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“Access Hollywood” staff is bringing you behind-the-scenes moments and exclusive interviews with the stars of the Summer Games, athletes and celebrities alike. Executive Producer Rob Silverstein, co-anchor Billy Bush, and AccessHollywood.com Managing Editor Jeremy Blacklow are on the ground in Beijing bringing you the sights and sounds. Mr. Silverstein also is executive producer for “Celebrity Expose” (My Network), “TV One Access” and “Hollywood Green With Maria Menounos” on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green. A three-time Sports Emmy winner, Silverstein started his career as an executive sports producer at KMOX-AM in St. Louis. Mr. Bush joined “Access” as East Coast correspondent in December 2001, and was promoted to co-anchor in June 2004. Bush also has a new radio show “The Billy Bush Show,” an evening talk and music radio show with Westwood One as well as Billy Bush’s Weekend Countdown. Mr. Blacklow manages AccessHollywood.com, and prior to joining the “Access” team, he worked as a producer at NBC News’ “Weekend Today,” CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” and Time Warner’s TMZ.com.

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High Drama for Phelps Race

August 18, 2008 2:16 PM

Today was exciting around these parts… very, very exciting.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps’ final race–giving him 8 of 8 in ’08, and the most gold medals in Olympic history–was the stuff of legend.

The games are filled with moments–and this was the moment of all moments.

The energy inside of the International Broadcast Center (IBC) today was electrifying.

At 11 AM, dozens of NBC employees were gathered in the commissary watching Dara Torres’ and Michael Phelps’ final races together. There was cheering… sighing… and high drama–it was powerful and emotional. Even though most folks didn’t have tickets to the final races at the Water Cube, this felt like the next best place to be watching the action.

Afterwards, crowds of people were gathered everywhere in clusters around the IBC, just waiting to catch a glimpse of Phelps, as he made the interview rounds --- from Costas, to Brian Williams, to “Access Hollywood” … on to NBCOlympics.com, and soon, to do the “Today” show.

Billy’s interview with Michael was fun and engaging. You can catch it Monday night on “Access”. He asks the questions that are off the beaten track.

Shaun is interviewing Dara Torres right now–she didn’t win the gold, but her two silvers today are nothing to scoff at. I can’t wait to hear how their discussion went. I am outside of the room where the interview is taking place. I think Dara just said that she’d love to be a guest correspondent for Access–how exciting!

Our crews of producers have been everywhere today–and we’re heading out on more shoots tonight; catching up with the U.S. swim team as they finally get to cut loose for the first time, at the Budweiser House, at something called the “Wet Party.”

For the next week, swimmer Amanda Beard will be joining the “Access” team–helping us interview even more athletes as we head into the second week of competition.

It’s amazing to think about how many stories have taken place so far–and how many more have yet to unfold, with 7 full days of competition left to go!

—Jeremy Blacklow

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