Billy Bush is negotiating a deal to exit the ‘Today’ show after a tape leaked of him slut-shaming women with Donald Trump, according to a new report. Not only that but sources are saying his departure could even come in the next few days. We have all the details, here.
Billy Bush‘s, 44, permanent exit from the networks flagship morning show is imminent — as soon as this week — as he negotiates terms for his departure, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. It certainly doesn’t look good for the once promising host. Since his suspension from the show on Oct. 9, neither Billy nor his assistant have been spotted anywhere near his office, say CNN sources. Not only that, but the scorned TV personality’s name was also totally MIA from the 9 A.M. graphics on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Ouch!
In the disgusting 2005 tape that leaked on Oct. 7, Donald Trump, 70, made lewd remarks about women, discussing grabbing them “by the p—y” and boasting about his fame and money. The presidential candidate went on to brag about pursuing Billy’s then Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O’Dell, 50. Billy joked and bantered with the controversial politician, seemingly amused by the vile comments. Furthermore, his crude actions coincided with what one high-profile Los Angeles-based celebrity publicist observed with his own clients. “He [Billy] was rude and lewd to a few female clients of mine,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I’m boycotting the 9 A.M. hour of the Today show.” Still another publicist who represents a number of A-list female celebrities took to her Facebook and expressed her disgust over Billy. “At last year’s Oscars he was the only interviewer who was downright dismissive of my asking him, very politely, and before the rush of celebrities hit him, whether he’d like to speak to my (nominated) director client,” she wrote. “He actually turned away with a roll of the eyes.”
On Oct. 10, it was revealed that Carson Daly, 43, would be replacing Billy in the third hour of the show, while NBC executive Noah Oppenheim also confirmed Billy’s suspension. “Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape,” his statement read. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.” Fueling the fire was the fact that from the beginning of his joining the Today show, Billy was seen as an outsider and didn’t get along at all with his co-hosts such as Tamron Hall, 46, Matt Lauer, 58, and Al Roker, 62. Sources at NBC told The Hollywood Reporter that long before the Trump tape was released, Billy had “alienated” numerous staff members on Today.
Billy issued an apology on Oct. 7 following the release of the tape, expressing regret and shame over his actions. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” he admitted. “It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.” Too little too late, it seems. The damage from his banter with Donald had already been done, especially since, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy had bragged about his sexist conversation with Donald as far back as summer 2015.
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