This Is How ‘Today’ Show Dealt With Billy Bush’s Departure

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

NBC’s “Today” show hosts Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall briefly mentioned Billy Bush’s departure from the show, wishing him “all the very best” going forward.

Bush was fired after The Washington Post reported on a 2005 recording of Donald Trump making lewd comments to him about women. (RELATED: Billy Bush Out At ‘Today’)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: (BROADCAST - OUT) Natalie Morales, Billy Bush and Al Roker joke on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

“NBC News announced last night that Billy Bush would be leaving the ‘Today’ show effective immediately, noting that he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family,” Lauer said. “And of course all of us here at ‘Today’ wish Billy all the very best.” (RELATED: Billy Bush Suspended From ‘Today’ Show)

“As a longtime member of the NBC family, we wish Billy all the best as he moves forward,” Hall added.

NBC confirmed Bush’s departure Monday night.

“While he was a new member of the ‘Today’ team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family,” NBC executive Noah Oppenheim wrote. “We wish him success as he goes forward.”

“I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues,” Bush added. “I look forward to what lies ahead.”

The former anchor immediately issued an apology after the tape came out and was suspended two days later but never returned to the show.

Katie Jerkovich



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