Billy Bush is in hot water and probably won't be back to his co-hosting duties on the “Today” show following his remarks in a leaked recording of him and Donald Trump about sexually assaulting women.
But it seems that that video is not the first time that Bush has made off-color remarks about women or toward women – it’s just the first time they involved someone running for president.
In the wake of the scandal, a video of a cringe-worthy 2002 "Access Hollywood" interview Bush did with Jennifer Lopez has resurfaced, in which he asked the singer and actress point-blank about her most talked-about body part.
“People have raved about if for years – how do you feel about your butt?” Bush asked.
Lopez was understandably shocked and uncomfortable.
“Are you kidding me? You did not just ask me that … I think I’m insane,” she says in the clip. “I’m dreaming. Billy Bush did not just ask me that question.”
To defuse the situation, Lopez, who was promoting the movie "Maid in Manhattan" at the time, called in Tyler Posey, who was 11 and played her son in the movie.
“Jennifer Lopez is a good sport, although I didn’t exactly get the answer to that question,” Bush continues after the singer has refused to answer his offensive question. At the beginning of the segment, while teasing the fact that he asked J.Lo a too-rude question, Bush looks into the camera while pointing his finger at the corner of his mouth and says, "I'm a bad boy."
It seems as if those words may be true.
Sources told TMZ that for many years his producers at “Access Hollywood” – also where Bush was working when the infamous segment with Trump occurred – didn’t have a problem with the co-host’s off-color remarks.
Since the leak, Bush has been suspended from his duties as co-host for the NBC morning show.
“There is simply no excuse for Billy's language and behavior on that tape,” Noah Oppenheim, “Today” producer, said in a memo announcing his suspension.
Bush has apologized for his involvement, saying on Friday that he was “embarrassed and ashamed.”
"It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” he added.