CBS and the NFL Network’s Nate Burleson has the potential to be the next Michael Strahan — a former football player who crosses over into entertainment.
Burleson is making the next step in the process as he will be the New York correspondent for Billy Bush’s new entertainment comeback program, “Extra Extra,” when the show launches in September, The Post has learned.
Burleson, 37, has also signed a new two-year extension with CBS to continue on “The NFL Today,” his agent, Mark Lepselter confirmed. He will still be a co-host on the NFL Network’s acclaimed “Good Morning Football.”
“It elevates Nate where he is becoming more and more of a transcendent, crossover talent,” Lepselter said of the “Extra Extra” role.
While that may sound like hyperbole from an agent, Lepselter may be right. In less than five years after a solid, but not spectacular NFL career spent in Minnesota, Seattle and Detroit, Burleson has climbed the TV ladder as part of the NFL Network’s morning success and then as a member of “The NFL Today.” Now, he is moving to entertainment.
Strahan is the measuring stick as he is on a host of programs, including Fox’s NFL pregame show and ABC’s Good Morning America.
“Extra Extra” is the rebranded edition of the long running daily entertainment program that was just known as “Extra.” Its success or failure will be closely watched because it is Bush’s return after being exiled following the release of then presidential candidate Donald Trump’s infamous, “Grab them by the p—y” tape in which Bush, then with “Access Hollywood,” failed to challenge Trump.
Trump went on to be elected president, while Bush lost his job on “The Today Show.”
Burleson, who is married with three children, may have been able to do more for “Extra Extra,” but with his morning show and Sunday responsibilities it was impossible.
“We had to modify his role,” Lepselter said.
“Extra Extra’s” senior executive producer, Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey said she has been eyeing Burleson for some time and believes he is a “crossover star” and called him a “force of nature.”
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