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Billy Bush is leaving NBC after his involvement in a vulgar tape with Donald Trump that leaked Friday, CNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting.
Bush, who has served as a cohost on NBC’s “Today” show in the 9 a.m. hour since August, is negotiating his exit, according to CNN’s sources.
One source told the news channel that the network will announce Bush’s departure “in the coming days.”
Neither Bush nor his assistant has been in the office this week, according to CNN.
Despite the CNN report, a person with knowledge of the situation told Business Insider that NBC News is still reviewing the matter.
There are some matters still reportedly under investigation. Bush allegedly bragged about the tape back in August, but didn’t inform officials at NBC News of its existence at the time.
NBC Universal claims “Access Hollywood” reported the tape to NBC News on October 3. Before going public with it, NBC News vetted the tape with legal in the days that followed. Meanwhile, the tape was leaked to The Washington Post, and the newspaper released the video.
Bush is featured heavily with Trump in a video from 2005 that surfaced on Friday. The recording shows Trump, who was newly married to Melania Trump at the time, boasting of trying to sleep with a married woman. Bush is heard egging him on. “Access Hollywood” identified the woman Trump was referring to as Nancy O’Dell, a current “Entertainment Tonight” host. She and Bush formerly hosted “Access Hollywood” together.
Trump also talked about being able to “grab” women “by the p—y” or kiss them because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” All the while, Bush eggs on the real-estate mogul.
Both Trump and Bush apologized for the tape over the weekend but are still dealing with the repercussions of what was said. Many Republicans withdrew their support of Trump, and polls show him now trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits.
Meanwhile, Bush has been suspended from “Today,” pending further review. Lester Holt replaced Bush on Monday, and Carson Daly replaced him on Tuesday.