Billy Bush is alleged to be “furious” over his exclusion from a video aired Friday commemorating the 70-year historical past of the “Right this moment” present.
Bush was fired from “Right this moment” in 2016 after footage leaked from his former present “Entry Hollywood,” during which he engaged in lewd speak in an outtake with Donald Trump in 2005.
The notorious tape ended Bush’s stint on NBC’s highly effective morning present after a mere two months — and in keeping with Bush himself, despatched him down a spiral marked by months of heavy ingesting, loafing on the sofa and crying.
On Friday, a 12- minute video celebrating “Right this moment’s” 70-year anniversary solely added insult to damage, a supply mentioned, noting that the tape included virtually each speaking head who labored on the present — even the disgraced Matt Lauer.
Lauer, who was ousted from NBC in 2017 amid accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, appeared briefly just a few instances within the video — together with one snippet of Lauer on 9/11 and one other reporting from Egypt, standing in entrance of the Sphinx carrying khaki shorts and shades.
“Billy was furious they included everybody besides him,” a supply near Bush mentioned. “After they selected to incorporate Matt Lauer — who was accused of anally raping a younger workers member whereas on a piece journey — however selected to not embrace Billy, you realize one thing could be very flawed.”
NBC declined to remark. Bush didn’t return requests for remark.
Though Bush’s run on “Right this moment” was brief, sources famous that the video was thorough, together with everybody from Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker to Carson Daly, Katie Couric, Ann Curry, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.
The present even unearthed previous black and white clips that includes the likes of Frank Blair, John Chancellor and Barbara Walters.
“It’s like Billy by no means existed,” the supply mentioned, calling NBC a community of “imply women.”
However some insiders don’t really feel so dangerous for the anchor, whose presence on “Right this moment” was scant in contrast with Lauer’s 20-year profession. The 50-year-old Bush, who’s the nephew of the late president George H. Bush, has a “massive ego” and “inflated sense of self,” a supply sniffed.
In TV circles, Bush, who now hosts leisure present “Further,” known as “Bully Bush” by some for his demanding methods.
“The ‘Right this moment’ present is like an previous girlfriend he can’t stop,” the supply mentioned. “He’s obsessed. He must let it go.”