At least someone is taking responsibility for unacceptable behavior.
On Monday’s “Today” show, Al Roker and Tamron Hall noted that co-host Billy Bush was suspended from the show for his part in the leaked recording of a lewd conversation with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
At the start of the third hour of the morning news show, which Bush typically co-hosts, Roker said, “NBC, which owns ‘Access Hollywood,’ has suspended Billy for his role in that conversation, pending further review.”
In memo to staff, “Today” executive Noah Oppenheim wrote that there is “simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape.”
The 2005 recording, obtained by the Washington Post, captured a conversation between Trump and Bush before taping a segment for “Access Hollywood” in which Trump bragged about kissing and groping women without their consent because of his status as a celebrity. Bush egged him on, even as the conversation turned from apparent sexual assault to Trump revealing his plans to “seduce” Bush’s “Access Hollywood” co-host Nancy O’Dell, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Trump issued a video apology Friday for his remarks and described the exchange as “locker room talk” during Sunday’s presidential debate.
Bush also apologized on Friday in a statement released by NBC News: “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” said Bush, who was 33 at the time. “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.”
GO, BIG BROTHERS!
Food truck entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” alum Sabin Lomac — and 2016’s Big Brother of the Year — is slated to speak at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay’s gala Saturday in Tiburon, at a bash emceed by former Big Brother Spencer Christian of ABC7 News and with an appearance by soulful Mississippi-born, California-based “America’s Got Talent” finalist Lawrence Beamen.
Speaking of Lawrences, Lomac has mentored Lawrence Pittman, for four years, since the boy was 13. Lomac has lots of experience with the group. More than 20 years ago, the co-founder of Cousins Maine Lobster was little brother to a 22-year-old Coast Guard worker Steve Lacovara.
Lomac says, “If Steve had not come into my life at the time he did, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.”
“Divergent” star Shailene Woodley, who was among hundreds of demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, was arrested on Monday in Sioux County, North Dakota.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 31. … Actor Jane Krakowski is 48. … Actress Joan Cusak is 54. … Football player Steve Young is 55. … Actor David Morse is 63. … Singer Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates is 70. … Actor Ron Leibman is 79.
— Staff, wire reports