Billy Bush will not longer appear on NBC News’ “Today” morning show. The former anchor and host of “Access Hollywood” has been dismissed by NBC’ representatives after the leaking of a salacious conversation with Republican candidate Donald Trump. The 2005 taped exchange exposed Bush laughing about Trump’s statement on sexually assaulting women.
Bush’s suspension occurred two days after contents of the tete-a-tete have been made public on Oct. 7. “Today” show top executive Noah Oppenheim announced the firing officially on Monday. On behalf of the NBC family, he also wished for Bush to find “success as he goes forward”.
A source who wishes to remain anonymous reported that the agreement between NBC News and Bush’s negotiators authorizes the latter to work elsewhere right away.
Bush, a 44-year-old father of three, who had been at “Today” for two months and had spent 15 years at “Access Hollywood”, has since declared he was "deeply grateful for the conversations I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead."