-the-art 4-story set complete balconies, staircases, and dozens of flat screen monitors.

“This thing is a cardboard house,” Bush said. “You blow on it hard enough it will all fall over. It's well lit, it's beautiful.”

Executive Producer Rob Silverstein has been with the show from the beginning and says delivering on promises to viewers has been the key to 15 years of success.

“The celebrities know we're going to get the story right. We have the credibility that they want,” Robinson said. “Everyone is very dedicated to this show, and they love what they do and they want to make it the best show possible.”

“We'll deliver it to you in a fun way,” Bush added. “We'll have a great time doing it, you have a great time watching it. You know what I mean? We get it.”

You can catch Access Hollywood every weeknight at 7:00 on WNDU.


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