NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016, 8:00 PM
He may have no more tomorrows on “Today.”
NBC News creep Billy Bush could be suspended or fired as a “Today” show host after lewd comments he and Donald Trump made about groping women’s genitals were caught on tape and surfaced Friday, TV industry insiders say.
“It’s really bad,” an NBC News source told The Daily News. “This hurts us on so many levels.”
A shamed Bush released the following statement: “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.”
A high-ranking NBC News official said there were currently no plans to take action to penalize Billy Bush.
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Network officials declined to comment, but a red-faced Bush deleted his Twitter account shortly before the story, along with audio and video of the incident, were released by the Washington Post.
“If NBC doesn’t take swift action on this it could be another Brian Williams-type of moment for the news division,” a prominent Hollywood agent said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because so many of the executive’s clients currently work at the network.
A high-ranking NBC News official said there were currently no plans to take action to penalize Bush.
Brian Williams lost his high-profile job as the anchor of “Nightly News” last year after he was called out by Iraq veterans for embellishing stories from his time covering them on the battlefield,
But Williams lost his high-profile job as the anchor of “Nightly News” last year after he was called out by Iraq veterans for embellishing stories from his time covering them on the battlefield, but NBC News executives moved slowly to suspend him, drawing further criticism.
Bush, a cousin of president George W. Bush, joined “Today” as a host for its 9 a.m. hour last May. He had been the co-host of “Access Hollywood” since 2005.
In the crass, newly uncovered Trump tape, Bush and Trump seemed unaware that a microphone was on as they sat aboard a bus on the set of “Days of Our Lives.”
The pair had been filming an “Access Hollywood” segment about Trump’s guest appearance on the show.
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything.” It was not clear who Trump was talking about.
The GOP candidate for President added, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful (women) — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”
When the duo exit the bus in the video, Billy Bush asks Arianne Zucker to give both of them hugs.
(The Washington Post)
Trump and Bush then remarked on the attractiveness of “Days of Our Lives” actress Arianne Zucker, who was waiting outside the bus.
Seconds later, when they exit the bus, Bush asks Zucker to give both of them hugs.