While it originally appeared as though the host, who took part in the now-infamous discussion with Donald Trump, would be returning to “The Today Show” on Monday, it was later revealed that this was not going to be the case. Meanwhile, Bush’s absence was discussed by Savannah Guthrie, Tamron Hall, and others on the NBC morning show when it aired — but not in altogether definitive terms. All that was said was that he was suspended for the time being.
Now, CNN reports that Bush will likely never be on the show again in the wake of what happened. Meanwhile, a source tells People Magazine that the feeling towards Bush around the set was not altogether positive:
“Ever since [Ryan] Lochte, a lot of people have thought that he was a liability anyway … Tamron [Hall] doesn’t like him and they have always been uncomfortable around each other. Al [Roker] doesn’t speak to him, like at all. There is no love lost there. Matt [Lauer] is okay with him, not friends, but okay. He doesn’t have much of a relationship with Savannah [Guthrie]. So it won’t be a loss to any of them personally if he doesn’t come back.”
Meanwhile, many of Bush’s former colleagues at “Access Hollywood” (where he was employed at the time of the incident) have spoken out in favor of him. Yet, that does not seem to be what matters here. “The Today Show” is a place known for a certain value system, and it is hard for them to justify keeping someone on board known for such a scandal, even if he was not the one saying many of the comments — he was still laughing, even if it was over a decade ago.
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