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.
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