It looks like NBC has just found a replacement for Billy Bush in his "Today" show in Harry Connick Jr. who is apparently taking his place until October 18. Meanwhile, the host's lawyer Marshall Grossman has denied reports about a multimillion settlement but hopes to reach an agreement with the network any time now.
After Bush's crude remarks about the opposite sex video leaked to the media, NBC quickly decided to suspend the host indefinitely. Now NBC has chosen Connick to fill in the position on the October 17 episode and is reported to return the next day as well. Connick has been on the show numerous times in the last couple of years including shooting a segment for the show featuring 2016 Rio Olympics.
NBC has not confirmed if he will officially replace Bush, possibly because he also has his own show so his availability will be an issue. However, "Today" show will provide better exposure and opportunities to Connick that it's not impossible for him to consider being the host if offered.
When Connick was asked what he thinks of being a guest host for the show, he said: "I was so excited when I heard I was invited to the show, because I'm a big fan of the show!"
In other news, Grossman is hoping the network would agree to a deal anytime soon. He confirms "We are continuing with negotiations and hope to have a resolution today or tomorrow." This is after he denies reports that there was a $10 million deal reached as a settlement.
Gross defends Bush by explaining that the incident happened 11 years ago when the host was much younger. Bush explains "I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I'm very sorry." According to Grossman, if the host went against Donald Trump then, "Billy would have been out of a job the next day,"