Three months after former Today co-host Billy Bush and his wife, Sydney Davis, announced their divorce, the couple is reportedly attempting to save their 20-year marriage. "They are trying to reconcile and it seems like they’re making progress. They’re working on it," a source told Page Six on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
"Billy still has his wedding ring on," another source told the entertainment news outlet. In September, Billy, 46, and Sydney revealed they were heading for divorce, though the TV star's rep later said the split was simply a "short-term break." The couple's spokesperson previously stated, "[They] separated for the moment to evaluate their life together. They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future." Billy and Sydney married in April 1998 and are parents to three daughters, Mary Bradley Bush, Josie Bush, and Lillie Bush.
Following the news of their breakup, a source told Us Weekly that the disintegration of the couple's marriage had "nothing to do" with the surprise re-release of a 2005 Access Hollywood interview tape of Billy and now-President Donald Trump making lewd comments. The highly-publicized recording resulted in Billy being fired from Today in October 2016.
"Sydney is with the vast majority who knows he was a collateral damage in a hit job. She was more mad than anyone! Sydney fully supported Billy 100 percent throughout their marriage, especially during that time. She supported him more than anyone," the insider revealed. "They have been married since they were both young and worked really hard at making this marriage work, especially for their daughters. They are separated and are continuing to work to make their relationship better."
Just a few months after his Today exit, Billy candidly opened up about his firing. "I was kind of bopping along, and I don’t know if it was God or what that said, 'OK, you’ve developed. You’re a pretty good guy. Let’s see how you handle this.' And ka-boom! It all comes apart," he admitted. "[Watching that video left me] totally and completely gutted. Looking back upon what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic. [Donald] liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, 'Can you believe the ratings on whatever?' But I didn’t have the strength of character to do it."
In June, it was revealed that Billy was attempting to return to TV after the scandal but his career comeback wasn't going as planned. "He thought he was going to be welcomed back by the world after [his tell-all Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts]. And the only thing you learned from the article and TV piece is that Billy wants to be on TV. He felt that taking seven or eight months off, he’d slip his way back in, get some press and people would be beating down his door, and no one did," a source confessed.