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Billy Bush suspended from "Today" after Trump tape release

Billy Bush won't be on "Today" today. The morning show personality thought to be a possible successor to Matt Lauer has been suspended following the release of a 2005 recording of Bush, then an "Access Hollywood" host, engaging in lewd banter with Donald Trump.

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Bush has apologized but NBC exec Noah Oppenheim told the staff that he's on hiatus, according to a memo Deadline published:

"There is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter."

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