On Saturday Night Live, the joke was made that the only relevant member of the Bush in this presidential election is Billy Bush, but at this point, Billy Bush likely would prefer that it was someone else. Billy Bush, who recently was promoted to hosting the third hour of the Today Show, has been suspended indefinitely for his part in a seedy conversation with Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
The buzz and fallout of the hot mic conversation between Billy Bush and Donald Trump has been the main news story for days, even bigger than the hurricane that hit the southeastern United States, says the Inquisitr. Trump’s wife Melania Trump put out a statement of her reaction to Trump’s comments that were made while she was pregnant with their child. Melania Trump wore a hot pink blouse to the latest debate that was ironically called a “P***y Bow” blouse by Gucci. This was ironic and seemed to hint at the misogynistic language Trump used on the Access Hollywood bus.
Both Al Roker and Tamron Hall of the Today Show commented today on Billy Bush’s suspension from NBC after a tape was leaked that had him making creepy small talk with presidential candidate Donald Trump, says the Los Angeles Times. The first to comment was weatherman Al Roker.
“As you can see, Billy Bush is not joining us today, as you’re probably aware. Part of that 2005 Access Hollywood taping with Donald Trump that’s been in the news all weekend.”
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Tamron Hall also spoke, indicating that there was no indication when or if Bush would return to the Today Show.
“NBC, which owns Access Hollywood, has suspended Billy for his role in that conversation, pending further review, where that 2005 tape played a big role.”
Al Roker was supposed to be off this week but was called in after Bush was suspended. Billy Bush also released a statement about his role in what Donald Trump calls “locker room talk.”
“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. I’m very sorry.”
But many people are wondering if Billy Bush’s suspension will be made permanent sometime soon. USA Today is reporting that it seems unlikely that Bush will return to the Today Show. Noah Oppenheim, the Today Show producer claims that “there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape.”
Savannah Guthrie, one of the main hosts of the Today Show, who will be going on maternity leave soon, also commented to viewers about the absence of Billy Bush.
“We want to note one other thing: Pending further review of the matter, NBC News has suspended Billy Bush, who now hosts Today’s third hour, for his role in the conversation with Donald Trump.”
Mark Feldstein, a former NBC employee and a broadcast journalism professor at the University of Maryland says that the future of Billy Bush’s employment should be a no-brainer.
“I think Billy Bush deserves to lose his job, not just because of the misogyny of his comments but because he clearly knew about this videotape and the remarks Trump made and concealed it from the public and his bosses at NBC for some time. This is the biggest story of the political season, and he knew about it and did not report it. A journalist’s job is to report the news, not cover it up.”
But by saying this, Feldstein makes the leap that Billy Bush is a journalist, as opposed to an entertainment host.
Do you think NBC will give Billy Bush his job back? Do you think Bush should be back on the Today Show?
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