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Billy Bush, a host on the âTodayâ show who has received stinging criticism for his role in a video with Donald J. Trump, has been suspended by NBC.
The NBC executive in charge of âToday,â Noah Oppenheim, wrote in a memo to his staff members on Sunday that âweâve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours.â
âLet me be clear â there is simply no excuse for Billyâs language and behavior on that tape,â he said. âNBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.â
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It is unclear how long the suspension will last.
Mr. Bush was at the center of an explosive 2005 video that was released on Friday, in which he is heard laughing and goading Mr. Trump as they engaged in a vulgar and misogynistic conversation about women.
The news of the suspension is a reversal for NBC News, whose executives maintained throughout the weekend that it had no plans to discipline Mr. Bush and that he was expected to address the controversy on Mondayâs program.
But in the two days since the videoâs release, there has been a strong social media backlash, including hundreds of angry comments on his Facebook page, many of them from women.
Mr. Bush released a statement on Friday saying that he was âembarrassed and ashamedâ of his role in the recording. But he added, âThis happened 11 years ago â I was younger, less mature and acted foolishly in playing along.â
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âTodayâ is gripped in a ratings battle with ABCâs âGood Morning America,â and both shows rely on women as a significant part of their viewership.
At the time the video was shot, Mr. Bush was a host of NBCâs âAccess Hollywoodâ and talking with Mr. Trump, then the star of âThe Apprentice,â as he was about to leave a bus to visit a soap opera set.
In the video, Mr. Bush laughs at Mr. Trumpâs most outrageous comments, and the two vividly discuss the physique of a âDays of Our Livesâ actress, Arianne Zucker, who arrived to accompany Mr. Trump on set (âOh, thatâs good legs,â Mr. Bush said at one point).
In a statement on Sunday, Ms. Zucker said: âHow we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it.â