Billy Bush is OUT! The Today show has let go the "hour three" host of their top-rated morning show after the Donald Trump tape scandal sealed the pretty-boy's fate.

As we all heard, the former Access Hollywood host joked and maybe even "egged on" Donald Trump as the two prepared for a soap opera set visit back in 2005. As they drove to the set in the Access bus with wireless mics live, every syllable of their "locker room" conversation was recorded and recently obtained by the media.

Noah Oppenheim, the morning show's top exec, wrote in a staff memo on Monday, Oct. 17: "Billy Bush will be leaving the Today show’s 9 a.m. hour, effective today,” the email read. ”While he was a new member of the Today team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward."

The news comes amid reports Bush will pocket $10 million after NBC severed their contract with the host, though Marshall Grossman, Bush's attorney, denies these claims. On Saturday, the attorney told Us Weekly: "There is no $10 million agreement and that amount has not been discussed ... Negotiations are ongoing between the parties."

Meanwhile, Trump's wife Melania sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper to defend her husband against what she claims in an orchestrated attempt at a take-down by the Democrats in cahoots with the media. The potential First Lady gave a few interesting quotes:

  • She claims Billy Bush "egged [Donald] on ... to say dirty and bad stuff ... I don’t know that person who would talk that way."

  • Of her husband's gross language about being sexually aggressive with women: "No, that's not a sexual assault. He didn't say he did it."

  • Of the supposed conspiracy to take Donald down: "I'm not surprised because a lot of people, they are against my husband," she said. "Nothing surprises me."

  • How she takes care of her hubby: "I teach him, he needs to be careful of the language he uses."