The TODAY show briefly addressed its suspension of Billy Bush on Monday’s broadcast.
“We want to note one other thing: pending further review of the matter, NBC News has suspended Billy Bush, the host of TODAY‘s third hour, for his role in that conversation with Donald Trump,” anchor Savannah Guthrie said. The remarks echo what was said to TODAY show staffers in an internal memo announcing Bush’s punishment on Sunday night.
On Friday, a 2005 video of Bush speaking with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on an Access Hollywood bus to the set of Days of Our Lives was released, in which the two men make graphic comments about women. In the clip, Trump boasts about trying to “f—” then-Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O’Dell and brags that he can grab women “by the p—y” because of his fame. Bush, who was O’Dell’s co-host on the show, calls Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker “hot as sh–.”
Bush issued an apology for his comments on Friday. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” Bush, 44, said.
NBC News had initially said Bush would not appear on Monday’s broadcast of TODAY but left his status open thereafter; the organization announced his suspension just before Sunday night’s second presidential debate.