Sunday, July 21, 2024

Billy Bush Doesn’t Have a Lot of Support from the Red Carpet: “Abrasive, Rude…Hurtful”


Billy Bush: I actually feel bad for him. He’s a nice guy. To me, at least. He’s probably done at NBC. He’ll need a year off, do some charity things, etc, and then he’ll be back. He will be back. People have short memories.
In the meantime, my defense has provoked an email from the red carpet. It’s from someone whose name I am protecting. But you see, Billy doesn’t have a lot of support. This is the old story of stepping on hands as you climb the ladder:
Billy Bush, he was always a sleaze. I was often put next to him on the red carpet 12-15 years ago and he was rude and offensive. He used to shove me and push and have his cameraman do whatever he wanted even if it meant hitting me in the head. 
Even though people could be aggressive on the red carpet he was different, more abrasive, ruder. Even hurtful. Even though he stood next to me for years he never said hello. 
He always acted like the celebrities were his pals. 

Lots of people who have had the same experiences with him as me feel he had this coming.

Do you remember Claudia Cohen? She was the opposite of Billy on the red carpet. She was polite, would interview a celebrity and then introduce them to the journalist standing next to her. Turn that behavior on its head and you have Billy Bush.
I couldn’t believe NBC hired him. He has no journalism experience, just a celebrity ass kisser.
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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