The former Access Hollywood host is reportedly about to be fired from NBC for a 2005 tape released last week, in which Donald Trump brags about sexually assaulting women. Even though NBC is now apparently irate at Bush, the network knew about his offhanded comments about women for years, TMZ reports. Access Hollywood sources told TMZ that Bush and others in the newsroom often remarked on women’s appearances, and that some of the comments are on tape.
Some of the comments reportedly include, “Man, you look hot today,” “Look at her legs,” and “Man, she looks hot today!” Bush apparently was “particularly impressed” by Gigi Hadid’s and Taylor Swift’s legs, and went so far as to ask Jennifer Lopez about her butt in an interview.
Bush reportedly feels like a scapegoat, since no one at NBC seemed to have a problem with his behavior until the footage was released. TMZ reports that several people knew about the Trump conversation when it happened in 2005, but no one complained at the time. According to “Page Six,” Bush is even considering suing NBC, since he blames the network for the tape’s release. A source told “Page Six”:
“He told people at NBC about this tape. What if there was a transcript of the tape, and high-level discussions about when to release it? Which executives were involved, and why did they decide to suppress the tape until October, when they could have aired it in August? Was it an oversight or a strategic decision by NBC to affect the race? Billy was far from the only person at NBC who was talking about the contents of this tape. On-air talent does not make the decision when to air stories like this.”
Bush is reportedly looking to hire a “high-power fixer” to help restore his image after the scandal, though he apparently refused an offer from Trump to help out with this PR mess.