TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchors Tamron Hall, Billy Bush and Al Roker with Kate McKinnon on Monday, September 26, 2016 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for Billy Bush is defending the TV personality’s part in a lewd 2005 exchange with Donald Trump.

Marshall Grossman told The Hollywood Reporter that Bush would have been fired from his then-job with “Access Hollywood” if he’d been passive or told Trump to shut up.

Grossman noted Bush was a NBC Universal employee talking with NBC’s “The Apprentice” star.

The attorney, who was quoted by the trade paper online Thursday, declined comment when reached by phone.

Bush, who joined NBC News’ “Today” as a co-host in recent months, was suspended after the tape became public last week. NBC is said to be privately negotiating his exit.

Both NBC and “Access Hollywood” declined to comment on the report. A publicist for Bush didn’t immediately respond when asked for comment.

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2 thoughts on “Billy Bush Lawyer: Bush Risked Firing If He Rebuked Trump

  1. Tim Green on said:

    In a similar situation 95% of people wouldve responded the EXACT SAME WAY Bush did, how many of us have been around a person in a position on power & hear them say some very ignorant shit behind closed doors?? Military? Corporate? Entertainment? … You can “check” people like that, win the battle & lose the war, or just ignore their ignorance & keep on feeding your family, personally I choose to feed my family

  2. specialt757 on said:

    He’s white so…he will be working next week on another show or maybe his homeboy Trump will hire him. After all he has the complexion for the protection.

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