A show source previously told PEOPLE that the morning show could have a "mutiny" on its hands from its female staffers if Bush wasn't disciplined in some way.
The tape, which became public late last week, was recorded in 2005 when Bush was co-host of NBC's entertainment show "Access Hollywood".
In addition to suspending Bush, NBC has removed his name from the "Today" show graphics and removed his image from digital billboards featuring the rest of the show's on-air talent. That comment set off a search for the tape, the Post reported.
News says it didn't know about the outtakes until a week ago Monday, but the word around the network is people knew, including executives at 'Access, ' which is an NBC property.
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When Bush and Trump get off the bus, Bush asks Zucker if he and Trump can have hugs.
"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump tells him.
"Billy Bush's departure from the Today Show is a matter of when, not a matter of if", Stelter said. He had already been suspended indefinitely from his job co-anchoring the 9 a.m.to 10 a.m. hour of "Today".
The TV host is related to the Bush family.
"At "Access, ' he was always 'that guy, '" the publicist said".