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In this Sept. 26, 2016 photo released by NBC, co-host Billy Bush appears on the "Today" show in New York. Bush says he's "embarrassed and ashamed" by a 2005 conversation he had with Donald Trump in which Trump made lewd comments about women. Bush, then a host of the entertainment news show "Access Hollywood," was chatting with Trump as the businessman waited to make a cameo appearance on a soap opera. In a statement Friday, Oct. 7, Bush says he was younger and less mature when the incident occurred, adding that he "acted foolishly in playing along." (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)

Billy Bush was fired from NBC in the wake of the Trump tape scandal



After days of negotiations, Billy Bush is officially leaving NBC, effective immediately, according to CNN

Bush was fired not long after the Washington Post published a leaked tape from a 2005 "Access Hollywood" interview that showed the host and Donald Trump making lewd comments about women. 

Bush, who was new to NBC's "Today" show's 9 a.m. hour, didn't return to the show after the tape went public on Oct. 7. 

Bush released an apology statement the same day the tape went public. 

Monday night, Bush released his first new comments in more than a week. 

"I am deeply grateful for the conversations I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues," he said. "I look forward to what lies ahead."

Bush's spokesman declined to comment on whether the terms of his exit from NBC allow him to take a new job right away, according to CNN. 

It is also unclear whether he is allowed to speak publicly about the controversy and how it led to his exit from NBC. 

Noah Oppenheim, who is in charge of the "Today" show released a statement saying: "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."

Bush's lawyer, Marshall Grossman, said over the weekend that negotiations between Bush and NBC were "productive." 

NBC has not yet said who will replace Bush on the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show. 

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