Billy Bush Might Be Coming Back to Television
Billy Bush lost his job from NBC's Today Show because he engaged in a conversation with Donald Trump on the Access Hollywood bus in 2016 while their microphones were on without their knowledge. Trump explained the conversation was "locker room talk." He went on to become the 45th President of the United States, and Bush was fired even though it was Trump who carried on the lewd conversation.
A lot of people believed then and still believe that Bush received a raw deal. Over two years later, the former anchor could be making a comeback, according to Deadline.
Billy Bush Then
Before becoming a primary anchor on Access Hollywood in 2004, Bush had been a correspondent from 2001 until then. At the time of the videotape incidence in 2005, Bush had been an anchor for the gossip newsmagazine Access Hollywood for over a decade. In 2016 when the scandal was publicized, Bush had just gotten a position on NBC's third hour of Today.
His time on the morning talk show didn't last long after the news was publicized that he laughed when Trump talked about what he could get away doing to women including groping them. Bush later explained that he was immature at the time and it was part of his job to be courteous to Trump who was such a high profile person.
He moved his wife Sydney and their three daughters, Josephine, Mary, and Lillie from Los Angeles to New York. The anchor's parents were happy for their son to move back to where he was born and grew up. Billy lost more than his job. He lost money on the house he was renovating. The scandal took a toll on his entire family.
Because of the controversy surrounding the scandal, Bush and his wife separated on September 19, 2016. On July 15, 2018, the couple announced that their divorce had been finalized. They cited the cause of their divorce was irreconcilable differences after nineteen years of marriage.
Billy Bush Now
Bush has been trying to rebuild his life since the scandal, his firing, and his divorce. He took ownership of his role in the scandal. He has involved himself in daily Bible readings to help him get back on the right track. The 47-year-old former anchor admits that he went through stages of degradation and grief over the end of his career.
Since he lost his job at NBC, Bush has focused on a company he co-founded two years ago. It is a spirits company named Beach Whiskey. One of its brands is American Harvest vodka. It is quite a difference from journalism that he had spent most of his life doing.
Not much had been seen of Billy Bush in recent years because he has kept a low profile while trying to rebuild his life after such a big loss. Back in December 2018, he was spotted at the funeral of his uncle and former President George H.W. Bush.
Job Opportunity For Billy Bush's Future
As far as the future is concerned, Bush might get a second chance to return to his first love. He is in talks to be an entertainment correspondent on the gossip news show Extra that will be on the FOX network next fall.
Extra had been already been acquired by Fox Television Stations in seven major cities that include Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Extra is already airing on the Fox network in Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C.
Before a deal is made with Billy Bush's return to television next fall, some questions must be answered.
First of all, does he want to return to television after the scandal and his time away from the media? Secondly, does Extra really want to take a chance that the program might lose viewers because of the scandal that people still remember?
Some people think he should not return while others still think he should never have lost his job with NBC. Then there is the possibility that since Billy has been out of the business for a while he might have lost his momentum and he might not be comfortable reporting gossip news again since he was once a big part of it himself.
There are several months before Extra begins its programs on the Fox network. Officials will work out the details, and the public will be informed if Billy Bush will have a job with Fox's Extra.