Billy Bush suspended from 'Today' over Donald Trump video
NBC has suspended “Today” co-host Billy Bush over his role in the widely-condemned 2005 video that featured Donald Trump making vulgar remarks about women.
It’s an abrupt turnaround for NBC, which initially didn’t plan on reprimanding its newest co-host (he moved to “Today” from “Access Hollywood” in August).
As late as Sunday morning, Bush was still expected to take his chair in the Monday 9 a.m. hour of “Today,” and to reiterate the apology he issued on Friday: “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along.”
But a huge social media backlash against Bush may have played a role in the decision to yank him indefinitely. Noah Oppenheim, the NBC executive who oversees “Today,” told staffers in a memo Sunday that “we’ve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours.
“Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.”
The tape caught Trump talking with Bush before they recorded an “Access Hollywood” segment about Trump’s cameo on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” In it, Trump talks lewdly about his failed attempt to seduce a married woman — later revealed to be “Entertainment Tonight” host Nancy O’Dell — and how Trump can’t stop himself when he’s around attractive women: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Bush appears to agree: “Whatever you want.”
“Grab them by the p—-y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
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Published at Mon, 10 Oct 2016 02:39:00 +0000