While there is plenty of conversation out there regarding how the infamous “Trump tape” reveal on Friday will impact the Presidential candidate, there has not been as much regarding the future status of someone else involved. Billy Bush. The former “Access Hollywood” host is now working with NBC’s “Today,” and there are many on social media calling for his dismissal after going along with and at times encouraging Trump’s offensive behavior in the leaked video.
Will there be some sort of punishment handed down by NBC? If so, it won’t come in the way of a direct dismissal. Speaking to People Magazine, a source claims that Bush will not be fired in the sake of the incident, and for the time being “there have been no discussions of any type of disciplinary action.” One punishment that Bush faces certainly comes in the court of public opinion, which has a very different perspective on him now than it did a number of days ago.
In a statement released on Friday, Bush apologies for the role he played:
“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.”
Tonight, we do anticipate that there will be even more apologies handed down in the wake of the controversy by Trump during the second Presidential Debate, one that he may need in order to turn things around for him in the election. We’re not a political site, so there’s no need to go too far down that rabbit hole; the Bush side of things is more relevant to us, given that we are speaking about a prominent television personality who is a part of one of the highest-rated morning news programs on TV. One bit of irony here is that he is the cousin of Jeb Bush, who ran for President against Trump and was an adversary of his during many debates.
Update: Bush has since been suspended. (Photo: NBC.)