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Former 'Access' coworker calls out Billy Bush over 'white privilege'

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 6/4/2020 Mark Gray

Billy Bush was on the receiving end of a fiery and racially-tinged tweet from one of his former co-workers.

Billy Bush wearing a black shirt © Gary Gershoff/Getty Images Billy Bush

On Wednesday, longtime "Access Hollywood" host Shaun Robinson responded to an interview Billy did with former NFL player Nate Burleson that centered on systemic racism, the country-wide protests and the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

"Good Morning @thebillybush. I appreciate you being an ally NOW. But, if you want to talk about the pain #WhitePrivilege causes African Americans, you should probably also talk to the black woman who sat next to you on the set of  #AccessHollywood for years," Shaun tweeted. 

Shaun Robinson holding a sign posing for the camera © David Buchan/Variety/Shutterstock Shaun Robinson

Shaun did not elaborate or give further details, but she appeared to double down on her criticism of Billy on Thursday morning.

"No part-time allies needed," she wrote on Twitter next to a statement that read, "If you don't live it as a principle, don't hashtag it for publicity."

Billy and Shaun had lengthy careers at "Access Hollywood," as their tenure's overlapped from 2001 to 2015. In 2016, Billy left "Access" for a primo gig at NBC's "Today." However, he was fired by NBC within two months after audio of an "Access Hollywood" tape was leaked in which he laughed along to a pre-politics Donald Trump bragging about groping and kissing women, saying he would "grab 'em by the p—."

"It's such an ugly moment," Billy said earlier this year, recalling that infamous interview and the fallout. "Yeah you want to delete it, of course you want to delete it but you can't and it's out there for the world to consume."

"It's humiliating, it's embarrassing," he added. "There's no denying the moment is a terrible moment."

Billy now hosts "Extra."

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