“TODAY” wasted no time addressing the elephant in the room.
On Sunday night, network execs announced that Billy Bush would be suspended from the show following the release of a 2005 video where he and presidential hopeful Donald Trump made crude comments about women.
Monday morning, “TODAY” host Savannah Guthrie addressed the suspension in a live broadcast.
“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,” Guthrie told viewers.
NBC senior vice president Noah Oppenheim discussed the decision to suspend Bush in an email to staff.
“I know we’ve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours,” Oppenheim wrote. “Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.”
After the video surfaced on Friday, Bush released an apology for his behavior.
“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,” Bush said.
At the time, Bush was 33 and Trump was 59.
No return date for Bush has been announced at this time.
(H/T: E! News)