By William O'Shaughnessy President & Editorial Director Whitney Media
NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Billy Bush is an absolutely wonderful young man…a graceful fellow with sterling manners.
He started as an intern with our suburban Westchester stations WVOX right out of Colby College in 1994.
Billy Bush has been a class act in every season of his life.
He brings to everything he does – on and off the air – a generous helping of born–and-bred bonhomie, ebullience, joie de vivre and effervescence. He has always been accompanied by a lot of pep and gracious enthusiasm in everything he does.
He's also a fine journalist with good instincts. And as we've observed him over the years … there's not a mean damn bone in his body.
As the world knows, he is also a nephew of a former president of the United States (George H.W. Bush) … a cousin of another (George W. Bush) … and grandson of a United States Senator (Prescott Bush.) Interesting that he's never "played" or bragged on any of that.
His father is the estimable Jonathan Bush, who Mario Cuomo once described as "the Bush all the others would like to be."
In an era of vapid, vacuous, boring, tedious, unexciting talking heads, bimbos and poseurs glued to Teleprompters, Billy Bush is a bright, shining star with great potential and a great future.
He's real !
And it is our hope that the elders of NBCUniversal and Comcast will not blame him for being caught up in the vulgarity of Donald Trump's locker room – frat boy episode.
To choke off this young man's budding career would be unfortunate … nay, inexcusable.
Lighten up, NBC!
William O'Shaughnessy is president and editorial director at Whitney Media, operator of WVOX and WVIP in New Rochelle, New York. He can be emailed via: firstname.lastname@example.org.