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Carson Daly to Cohost ‘Today’ Show 9 a.m. Hour Amid Billy Bush Suspension

Carson Daly will reportedly cohost the Today show’s 9 a.m. hour Tuesday, October 11, after Billy Bush was suspended for his involvement in the recently released 2005 Donald Trump tapes.

According to Variety, Daly, 43, is set to fill Bush’s spot on the NBC morning show, where he will cohost alongside Tamron Hall on Tuesday. The website noted that it is unclear whether Daly (who currently serves as Today‘s social media anchor) will cover multiple days during that hour.

Carson Daly and Billy Bush
From left: Carson Daly and Billy Bush Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

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As Us Weekly previously reported, Bush, 44, was suspended from Today “pending further review” late Sunday, October 9, just two days after The Washington Post released a video of his lewd 2005 conversation with Trump, 70.

In the footage, the former Access Hollywood cohost is heard egging on the Republican presidential candidate as he brags about hitting on and groping women.

In this 2005 frame from video, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on 'Days of Our Lives' with actress Arianne Zucker (center). He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.
In this 2005 frame from video, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on ‘Days of Our Lives’ with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush. Obtained by The Washington Post via Getty Images

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The video has since caused a firestorm both online and in the political world. Multiple prominent Republican figures, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona senator John McCain, spoke out against the presidential candidate’s actions in the wake of the shocking news.

After the 2005 clip leaked, both Trump and Bush issued apologies for their crass remarks. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” the Today cohost said in a statement to Us Friday night. “It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”

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The GOP candidate, meanwhile, claimed in a Facebook video that his comments were merely “locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.”

NBC has yet to further elaborate on Bush’s fate on Today.

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