Billy Bush was already polarizing. His lewd Donald Trump conversation makes things much worse

October 7, 2016 10:34 PM

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Billy Bush was already a polarizing figure for NBC. The former “Access Hollywood” host had a rocky transition when he joined the “Today” show as a co-anchor this summer, thanks to a viral argument with weatherman Al Roker about whether embattled swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about his alleged robbery.

On Friday, Bush’s public image was damaged — perhaps beyond repair — after The Washington Post published audio of a 2005 conversation between Bush and Donald Trump, captured on a hot mic, in which the now-Republican presidential nominee used extremely vulgar terms to talk about groping women.

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