At 44, Billy Bush was making progress toward “Today” show stardom when his brand crashed and burned amid the “Access Hollywood” sex chat with Donald Trump.
NBC suspended him, and social media generally roasted the first cousin of President George W. Bush, who deleted his Twitter account.
The longtime Los Angeles resident’s status was the subject of colleague Savannah Guthrie on Monday, when she confirmed his ouster.
“We want to note one other thing,” she said. “Pending further review of the matter, NBC News has suspended Billy Bush as the host of Today’s third hour for his role in that conversation with Donald Trump.”
Co-hosts Al Roker added: “As you can see, Billy Bush is not joining us today. As you’re probably aware, [he was] part of that 2005 Access Hollywood taping with Donald Trump that’s been in the news all weekend.”
Bush — who has three daughters with Sydney Davis, his wife of 18 years — had no comment beyond his initial apology Friday: “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.”
Many aren’t forgiving him.