NBC News fired “Today” show host Billy Bush after he was caught on a hot mic in conversation with Donald Trump before an “Access Hollywood” appearance in 2005. On the tape, Bush was heard laughing as Trump talks about fame enabling him to sexually assault women.
Bush had been suspended at the morning show two days after the 2005 tape was reported on Oct. 7. NBC and Bush’s representatives had since been negotiating terms of his exit before the announcement.
The settlement with NBC did not include a non-compete clause, meaning Bush “is a free agent,” his lawyer, Marshall Grossman told the Associated Press. Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential, But according to The New York Post, which cited NBC sources, Bush may have received about $10 million from the network, since the remainder of his 3-year contract is worth $3.3 million a year.
NBC made the announcement of his firing in a note from “Today” show top executive Noah Oppenheim to his staff. Oppenheim called Bush, who spent 15 years at “Access Hollywood,” ”a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward.”