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The newly minted Today show cohost officially parted ways with the NBC family a little over a week after his suspension. The news came in the wake of the Oct. 7 leak of a 2005 tape in which the then-Access Hollywood host and Donald Trump were heard making lewd and graphic comments about Nancy O'Dell and Arianne Zucker while filming a segment for the entertainment program. "I am deeply grateful for the conversations I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues," read Bush's exit statement. "I look forward to what lies ahead."
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The Fox News White House correspondent was forced to take a four-month break from his position after a tabloid revealed the reporter had cheated on his wife with a Las Vegas hostess. Henry has since returned as chief national correspondent, a notable demotion compared to his prior title.
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The respected entertainment journalist — who had worked on-air for CBS Sports, Access Hollywood and Insider through his career — made headlines himself in 2005 after a sexually explicit voicemail he left for a woman he had just met was leaked. O'Brien, who had privately battled alcoholism, had no choice but to confront his demons, opting to check into a rehab facility following the incident, which he claims to have no recollection of. "One of the byproducts of alcoholism are blackouts," O'Brien, who is now sober, told Oprah Winfrey in a 2014 interview. "I don't remember it."
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The "gotcha guy" got gotcha-ed. Following a 20-year stint at NBC, Hansen — best known for serving as host on Dateline's To Catch a Predator, on which he confronted sexual predators — was dropped by the network three weeks after photos of him kissing his mistress were leaked.
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Talk about a bombshell: approximately three weeks before the 2004 presidential election, The O'Reilly Factor host was sued by the show's associate producer Andrea Mackris for sexual harassment. Mackris alleged the political pundit had urged her to "just use your vibrator to blow off steam" and shared a shower fantasy with her. The quotes were allegedly recorded by Macriks (though never released) and seemingly helped with the suit, which settled two weeks later.
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