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When the Billy Bushes of your workplace tip the scale from talented to untouchable

Donald Trump (R) is interviewed by Billy Bush of Access Hollywood at
Donald Trump (R) is interviewed by Billy Bush of Access Hollywood at "Celebrity Apprentice" Red Carpet Event at Trump Tower on January 20, 2015 in New York City.
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The 2005 "Access Hollywood" video of a lewd exchange between Donald Trump and Billy Bush could mean the end of Bush's career at NBC - especially after a pile-on from others complaining about Bush.

After the network suspended the “Today” co-host for role in the Trump conversation, a handful of Hollywood publicists came out with their own pronouncements about bad behavior by Bush. Marcel Pariseau, a partner at True Public Relations, whose clients include Scarlett Johansson, wrote on Facebook: "He was rude and lewd to a few female clients of mine. [I'm] Boycotting the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show."

It seems the network must assess whether Bush's talent and appeal is high enough to withstand the controversy. The entertainment business is full of polarizing personalities, but many succeed because they are great writers or directors or performers.

If you work in a different industry, why have some "star" employees been able to thrive despite bad behavior?


Stephen Battaglio, staff writer for The Los Angeles Times covering TV and media biz out of New York; “Billy Bush is exiting NBC ‘Today’ over Trump Tape Scandal”