Billy Bush officially leaves NBC amid Trump tape fallout
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“Today” show host Billy Bush is officially leaving NBC in the wake of the 2005 tape that revealed a conversation he and GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE had that included lewd comments about groping and kissing women without their consent.


In a note to “Today” show staff on Monday, NBC announced Bush would be leaving the 9 a.m. block of the show effective immediately. While he was a new member of the “Today” show, the network noted that Bush has been a long-time NBC staffer and wished him success in the future.

Bush was host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” when he laughed along as Trump bragged about making advances on a married woman and using his celebrity status to get away with sexual misconduct.

Since the audio leak surfaced last week, Bush has apologized for the comments and expressed regret, saying he was “embarrassed and ashamed.”

“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 said in a statement Monday. “I look forward to what lies ahead.”

According to Page Six, Bush reportedly bragged to other NBC staffers about the tape while working on the Rio Olympics this summer but apparently never told the network’s leadership.

The tape prompted an avalanche of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, and dozens from within his own party either rescinded their support or called on Trump to withdraw from the race.