Billy Bush is officially out at NBC. The host was given the ax following the leaking of tapes from 2005, showing conversations he had objectifying women with Donald Trump. Billy has been suspended since Oct. 9, and now a settlement has been reached nixing him from ‘Today.’ Here’s the scoop.
The fat lady must be singing, because Billy Bush’s time at NBC is OVER! TMZ learned on Oct. 17 that a settlement has finally been reached to take him off the Today Show roster after he embarrassed the company and himself by engaging in “locker room talk” AKA incredibly sexist and derogatory comments towards women with Donald Trump.
The news outlet learned that Billy and NBC reached a “financial settlement” to release Billy from his contract. A source tells them that NBC paid handsomely, but did not offer the exact figure. Though just days before, estimates were as high as $10 million, since in August he 3-year deal for $3.5 million per year. Billy had allegedly talked to his bosses about the tape months ago and was not punished, so he believes it’s unfair that he’s getting fired.
“I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues,” said Billy in a statement. “I look forward to what lies ahead.” We’re glad that he’s at least learned something from all of this.
This follows the tapes that came out on Oct. 7, showing Billy speaking to Donald Trump on a bus when Billy was 33. They were recorded stating degrading comments to women — the presidential candidate joked about cheating on (pregnant at the time) wife Melania Trump, and saying that because he was a celebrity, he could do anything he wanted to women, including “grab them by the p–sy.” Donald also told Billy that he had tried picking up Nancy O’Dell, friend of Billy’s, while she was married.
Almost immediately, Billy issued a statement. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along,” he said. “I’m very sorry.” Afterward, he was placed on suspension on the Today show, while Carson Daly temporarily filled in.
“The network and producers are going to have to decide if he’s such a liability that they have to take stronger action. Does anyone tune in to Today to watch Billy? Probably not really. So if he leaves, it’s not a big deal,” insiders told People magazine. “The feeling is, ‘Is he so compromised that he can’t be a neutral journalist? Can people see him as being a professional?’ It really seems like it’s time for him to go. We’re all waiting to see what happens.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked he was fired?