Billy Bush Suspended from ‘Today,’ Nancy O’Dell to Return to ‘Entertainment Tonight’
An internal memo to NBC staffers from NBC’s Senior Vice President Noah Oppenheim detailed Billy Bush’s immediate punishment following his involvement in the hot mic scandal with presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
“We’ve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours,” wrote Oppenheim in the memo that was sent out on Sunday (Oct. 9, 2016), referencing the tape that surfaced on Friday (Oct. 7) of Bush and Trump engaging in a misogynistic conversation aboard a bus while visiting a soap opera set.
“Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape,” Oppenheim continued. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.”
The duration of Bush’s suspension from Today was not specified.
Bush, who is a cousin of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, released a statement on Friday following the unearthing of the tape. “It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago,” said Bush. “I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
The New York Times reported that Bush’s outgoing voicemail message on his extension at NBC said, “You’ve reached Billy Bush’s office, he’s busy making America great again, please leave a message.” The voice reciting the message was not his.
Deadline confirmed that Nancy O’Dell will return to work on Monday (Oct. 10, 2016) as a host of Entertainment Tonight despite being a subject of Trump’s crude remarks. In the video from 2005, Trump told Bush that he unsuccessfully tried to seduce O’Dell. O’Dell released a statement in response to the scandal on Friday as well.
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” said O’Dell. “When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women.”