NBC to fire Billy Bush over tape of Trump remarks

Billy Bush is out at “Today” multiple sources tell Page Six — but NBC News is carefully weighing when to make the announcement.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07:  Television personality Billy Bush moderates the HRTS Presents Newsmaker Luncheon: Cable Programming Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)

An NBC insider told us: “He is technically fired. It’s just a matter of time. NBC isn’t ready to announce it yet. They are negotiating his exit.”

Bush was suspended from “Today” on Sunday.

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Another source close to the network told Page Six: “Billy is done. He is out, but they don’t want to announce anything yet because NBC was burned by the Ann Curry debacle and they are trying to figure out how to do this.” The source added: “They don’t have any incentive to announce this immediately. Each day that goes by” — and gets further from the Donald Trump scandal — “it gets easier,” to announce.


The source added NBC staffers fear there could be more damning tape of Bush than just his now-infamous “Access Hollywood” outtake with Trump. “Forget about more Trump tape, there could be more tape on Billy.”

Meantime, another source said: “Billy’s being pushed out — it looks like he’s going to get dumped — when the network has stood by people like Brian Williams who lied on the air, and was very publicly supportive of Matt Lauer after the [controversial] commander-in-chief town hall.”



Kim Kardashian West sues over claims she faked robbery

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is suing a celebrity gossip website for claiming that she faked being the victim of a robbery in Paris last week.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and names both the site, MediaTakeout, and its founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga.
The star was tied up by gun-wielding robbers who broke into a Paris flat earlier this month, police say.
They made off with jewellery worth about $10million.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in New York said that after being “the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the US only to again be victimised, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her as a liar and thief”.

The articles, it said, “claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars”.

Mr Mwangaguhunga refused to publish a retraction and an apology “for calling her a liar and a criminal”, the lawsuit added. MediaTakeout has so far not commented.
The 35-year-old mother-of-two, who is married to rapper Kanye West, became a household name thanks to the reality TV series Keeping up with the Kardashians.


Former Miss Arizona: Trump ‘just came strolling right in’ on naked contestants

On an April 11, 2005, airing of “The Howard Stern Show,” Donald Trump bragged about some of the special perks he enjoyed while he was owner of the Miss USA pageant. They came not in a locker room but a dressing room.


“I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else,” he said. “And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore I’m inspecting it.”

Stern replied, “You’re like a doctor.”

Trump responded: “Is everyone okay? You know they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”


CNN broke the story of his Stern show comments.

CBS 2 Los Angeles did a little fact-checking and, guess what, this time, no Pinocchios. Tasha Dixon, Miss Arizona in 2001, told the TV station that Trump just came “waltzing in” while contestants were nude or half-nude as they changed into bikinis.

Separately, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday that four women in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Trump walked into their dressing room while they were changing. Some were as young as 15, BuzzFeed reported.


Three spoke anonymously, and one allowed her name to be used. “I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” Mariah Billado, a former Miss Vermont Teen USA, told BuzzFeed.

Trump, she told BuzzFeed News, said “something like ‘Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.’”

The Trump campaign, BuzzFeed News said, did not respond to requests for comment. And BuzzFeed reported that 11 more women who had been contestants in the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant said they “did not recall seeing Trump in the dressing room. Some said they do not believe he could have been there.”


As for Tasha Dixon, she only confirmed what Trump told Howard Stern, except with detail. She described to the Los Angeles TV station her experience with Trump as a contestant in 2001 in a dressing room where she and others were changing into bikinis:

He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Others girls were naked.

Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis.

To have the owner come waltzing in, when we’re naked, or half naked, in a very physically vulnerable position and then to have the pressure of the people that worked for him telling us to go fawn all over him, go walk up to him, talk to him, get his attention.


She suggested that such opportunities were among the reasons Trump owned beauty pageants.

I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women. Who do you complain to? He owns the pageant. There’s no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him.

The former Miss Teen USA contestant, Billado, told BuzzFeed News she saw Trump’s intrusion as “more of a pompous ‘I own this place’ rather than a perverted thing.”

Below you can hear Trump and Stern in their own voices:



Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson is best known for playing the sassy and brassy Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire, but she’s channeled a less-well-known part of her life — her slow climb to the top — in a deeply personal memoir.


Around the Way Girl: A Memoir is a candid and brutally honest account of her life, she explained on Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts on Tuesday, because, “we need each other as humans. If my life experiences can help someone else in life, why not?”


She continued, “That’s what we’re here for as humans,” she said. We make the world go ‘round. We inspire each other as humans. I can’t even tell you how many stories I look at that keep inspiring me to get up every day and fighting the good fight.”

Henson said her fans were curious to learn more about her life as a single mom in college and moving to Los Angeles with only $700 in her pocket. “They had been reading about my interviews and they had seen me in my interviews, because, you know, I’ve always been candid, and so they’d be like, ‘Oh you had a son in college and you still graduated and you moved to L.A. with $700. How did you do it? You need to write a book. Your life is so inspirational,’” she recalled.


“And it’s like, God put me on the stage and he gave me the mic. What am I going to do? What am I going to do with this moment in life? How am I going to inspire other people? If people will be inspired by my story, little old me, then that’s my duty. That’s my duty as a human.”

After years in smaller movie and TV roles, Henson is now “reaping her harvest” as Empire‘s electric matriarch. “I worked,” she told ABC Radio’s GMA After Hours. “I worked my butt off. It wasn’t an overnight success for Taraji P. Henson,” the actress laughed.


Billy Bush Suspended by NBC Over Trump Tape

US TV host Billy Bush has been suspended from NBC’s Today show after a video tape emerged in which he and Donald Trump made lewd comments.

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Today executive Noah Oppenheim wrote in a memo to the morning show’s staff that there is “simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behaviour on that tape”. Mr Bush has said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” at the remarks.



US presidential candidate Mr Trump has also apologised for the obscene comments made in the 2005 tape. In the video, Mr Trump was on a bus talking to Mr Bush – then host of NBC’s Access Hollywood – ahead of a segment they were about to record. Mr Trump says “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star” and also brags about trying to grope and kiss women.


Mr Bush tells Mr Trump at one point “the Donald has scored” and also comments on a woman’s “good legs”. The presenter, who is the first cousin of former President George W Bush, has since said: “It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”



Top Republicans have condemned Mr Trump for the comments. His election rival Hillary Clinton called them “horrific”. The Republican party nominee has said “these words don’t reflect who I am… I apologize”.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07:  Television personality Billy Bush moderates the HRTS Presents Newsmaker Luncheon: Cable Programming Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 07: Television personality Billy Bush moderates the HRTS Presents Newsmaker Luncheon: Cable Programming Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)

Bush joined the Today team in August, having been anchor of Access Hollywood since 2009 and co-host of Access Hollywood Live since 2010. Mr Oppenheim said that there would be a “further review” of the matter and did not say how long Mr Bush would be suspended for.


Trump Agrees With Howard Stern, His Daughter is a “Piece of A**”

Within 24 hours of the media blitz incurred by the republican nominee, following remarks in which he asserted that women allow him to “grab them by the p***y,” the Trump campaign found itself in damage control again, when a 2006 interview in which he seemingly agrees that daughter Ivanka is a “piece of a**,” resurfaced.


Before concurring that Ivanka has “always been very voluptuous,” Trump gives the shock jock host the nod when asked if she may be referred to as a “piece of a**,” in the Howard Stern Show interview, responding “yeah.” Trump himself had brought his daughter up for conversation, initiating that “My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka.” Trump and Stern had been volleying back and forth on the topic of threesomes, sex during menstruation, and the age at which women are supposedly sexually desirable.


While Trump’s wife, Melania came to the real estate magnate’s defense, saying she was disappointed by the comments, but not enough to see them as anything but a mere distraction, it remains to be seen if the general female public agrees. While his support among women is expected to take a hit among independent women and uncommitted democratic voters, Trump’s objectification of women has been a story ever since he entered the election in 2015. His spats with Carly Fiorina, Megyn Kelly, and his long standing feud with Rosie O’Donnell were worrisome to members of the GOP who projected that he would lose a war of morality with a woman of Hillary Clinton’s stature.


Donald Trump Says Vulgar Things About Women

A new recording of Donald Trump on a hot microphone making graphic and vulgar sexual comments about women has been unearthed by the Washington Post.


In the video, Trump can be heard telling Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush about trying to sleep with an unknown woman, but ultimately failing because she was married. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there,” Trump says. “And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

He says his stardom allows him to do anything to women. “Grab them by the pussy,” he says. “You can do anything.”


The Post reports the recording is from 2005, just months after the Republican presidential candidate married his third wife, Melania.

In a statement, Trump dismissed the video as “locker room banter” and claimed Bill Clinton has said “far worse” things.

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago,” Trump said. “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course—not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”