Billy Bush leaves NBC after Trump tape scandal

By BBc

US television host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape making lewd comments with Donald Trump in 2005, has left NBC, the channel says.

Mr Bush was initially suspended after the tape – in which he says “the Donald has scored” and also comments on a woman’s “good legs” – emerged.

He has said he is “embarrassed and ashamed” at the remarks.

Mr Trump, now the Republican presidential candidate, has also apologised for the comments.

Mr Bush, who joined NBC’s flagship Today programme in August, left on Monday, an email from Senior Vice-President Noah Oppenheim to staff said.

“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,” Mr Bush said in a statement.

In the video Mr Trump, a prominent businessman and TV personality, says “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star” and also brags about trying to grope and kiss women.

Other Republicans have strongly criticised Mr Trump for the remarks and a series of women have since come forward accusing him of sexual assault.

  

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