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After the recent leak of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” videotape in which Billy Bush and Donald Trump make lewd and sexually aggressive comments about women, our days have been filled with outrage, Trump’s presidential prospects are all the more questionable, and Bush’s career at NBC has gone up in flames.
According to CNNMoney, NBC is in ongoing negotiations with Bush, reportedly offering him millions of dollars to stop hosting the 9 a.m. hour of Today. Someone privy to the negotiations stated that Bush’s exit could be as early as Monday.
Bush’s lawyer, Marshall Grossman, said on Saturday, “The negotiations are productive in moving the parties away from litigation to resolution. Obviously there is more to be done before all of the terms of an agreement are reached and documented.”
The fact that Bush is getting paid is an embarrassment for NBC, which may be why they declined to comment.
”Everyone is so mad that he’s getting paid,” a Today show staffer said. The morning show is a profit engine and Bush is “another person paid to go away to keep the train moving.”
Bush’s contract was estimated to be worth about $3 million a year for the next three years. He joined the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show only a couple months before the videotape was leaked, which lead NBC execs to decide that Bush could not return to Today.
NBC may have tried to invoke a “morals clause” in hopes of terminating Bush, given his disturbing comments on the tape.
“We were preparing for battle,” Grossman told Page Six at on Friday, “but today we are preparing for settlement.”
Perhaps Bush’s exit agreement will feature a confidentiality or nondisclosure clause that forbids him from speaking about the controversy, but we are still left with the question: will other networks want to hire him in light of this tape?
This previous article from mxdwn covers Bush’s suspension in detail.