Today anchor Billy Bush, whom history will remember as the guy who giggled like a 8th grader in sex ed class when Donald Trump bragged to him about “grabbing [women] by the pussy,” is expected to receive a $10 million settlement from employer NBC over the nixing of his 3-year contract. It’s basically all the money he would have made in that time, paid all at once in a big lump sum, just to make him go the hell away.
So, does Bush have any plans for that money yet? Because folks on Twitter have a pretty decent suggestion, considering the circumstances.
True to his word, internet wiseguy Patrick Monahan sparked the rumor with a somewhat sarcastic hashtag. In no time, #ThanksBilly was a hit.
— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) October 16, 2016
— the artist (1987–2020) (@vrunt) October 16, 2016
I wish all men could be as honest and strong as Billy Bush, who just donated his $10M NBC payout to women's charities #ThanksBilly
— Ser Thysys Awendys (@alexqarbuckle) October 16, 2016
I'm just. gosh. so overwhelmed at the selflessness of Billy Bush and realizing that actions speak louder than words. #thanksbilly
— buying cbd at the airport (@rachelmillman) October 16, 2016
Wow #ThanksBilly for donating $10 million to women's charities. Who knew you could be a Bush and a hero at the same time?
— ziwe (@ziwe) October 16, 2016
Not only is Billy Bush donating his $10m NBC severance to women's charities, his cousins Jeb! and George W are matching it, wow #thanksBilly
— sarah (@3x1minus1) October 16, 2016
Amazing! The one good thing that could possibly come from Billy Bush getting $10 million dollars is if he donated it to charity #thanksbilly
— jonny sun (@jonnysun) October 16, 2016
I told my daughters about Billy Bush donating his $10 mil to women's charities and they can't stop crying #thanksbilly
— Musky Lozenge (@LostCatDog) October 16, 2016
And it didn’t take the political wing of Weird Twitter very long to convince people that Bush had really promised this. #ThanksBilly even trended.
I would wait until the check clears and is verified by organization.
— Barbara Christe (@christe4) October 16, 2016
strange to realize BB did more for victims than HRC here: sue NBC for requiring him to be silent, then donate the settlement
— Oedipa Maas (@bridgietherease) October 16, 2016
Great news but I'm cynical AF too. pic.twitter.com/aIMllWzb4A
— Christopher Tracy (@OutstandingWC) October 16, 2016
i love that the sincere thanks are starting to roll in pic.twitter.com/Yrt38mwaGL
— Baby Etrigan (@aboynamedposh) October 16, 2016
Realizing that his campaign of faux gratitude for something Bush definitely has no plans to do, Monahan had to pierce the veil of irony for once.
As of this moment, sure, it’s just a goof. But who knows! Maybe Bush just needs a little nudge in the right direction. And if he follows through, well, we can have fun thanking him all over again. Your move, dude.