Log Out NBC News' Billy Bush records for SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2016 in New York City.(Photo: Craig Barritt, Getty Images for SiriusXM) Billy Bush, 44, was absent from the NBC morning show after the program suspended him indefinitely pending "further review" of his involvement with Donald Trump in a 2005 videotape in which the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, egged on by Bush, graphically discussed groping women.
The show briefly addressed their anchor's involvement in one of the biggest news stories of the election during their coverage of Sunday's second presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, though the coverage did not overtly reference Bush at first.
The tape itself was a major part of the night's debate topics.
Louis referred to "vulgar audio that's thrown (Trump's) campaign into crisis," and during a news recap of the events of the debate referred to the audio as "part of a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush during Access Hollywood, which is presented by NBCUniversal." In a roundtable discussion with Today host Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt (who was filling in for Matt Lauer) and NBC political correspondents Chuck Todd, Nicole Wallace and Steve Kornacki, the tape was obliquely referred to in reference to how Trump spoke about it during the debate.
The news of Bush's suspension broke Sunday night, when a memo was sent to Today staffers by producer Noah Oppenheim and obtained by USA TODAY from a source at NBC News who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter.