10/10/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Billy Bush‘s co-workers had the awkward duty of explaining his absence to the “Today” audience on day 1 of his suspension for the Donald Trump tape.
Bush’s suspension was addressed twice … first by Savannah Guthrie at the top of the show — and then by Al Roker and Tamron Hall.
Al and Tamron would normally be joined by Billy for the third hour of “Today.”
NBC put Bush on the bench Sunday … indefinitely.