Billy Bush Parts Ways With NBC in Fallout From Donald Trump Tapeby
Billy Bush, who egged on Donald Trump’s boasts about women in a now infamous 2005 video, is leaving NBC’s “Today” show, effective immediately.
“While he was a new member of the ‘Today’ team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family,” Noah Oppenheim, the executive in charge of the morning show, said in a staff memo obtained by Bloomberg. “We wish him success as he goes forward.”
Bush, who was a host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” when he appeared on the video with Trump, had been a rising star at the Comcast Corp.-owned network, joining the morning program just months ago as an anchor in its 9 a.m. hour in New York. He had not appeared since the video became public on Oct. 7. Bush is a cousin of former President George W. Bush.
The TV anchor’s ouster is an example of how corporations aren’t as tolerant of crude behavior as supporters of political candidates can be. While Trump has apologized for saying crude things about women on the video, he has also described the comments as “locker room talk.”
Bush, who had apologized previously, issued a new statement Monday.
“I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues,” he said. “I look forward to what lies ahead.”