If you have followed the 2016 elections in the United States, the name Billy Bush might sound familiar as the man who spoke to Donald Trump in the infamous “Grab ’em by the p*ssy” video. While this is most likely what he has always been remembered for, Billy’s life and career have other interesting tidbits. Read on to learn more about American radio and television presenter.
Who Is Billy Bush?
There is a famous Bush family in the United States, and Billy Bush is a part of it. William Hall ‘Billy’ Bush, who was born on October 13, 1971, is a member of the famous Bush family, which also includes former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Governor Jeb Bush.
He was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Jonathan Bush and Josephine Colwell Bush. Billy attended middle school at St. Bernard’s School in Manhattan and attended St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, for his high school education. In 1994 he graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Government.
Billy Bush began his career in public media by hosting an afternoon radio show on WLKZ-FM in New Hampshire before moving to Washington D.C. where he hosted an afternoon show on WARW-FM. In March 1997 the young entertainer moved to WWZZ-FM where he hosted Billy Bush and the Bush League Morning Show.
His path into television began in January 2003 when he hosted the short-lived NBC primetime version of Let’s Make a Deal. He later joined Access Hollywood as an East Coast correspondent. He was promoted to co-host in June 2004. While working at Access Hollywood, he had access to and was present at high-profile Red Carpet events. Among his many accomplishments was hosting ABC’s live pre-show for the Academy Awards for several years.
As a testament to his talent, Billy Bush expanded his correspondence into sports in 2004 when he served as a reporter at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the 2006 Winter Olympics, and later the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Billy Bush has also hosted reality competitions such as Grease: You’re The One That I Want on NBC in 2007 and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in April 2008.
To return to the basics, he finally returned to radio with the Billy Bush Show. The show focuses on top entertainment stories and personalities in the news, featuring celebrity guests and listener calls. His repertoire of events also included the presentation of Miss Universe and Miss USA four times. Esquire Magazine, considered one of the best presenters in Hollywood, named him one of their “10 Men” in July 2005.
On October 7, 2016, Billy Bush became famous when the Washington Post published the video footage showing Donald Trump in an indecent conversation with the radio host. In the footage, Billy can be heard laughing about Trump’s failed attempt to seduce a married woman and lewdly commenting on the performance of actress Arianne Zucker. In this video, Trump discussed a failed attempt to seduce Billy Bush’s former co-host Nancy O’Dell and went on to talk about groping women.
Bush was criticized online and his resignation from the Today show he hosted on NBC was demanded. Although he apologized, NBC suspended Bush from Today on October 9, 2016, for his role in the 2005 video, and on October 17, Bush was fired.
Wife and Kids
In April 1998 Billy married his wife, Sydney Davis. The couple has three daughters – Lillie, Mary, and Josephine. On September 19, 2017, the couple publicly announced that they would separate, and on July 15, 2018, Billy Bush and his wife announced their official divorce due to irreconcilable differences.
What Is He Doing Now?
Billy Bush was devastated by the Trump video and the loss of his job in this process. He has kept a low profile since the incident, but the latest report on him suggests that he is finished with journalism and currently only wants to produce alcohol, or more precisely whisky.
Billy Bush is currently allegedly worth $9 million. The radio and television presenter worked in the entertainment industry for several years before his fall from grace. After he hosted the shows “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, “Let’s Make a Deal” and several other shows, it is understandable how he accumulated his $9 million.