From the man who brought you chuckles while Donald Trump talked about grabbing women “by the pussy” comes some seriously uncomfortable commentary about Kendall Jenner.
Yes, Billy Bush, the disgraced television personality who lost his job on the Today show after Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tapes leaked in 2016, has not learned a single lesson about objectifying women…nor what a hot mic is, apparently. In 2019, Bush was hired to replace Mario Lopez as the host of Extra, and it only took three years before he was caught slipping on the air.
On January 6, the Daily Beast released new audio of Bush, 51, making a lewd joke about the 27-year-old model during a taping of Extra on October 31. The Daily Beast reports that Bush made the joke about Jenner while standing in front of a collage of famous women in their 2022 Halloween costumes. After learning that the model was dressed as Jessie from Toy Story 2, he said, “Kendall goes as Jessie, and believe me, there were a lot of woodies.” Ew.
During the segment that actually aired, Billy Bush instead said, “It’s going to be hard to see Toy Story ever the same way.” Clearly, someone knew the erection joke wouldn’t be received well.
Still, Extra is standing behind its man. “As with many forms of production in the entertainment industry, the show’s creative process allows the flexibility to try different jokes and banter,” a representative for Telepictures, the production company behind the entertainment news program, said in a statement, per Daily Beast. “In the end, some material lands on the cutting room floor, including remarks that may be too edgy to air on broadcast television.”