Billy Bush ‘furious’ over ‘Today’ snub in seventieth anniversary video


Billy Bush is claimed to be “livid” over his exclusion from a video aired Friday commemorating the 70-year historical past of the “Today” present.

Bush was fired from “Today” in 2016 after footage leaked from his former present “Access Hollywood,” during which he engaged in lewd discuss 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 based on Bush himself, despatched him down a spiral marked by months of heavy drinking, loafing on the couch and crying.

On Friday, a 12- minute video celebrating “Today’s” 70-year anniversary solely added insult to damage, a supply stated, 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 occasions within the video — together with one snippet of Lauer on 9/11 and one other reporting from Egypt, standing in entrance of the Sphinx sporting khaki shorts and shades.

“Billy was livid they included everyone except him,” a supply near Bush stated. “When they chose to include Matt Lauer — who was accused of anally raping a young staff member while on a work trip — but chose not to include Billy, you know something is very wrong.”

Matt LauerMatt Lauer was ousted from the ‘Toady’ Show in 2017.WireImageMatt Lauer in front of the pyramids in Egypt in Today's 70th anniversary videoMatt Lauer appeared briefly in “Today’s” seventieth anniversary video. Here, Lauer is seen reporting from Egypt.

NBC declined to remark. Bush didn’t return requests for remark.

Although Bush’s run on “Today” was quick, 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.

AN image of Al ROker from Today's 70th anniversary videoAn archival nonetheless from “Today’s” seventieth anniversary video that includes Al Roker (heart), Willard Scott (left) and Matt Lauer (proper).

“It is like Billy never existed,” the supply stated, calling NBC a community of “mean girls.”

But some insiders don’t really feel so unhealthy for the anchor, whose presence on “Today” 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 “big ego” and “inflated sense of self,” a supply sniffed.

Billy BushBilly Bush was fired from “Today,” after footage leaked from his former present “Access Hollywood,” during which he engaged in lewd discuss in an outtake with Donald Trump in 2005.Getty Images

In TV circles, Bush, who now hosts leisure present “Extra,” known as “Bully Bush” by some for his demanding methods.

“The ‘Today’ show is like an old girlfriend he can’t quit,” the supply stated. “He’s obsessed. He needs to let it go.”

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