In an interesting turn of events—though after this past week what isn't an interesting turn of events—Billy Bush may have a new gig after being fired from NBC last month. Bush was terminated from his job at the TODAY show for his involvement in Donald Trump's "grab them by the pussy" scandal. But a report in the New York Post suggests Bush is being courted by Breitbart, the conservative website that went to great lengths to support Trump throughout his campaign.
In case you forgot (you lucky devil) Bush was part of the infamous hot mic tape, which captured a conversation between Bush and Trump on a bus prior to an Access Hollywood interview. The recording picked up a lewd, sexually aggressive conversation in which Trump boasted about kissing and grabbing women without their consent. Bush did not himself make such boasts, but was criticized for laughing along and not condemning Trump's comments. Melania Trump said in a lter interviewed that her husband was being "egged on" during it.
What Trump wrote off as just "locker room talk" eventually precipitated Bush being fired by NBC, after initially suspending him. And by equal measure, it tanked Trump's campaign. Just kidding, guys! The comments on the tape, nor the slew of sexual assault allegations that came afterwards — which Trump adamantly denied — appeared to deter his supporters and he's our president-elect now.
But now there may also be new life for Bush. Breitbart News Network is reportedly pursuing Bush to help expand it's entertainment and Hollywood coverage, according to the New York Post Page Six report. “They are trying to recruit Billy Bush,” a media insider of Breitbart told the New York Post. “They want to expand covering Hollywood in a big way — and think Billy would be perfect for the job.” The report noted that a representative for Bush has not responded to request for comment.
It would certainly change Bush's brand if he went to Breitbart, a website that, at the very least, appears to pander to, the "alt-right," a group whose viewpoints are steeped in racism and xenophobia. It's former executive chairmen, Steve Bannon, was named chief strategist and senior counselor to the Trump administration this week. Some of the Breitbart headlines published under Bannon have included "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy" and "There's No Hiring Bias Against Women In Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews."
It is rather obvious to point out that Breitbart would likely offer a very different (to put it kindly) tone from Bush's previous gigs at the TODAY show and Access Hollywood. If this Breitbart offer is, in fact, legit, Bush will have to decide if this is a direction he is willing to go in.