The New York Post reports:
Billy Bush isn’t going without a fight. While NBC bids to ax him over a “morality clause” in his contract, he is blaming NBC for the leak of the tape to the Washington Post, and may even sue. It is believed someone at NBC News leaked the tape to make it public ahead of the debate, because of frustrations that “Access Hollywood” had planned to air it the following Monday.
Page Six reported that Bush bragged to his NBC colleagues about the crude tape with Trump while covering the Olympics in Rio. Now there is an internal investigation at NBC to find out exactly who knew about the tape after Rio.
A source close to Bush told us, “He told people at NBC about this tape. What if there was a transcript of the tape, and high-level discussions about when to release it? Which executives were involved, and why did they decide to suppress the tape until October, when they could have aired it in August? Was it an oversight or a strategic decision by NBC to affect the race? Billy was far from the only person at NBC who was talking about the contents of this tape. On-air talent does not make the decision when to air stories like this.”
From Death & Taxes:
It’s unclear exactly what legal standing Bush has to sue. Based on the above, it appears as though he’s trying to allege some sort of impropriety on the part of an insider at NBC, but he doesn’t know who. At this point, it could be anybody because Bush was reportedly bragging about the tape to a bunch of NBC staffers in Rio months before it went public.
That’s the wild thing about this lawsuit and Bush’s termination — he has nobody to blame but himself. Nobody knew about this thing before he opened his big mouth. He had one of the choicest gigs in the world — getting paid millions to wake up early and shoot the shit with celebrities and maybe some jagoff from the San Diego Zoo — and he threw it all away.