Harry Connick Jr. will co-host 9 a.m. 'Today' in place of Billy Bush

Harry Connick, the crooner who has a talk show syndicated by NBCUniversal, will co-host Monday's broadcast of the 9 a.m. hour of "Today," as the company's flagship broadcast network works to staff the program in the wake of a recent controversy surrounding Billy Bush, who joined the program in August.

Connick will co-host with Tamron Hall, according to two people familiar with the situation. Host assignments for later in the week could not be immediately learned. The singer's new daytime program, "Harry," launched September 12.

His arrival comes as NBC News is in the midst of what are believed to be separation talks with Bush. The former "Access Hollywood" host has been enmeshed in an imbroglio since last week's revelation that he took part in banter with Donald Trump in which the current Republican nominee for President discussed how he sexually assaulted women. The chatter was revealed in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that was disclosed by The Washington Post, and has sparked recriminations with NBC News, which had been working a report on the shocking contents of the outtake.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15: (L-R) Contestant Quentin Alexander, host Ryan Seacrest and judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 6 Revealed on April 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: (L-R) Judges Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 7 Revealed on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Judge Harry Connick Jr. onstage during 'American Idol' XIV Grand Finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: (L-R) Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 8 Revealed on April 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIV: L-R: Harry Connick, Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on AMERICAN IDOL XIV airing Thursday, March 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Harry Connick, Jr. arrives at 'American Idol' XIV grand finale held at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: (L-R) Finalist Nick Fradiani, judge Harry Connick Jr., and host Ryan Seacrest onstage during 'American Idol' XIV Grand Finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Judge Harry Connick Jr. performs onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Finale on May 13, 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: Judge Harry Connick Jr. performs onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 4 Revealed on April 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Musicians Keith Urban (L) and Harry Connick Jr. arrive at Fox TV's 'American Idol XIV' finalist party at The District on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIV: TOP 8 Girls: L-R: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr, in the all-new Top 8 girls Perform episode of AMERICAN IDOL XIV airing Thursday, March 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / PT on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIV: (L-R) Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, host Ryan Seacrest and judge Harry Connick, Jr. AMERICAN IDOL XIV returns with a special, two-night, three-hour premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
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Use of Connick shows NBC's "Today" reaching outside its "family" of correspondents for a substitute. Carson Daly, who has co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour this week, is believed to be out next week, as is the hour's other co-host, Al Roker.

Interestingly, "Today" has not yet called upon Willie Geist, who left the 9 a.m. hour as Bush arrived. Geist has been hosting a revamped edition of "Today" on Sunday mornings and continues his work on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: NBC News' Billy Bush in conversation with Jeff Rossen for SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush arrives for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Billy Bush & Olympic Legend Carl Lewis for Speed-Walking Race for Ages at Copacabana beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Access Hollywood )
CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 21: TV personality/host Billy Bush attends the Kaleidoscope Ball at 3LABS on May 21, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Radio host Billy Bush (L) and actress Olivia Jordan attend The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 Presented By Macy's at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush (L) and Bethany Watson at 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Billy Bush arrives at the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) TV personalities Billy Bush and Kit Hoover attend the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: TV personality Billy Bush speaks onstage during Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Honoring Oscar De La Hoya, Michael Rosenfeld And Tom Mone at its Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles)
YOUNTVILLE, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Billy Bush attends the Celebrity Tribute during the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre on November 13, 2015 in Yountville, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Master of Ceremonies Billy Bush attends the imagine1day Visionary Leadership Dinner at The London West Hollywood on October 29, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for imagine1day)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: TV host, Billy Bush attends 16th Annual Ubuntu Education Fund 1 Million to One: Changing The Odds Gala at Gotham Hall on June 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Radio host Billy Bush attends the Farrah Fawcett Foundation 1st annual Tex-Mex Fiesta at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Television personalities Bethenny Frankel (L) and Billy Bush tape a segment at 'Access Hollywood' at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: TV personality Billy Bush attends The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 08: TV Host Billy Bush attends the advance screening of 'Cinderella' benefiting Los Angeles JDRF at Walt Disney Studios on March 8, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY) TV host Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz and Billy Bush -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: EXCLUSIVE ACCESS/SPECIAL RATES APPLY - Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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