Ousted ‘Extra’ co-host opens up about departure, A.J. Calloway accusations

Former “Extra” co-host Tanika Ray, who lost her job to former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, is speaking out about her departure from the program.

  • Ray worked for “Extra” from 2004 to 2009, but then returned to co-host along with Mario Lopez, Renee Bargh and A.J. Calloway.
  • However, in December 2018, NBCUniversal Owned Stations announced it would drop the show, with the show moving over to Fox O&Os in most markets.
  • Meanwhile, Calloway was facing sexual assault and was suspended, though he has denied all charges. 
  • Lopez eventually exited for NBCUniversal’s “Access Hollywood.”
  • Ray claims that she was given almost no notice of the changes before she eventually lost her job, something “Extra” producers deny.
  • Ray also emphasized the opportunity that “Extra” gave her to spotlight African Americans.
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