Sources say it’s no longer a matter of “IF” but “WHEN” embattled TV host Billy Bush will go from being suspended to being fired by the network. One of those sources said his departure will be announced “in the coming days.”
According to CNN Money, he is effectively already gone.
After being suspended on Sunday night, his name was missing from the 9 a.m. hour graphics on Monday and Tuesday. He and his assistant have not been in the office.
Behind the scenes at the “Today” show, “everyone’s just shaking their head,” said one of the staffers who spoke anonymously for this story.
What’s clearing the way for his removal, a third staffer said, is that Bush is new to the show — “he isn’t really a part of the ‘Today’ show family yet.”
This “family” concept, while easy to mock from the outside, is genuinely important to both “Today” insiders and viewers. The hosts were once dubbed “America’s first family,” and this sense of closeness is important to the audience at home. Plus, the show has a relatively tight-knit staff that has squeezed outsiders out before.
He had a “rocky entrance,” an on-air source noted, pointing to Bush’s weak interview with Ryan Lochte in Rio. “He was in the papers too much.”
Furthermore, “he didn’t ingratiate himself with Al Roker and Tamron Hall,” the other regular co-hosts of the 9 a.m. hour, the source said.
Bush has apologized for his lewd comments, made in 2005 with Donald Trump, but has not made said anything to the media since.
From Seth Meyers (pre-permanent ousting):
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