NBC has suspended “Today” show host Billy Bush indefinitely for his role in the recently surfaced videotape of Donald Trump comments about women.

An NBC executive said in a statement that “there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape.” NBC has suspended Bush from his job as host of the “Today” show’s third hour, “pending further review of the matter.”

Bush, 44, has been brutalized on his own Facebook page since the tape surfaced. Hundreds of hostile comments were attached to Bush’s last posting on Friday — of him distributing a plate of bacon to “Today” viewers outside of the show’s studio. “You are sickening!” one woman wrote, in a comment that nearly 5,000 had “liked” through Sunday afternoon.

Angering women viewers of a show as important to NBC’s bottom line as “Today” is no small matter. Many viewers upset by 2012’s messy dumping of Ann Curry as “Today” host took it out on colleague Matt Lauer; the show’s ratings still haven’t recovered. Women make up the majority of “Today” viewers, particularly in the last two hours.

Even before this incident, Bush had a rocky start. He was the reporter to whom American swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at the Olympics. When Bush later tried to defend Lochte on “Today,” he was dressed down by colleague Al Roker.

The “Access Hollywood” tape was an embarrassment on multiple levels for NBC News. The news division for days had been aware of the tape from the NBC-owned entertainment show, but was scooped by The Washington Post on Friday when the newspaper was tipped off about its existence and got a story out within hours.

Bush issued a statement on Friday apologizing for his actions.

The tape showed Bush and Trump speaking as the Republican was about to appear on the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives.” From the bus they had ridden to the set, Bush pointed out to Trump an actress, Arianne Zucker, who was there to greet them.

Bush called the actress “hot,” adding an expletive.

“I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump said. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful … I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

“Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” Trump added.

After getting off the bus, Bush asks the actress to hug Trump, then added, “How about a little hug for the Bushy?”

The married father of three is the nephew of former President George H.W. Bush.


Comment via Facebook


Comment via Disqus

How Refugees and Foreign Workers In The U.S. Affects America’s Youth
Media Presenting Manipulated Narrative On Trump
What You Need To Know About Clinton, Illegals and Obamacare
Thanks for sharing!
Register to win! Free DML DVDs and shirts. Plus free iPads, gifts, and more. Enter your email to be eligible. A new winner is picked each week.

Send this to friend