Billy Bush suspended from the 'Today' show following release of lewd Trump tapes

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Days after he was caught on tape joking along with Donald Trump about grabbing women "by the pussy," Today show host Billy Bush has been suspended from the show.

Bush, who was a host with Access Hollywood at the time of the recording, will be suspended "indefinitely," the Associated Press reported Sunday. 

"There is simply no excuse for Billy's language and behavior on that tape," Today executive producer Noah Oppenheim said in an internal memo. 

Billy Bush interviewing Donald Trump in 2015.
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Following the tape's leak, Bush released a statement saying he was "embarrassed and ashamed."

"I was younger, less mature and acted foolishly in playing along. I'm very sorry," Bush said in the statement. Bush was 32 years old when the tape was recorded.

In the recording, Bush can be heard laughing along to Trump's comments, saying "you can do anything [to women]" when you're a celebrity.

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