Billy Bush will not appear on Monday's TODAY show, RadarOnline.com has learned, as the fallout from his participation in the disturbing Donald Trump tape leaked Friday continues.
CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter blasted a tweet on Sunday night that reflected the producers change of heart on the matter — barely one day after reports claimed Bush wouldn’t be punished for the 2005 tape.
The decision to suspend Bush, at least temporarily, reportedly came on Sunday afternoon when the executive in charge of TODAY, Noah Oppenheim, sent a message to the team about their decision.
“Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape,” he reportedly said. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter."
The 44-year-old came under fire earlier this weekend when the video revealed Bush and Trump having a lewd conversation about two women: entertainment TV reporter Nancy O'Dell and soap star Arianne Zucker. Petitions began to flood social media begging network honchos to fire Bush, but NBC producers were initially silent.
After the tape was exposed, Bush was quick to make a public apology: “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed," he said. "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."
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