Report: NBC Execs Planned to Release ‘Sanitized’ Trump Tape to Protect Billy Bush

© Getty/AFP/File Rob Kim
© Getty/AFP/File Rob Kim

TMZ reports that NBC strategically timed the release of the 11-year-old hot mic tape of Republican nominee Donald Trump making lewd comments about women with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. According to TMZ’s sources, NBC execs even wanted to have the tape “sanitized” to protect Bush.

From TMZ:

NBC execs had a plan to time the release of the Donald Trump audio to have maximum impact on both the 2nd presidential debate and the general election … sources connected with the network tell TMZ.

Multiple sources connected with NBC tell us … top network execs knew about the video long before they publicly said they did, but wanted to hold it because it was too early in the election. The sources say many NBC execs have open disdain for Trump and their plan was to roll out the tape 48 hours before the debate so it would dominate the news cycle leading up to the face-off.

We’re told the plan was to edit the tape to keep the focus on Trump and not Billy. “Access Hollywood” we’re told was not going to air the portion where Trump and Billy got off the bus and Billy goaded Trump and the soap star to hug. Our sources say the tape was going to be “sanitized” to protect Billy as much as possible.

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