Billy Bush has been officially fired from the Today show. Bush was previously suspended indefinitely from the show, prompting rumors that he'd be fired, after an Access Hollywood tape leaked featuring him and Donald Trump making lewd comments about women including Trump's horrifying "grab them by the pussy" line.
In a statement to employees, NBC confirmed Bush's departure: "Billy Bush will be leaving the Today show's 9 a.m. hour, effective today. While he was a new member of the Today team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward."
Bush, formerly of Access Hollywood fame, joined Today this past August. Bush released a statement of his own, saying: "I am deeply grateful for the conversations I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead."
After the Trump tape leak, Today boss Noah Oppenheim called Bush's language and behavior inexcusable. However, sources later toldTMZ that NBC bosses had previously had no problem with Bush's inappropriate behavior— he reportedly made offensive and inappropriate remarks about women, saying things like, "You look hot today."
Yesterday, Twitter trolled Bush, completely making up a story that he was donating the rumored $10 million he would get from NBC in a settlement to women's charities.