Liberal entertainment site TMZ is reporting what many Americans suspected. NBC had the misogynistic Donald Trump/Billy Bush video for a long time. When they first got ahold of it, they felt it was too early in the campaign to release it right away. Instead they planned its release just before the second debate when it would have the maximum damage to the Trump Campaign.
Multiple sources connected with NBC tell us … top network execs knew about the video long before they publicly said they did, but wanted to hold it because it was too early in the election. The sources say many NBC execs have open disdain for Trump and their plan was to roll out the tape 48 hours before the debate so it would dominate the news cycle leading up to the face-off.
As we reported, Billy Bush was bragging about the tape — in front of NBC execs at the Rio Olympics — in early August. NBC says it’s only known about the tape for a little more than a week.
We’re told the plan was to edit the tape to keep the focus on Trump and not Billy. “Access Hollywood” we’re told was not going to air the portion where Trump and Billy got off the bus and Billy goaded Trump and the soap star to hug. Our sources say the tape was going to be “sanitized” to protect Billy as much as possible.
Case in point … after The Washington Post ran the story, ‘Access’ aired their footage and cut out the parts where Billy looked worse — saying things like, “Jeez! Your girl’s hot as s*** in the purple!”
Apparently NBC’s plan got hurt by Hurricane Matthew, management decided that the effect of the Trump story they had been holding off on, would be ruined by the hurricane coverage. So instead of releasing it before Sunday’s debate they decided to hold off until the Monday after the debate.
It didn’t sit well with some staffers who wanted it out pre-debate, so it was leaked to the Washington Post. As one source put it, “NBC really screwed Billy. They had no problem with him on the tape ’till it got leaked.” The source goes on to say there was never a peep about disciplining Billy until the full tape got leaked.
The “screwing” of Billy Bush seems even greater when one realizes he’s been suspended and according to the scuttlebutt is being fired. All for an eleven-year-old tape that the network knew about for at least ten weeks…