A video commemorating the 70-year anniversary of NBC’s “Today” show included a clip of disgraced host Matt Lauer but failed to have any sign of Billy Bush.
The nephew of President George H. W. Bush was fired from “Today” in 2016 over the infamous leak of video footage from his “Access Hollywood” show at the time that included a lewd conversation in an outtake with Donald Trump from 2005.
Bush was left out of the video celebrating the “Today” show’s 70 years which aired Friday but included Lauer who was ousted in 2017 after allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.
“Billy was livid they included everyone except him,” a source close to Bush told the New York Post. “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.”
The 12-minute video thoroughly included many of the talking heads who appeared on the show’s seven decades on the air, including the shot of Lauer – who spent two decades with the network – reporting from Egypt.
But Bush, who was part of the network for just two months before losing the gig over the leaked tape with Trump, was nowhere to be seen amid the many faces spanning the years, including Katie Couric, Ann Curry, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel as well as Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker.
Black and white video clips from way back in the show’s history included Frank Blair, John Chancellor and Barbara Walters.
“It is like Billy never existed,” the source told The Post, likening NBC to a network of “mean girls.”
Other sources evidently were not feeling so bad for the 50-year-old Bush who is currently a host on the entertainment show “Extra.”
“The ‘Today’ show is like an old girlfriend he can’t quit,” the source said. “He’s obsessed. He needs to let it go.”
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