Although syndicated entertainment magazine show Access Hollywood is having a strong season, with ratings up 5 percent from last year, there were significant layoffs on Wednesday.
Sources place the number of employees let go more than 14 staffers. However, there will be no change in the major on air talent, including host Billy Bush.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, an Access Hollywood spokesperson would only say that the show had made “staffing adjustments that make sense for our business and position us well for the future.”
The layoffs appear to be part of a consolidation of parts of Access Hollywood’s staff with that of E! Entertainment. Both properties have been under common ownership since Comcast acquired NBC Universal in 2011.
The layoffs at Access Hollywood hit hardest in the research department, according to a source.
For the season to date, Access’s ratings are a 2.0 in households, which is an average of 2.78 million viewers per day. In the key demographic of women from 25 to 54, the viewership is up 8 percent compared to a year earlier.
Access was also up a smart 10 percent in the most recent sweeps period, in February. Among the five top daily entertainment news magazines, Access Hollywood is in a virtual tie with TMZ, and is ahead of The Insider (1.7 rating) and Extra (1.1 rating).