Billy Bush may have gotten the heave-ho from NBC on Monday following the video release of his lewd decade-old conversation with presidential hopeful Donald Trump, but celebrity experts say Bush's days on TV are far from over.
Marc Marcuse, president of Reel Management, believes the 44-year-old father-of-three definitely needs a cool-down period. “Billy was clearly a fall guy for Trump, you just can't be tied to a presidential scandal... and then expect your career to survive,” he told FOX411. “But that's short-term. I would think he's toxic for a little while, but he'll rebound just fine… Billy will probably be just fine once this blows over.”
Dan Gainor, VP of business and culture at the Media Research Center, also suggests Bush lay low.
“The best thing he can do is drop out of sight for a bit. If Trump wins, it will go hard on him,” he said. “If he loses, media will let Billy do penance by embracing a few liberal causes and doing the equivalent of going through reeducation.”
Michael Vick, Charlie Sheen, and Kobe Bryant just a few celebrities who have been able to make comebacks after massive scandals. And Cate Meighan, pop culture expert, is confident Bush will work again especially because of America’s willingness to give second chances.
“Time and again we have watched celebs fall from grace, and if they law low for awhile they often can return,” she said. “Think of Martha Stewart, Paula Deen or Robert Downey Jr. all of those years ago. If Billy comes back, owns his behavior and apologizes without trying to explain things away, he'll be forgiven.
Meighan, however, suggested Bush's options may be limited.
"I think he will work again. He may not be at a top network, but he'll work."
Gainor notes that Bush has friends in all the right places in Hollywood.
“They'll help him out," he said. "They even let Mel Gibson out of purgatory. It just takes time and money.”
NBC’s announcement of Bush's firing came hours after Melania Trump told CNN Bush “egged on" her husband during a lewd conversation that was leaked from 2005.
The settlement with NBC did not include a non-compete clause, meaning Bush "is a free agent," his lawyer, Marshall Grossman told the Associated Press. Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential.