Billy Bush has officially been suspended from “TODAY.”
Early Sunday, sources close to the show claimed that there were no plans to subject Bush to disciplinary action following the reveal of a 2005 recording in which he and presidential hopeful Donald Trump made lewd comments about women.
“He will never be on the show again,” a source told CNN Money late Sunday evening.
There was an online petition to have the anchor fired from the show, and now the network seems to have taken that idea seriously. Bush is now suspended from the show, and there is no word on how long the suspension will last.
It was rumored that Bush would apologize again to the American people on Monday’s show, but on Sunday night, execs at the network decided to go ahead with the suspension.
Noah Oppenheim, the executive in charge of “TODAY,” reportedly wrote an internal memo to employees regarding the suspension.
“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,” he wrote. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.”
In the controversial video, Bush and Trump go back in forth about women and Trump’s attempt to sleep with Bush’s then-“Access Hollywood” co-host, Nancy O’Dell.
“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.”
Anthony Quintano, who formally ran the social media accounts for “TODAY,” tweeted about the scandal on Friday.
“Another thing to note, a majority of the ‘TODAY’ show production staff is female. Won’t go over well internally to keep Billy Bush around,” he wrote.