All publicity is good publicity? TV executives are eyeing Billy Bush just one week after his Today show exit, multiple sources tell Us Weekly.
“Executives at different networks are already discussing if Billy is hire-able and if they can bring him on to any of their shows as a personality,” an insider tells Us.
TV execs, the source notes, are “already talking about where he could be good, when he could be hired, or if the public would need a break from him before bringing him on a show.”
As previously reported, the TV personality, 45, parted ways with the Today show after audio from a 2005 conversation he had with Donald Trump while he was host of Access Hollywood leaked online. In the tape published by The Washington Post, Bush could be heard participating in the conversation and encouraging the controversial Republican presidential candidate, who bragged about flirting with a married woman and grabbing women by their genitals.
Immediately after the audio was leaked, Bush issued an apology, revealing he was “embarrassed and ashamed.”
After his NBC exit, Bush said in a statement, “I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead.”
According to TMZ, Bush reached a settlement with the network for an undisclosed amount. The former Access Hollywood host reportedly signed a $3.5 million a year contract with the network prior to being let go.
“He is really sad about everything,” an insider previously told Us. “He had just moved back to New York City and now his family is going through this.”
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