On Friday, a 12- minute video celebrating “Today’s” 70-year anniversary solely added insult to damage, a supply mentioned, noting that the tape included virtually each speaking head who labored on the present — even the disgraced Matt Lauer.
Lauer, who was ousted from NBC in 2017 amid accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, appeared briefly a number of instances in the video — together with one snippet of Lauer on 9/11 and one other reporting from Egypt, standing in entrance of the Sphinx sporting khaki shorts and shades.
“Billy was livid they included everyone except him,” a supply near Bush mentioned. “When they chose to include Matt Lauer — who was accused of anally raping a young staff member while on a work trip — but chose not to include Billy, you know something is very wrong.”
NBC declined to remark. Bush didn’t return requests for remark.
Although Bush’s run on “Today” was brief, sources famous that the video was thorough, together with everybody from Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker to Carson Daly, Katie Couric, Ann Curry, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.
The present even unearthed outdated black and white clips that includes the likes of Frank Blair, John Chancellor and Barbara Walters.
“It is like Billy never existed,” the supply mentioned, calling NBC a community of “mean girls.”
But some insiders don’t really feel so unhealthy for the anchor, whose presence on “Today” was scant in contrast with Lauer’s 20-year profession. The 50-year-old Bush, who’s the nephew of the late president George H. Bush, has a “big ego” and “inflated sense of self,” a supply sniffed.
In TV circles, Bush, who now hosts leisure present “Extra,” known as “Bully Bush” by some for his demanding methods.
“The ‘Today’ show is like an old girlfriend he can’t quit,” the supply mentioned. “He’s obsessed. He needs to let it go.”