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NBC Suspends Billy Bush After Sexist Conversation with Trump Goes Viral

NBC Today show host, Billy Bush (cousin of former President George W. Bush), has been temporarily suspended. On Friday, Bush issued an apology for participating in a conversation with Trump where both men made aggressive comments about women without realizing their mics were on. Bush laughed as Trump spoke about sexually assaulting women. When actress Arianne Zucker appears to escort the men to the soap opera set, they immediately start dissecting her body and discussing her hotness. Trump refers to her as an object when he says: “It looks good.”

When Bush and Trump met Zucker, Bush prodded her into giving both of them a hug. Zucker obliged. Women recognize this act of harassment. Men who lack respect for women make demands of women that they wouldn’t make on other professional colleagues.

NBC initially said Bush would not be reprimanded, but today announced he would be suspended. NBC executive, Noah Oppenheim, said, “Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.” Oppenheim didn’t clarify how long the suspension would be enforced or if it would include pay. The suspension was announced on the Today show.

Arianne Zucker responded to the leaked audio, “I am a strong, independent, hardworking mother, business woman and partner to a great man. I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot affect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character. How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it. In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”

Will Donald Trump face consequences for his consistent disrespect for women? We will find out when women cast their votes in November.

Transcript of conversation recorded by hot mic:

Trump: “I did try and f— her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. All of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

Bush: “Your girl’s hot as sh*t, in the purple.”

Trump: “Whoa! Whoa! I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful…I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Bush: “Whatever you want.”

Trump: “Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”

Bush: “Yeah… those legs. All I can see is the legs.”

Trump: “Oh, it looks good. Oh nice legs, huh?’

Bush: “Oh, that’s good legs.”

*Photo Credit: Access Hollywood

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