Sunday 25 June 2017

NBC 'to fire' Billy Bush after Donald Trump lewd tape scandal

Billy Bush has been suspended by NBC (NBC/ AP)
Billy Bush has been suspended by NBC (NBC/ AP)
Donald Trump with Days of our Lives actress Arianne Zucker and former Access Hollywood TV presenter Billy Bush
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NBC is looking to cut ties with Billy Bush after the lewd Donald Trump tape was made public, according to reports.

The Today host's days are numbered at the US broadcasting network and a source revealed to Fox News that "it's just a matter of time" before NBC severe ties with him.

Bush (44) was suspended from Today on Sunday and it's believed that the station is working on the terms of his exit.

In the videotape from 2005, which was filmed during the taping of an Access Hollywood segment, Bush laughs and goads Trump as he makes lewd and sexually offensive remarks about women, claiming he tried to have sex with the woman who was then Bush's co-host, Nancy O'Dell.

Donald Trump with Days of our Lives actress Arianne Zucker and former Access Hollywood TV presenter Billy Bush
Donald Trump with Days of our Lives actress Arianne Zucker and former Access Hollywood TV presenter Billy Bush

While Trump tried to dismiss the comments as "locker room banter", Bush apologised on Friday and said he was "embarrassed and ashamed" and blamed his actions on being a much “younger, less mature” man of 33.

NBC officials initially said that they had no plans to fire him but the backlash from the explosive tape was significant. Bush's Facebook page and NBC's social channels have been deluged with negative comments. Hollywood publicists have also threatened to keep their high-profile clients away from Today if Bush remains, according to claims in Hollywood Reporter.

Bush is the cousin of former US president, George W. Bush and Florida governor Jeb Bush. His uncle is George H.W. Bush.

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