On Monday, host Savannah Guthrie announced, "Pending further review of the matter, NBC News has suspended Billy Bush, who now hosts Today's third hour, for his role in the conversation with Donald Trump," Guthrie said, referring to the 2005 Access Hollywood recording in which the two can be heard having a graphic conversation about sexually assaulting women.
Although Bush does not have the journalistic stature of a Williams or a Lauer, he's the co-host with Tamron Hall of the third hour of Today, which traditionally has a female-dominated audience and has plenty of women on its staff.
Bush issued a contrite statement Friday night, hours after the tape leaked to The Washington Post (thus scooping NBC and Access Hollywood, which had been planning its own report).
A furious Al Roker subsequently chewed out Bush on the air for failing to call out Lochte.
"Their executives at the top are making decisions that have nothing to do with journalism and are based on political and public-relations PR ramifications.