On Monday afternoon, ET confirmed that Bush was leaving Today
, following the release of a 2005 tape in which he's heard laughing and joking as Donald Trump makes lewd comments
about women. "Billy Bush will be leaving the Today
show’s 9am hour, effective today," the morning show's senior VP Noah Oppenheim wrote in an internal memo to the program's staff. "While he was a new member of the Today
team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward."