On Sunday, NBC announced that Bush had been indefinitely sidelined from his gig co-hosting Today‘s 9 am hour after he was heard engaging in a lewd conversation with Donald Trump in an unearthed 2005 tape. “I know we’ve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours,” Today‘s senior VP Noah Oppenheim wrote in an internal memo to the staff. “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.”
An on-air Today source, meanwhile, tells CNN that Bush “will never be on the show again.”
Today co-host Savannah Guthrie addressed Bush’s absence at the top of Monday’s show, confirming to viewers that he has indeed been suspended. Al Roker filled in for him.
Bush on Friday released a statement expressing remorse for his conduct on the tape. “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.”
A Today show rep has not yet responded to TVLine’s request for comment.