Billy Bush allegedly knew about the tapes capturing a lewd 2005 conversation between himself and Donald Trump this whole time! The ‘Today’ show host, according to a source, bragged about the tapes during the Rio Olympics, but never told his higher ups. Uh oh!
“Billy [Bush] was bragging about the tape to other NBC staff while in Rio. If he knew about the tape, and remembered the full extent of such an explosive conversation with a presidential candidate and didn’t disclose that to NBC News, that is a very, very serious problem,” a source told Page Six.
To borrow a favorite word from his pal Donald Trump, 70, Billy was reportedly being totally braggadocios about his 2005 conversation with the GOP presidential candidate at a party in Rio back in August! He allegedly told his fellow partygoers, other NBC Olympic staffers, that he had a “tape of Trump being a real dog.” This is apparently what prompted the Access Hollywood staff to track down the conversation and expose Trump!
“It is not clear if Billy remembered the exact level of vulgarity in the conversation with Trump, or if he instead realized its news value and didn’t declare it to protect himself,” another insider told Page Six. If that’s the case, he shouldn’t have spilled the beans in Rio, because now his career is in jeopardy!
Billy is on suspension from the Today show in light of the sexist conversation he had with Trump on that tape; it wasn’t just Trump making lewd comments! Trump said degrading things about Billy’s then-cohost on Access Hollywood, Nancy O’Dell, as well as Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker, whom he was about to shoot a scene with as a guest star on the soap opera. He also appeared to be talking about using his power to sexually assault women.
The problem with Billy is that he didn’t shut Trump down and defend Nancy; he also said some pretty gross things about how hot he thought Arianne was, too! Billy is allegedly being investigated by NBC for signs of workplace sexual harassment, according to a source, and staff are urged to speak up “with any concerns about [Billy], his inappropriate behavior or frat-boy mentality.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Billy is going to be fired from Today because of the Trump tape? Tell us in the comments.