Billy Bush Speaks Out On 'Access Hollywood' In Interview With Stephen Colbert

Billy Bush Speaks Out On 'Access Hollywood' In Interview With Stephen Colbert

Billy Bush Speaks Out On 'Access Hollywood' In Interview With Stephen Colbert

Bush reiterated Monday what he wrote in a Sunday night New York Times op-ed piece - that it was in fact Trump's voice in the tape. "That is your voice, I was there, you were there - that's your voice on the tape". "You have been only dealing with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the President". Back in October 2016, Bush was sacked from his position at the Today show as a result of the aforementioned tape, in which Bush laughed as Trump detailed the way in which he could supposedly force himself upon women.

Bush admitted to host Stephen Colbert that he feels shame for his part in laughing along to the vulgar comments in the "Access Hollywood" tape.

"The very day that he was swearing in to be President of the United States", Bush told Colbert, "I was checking into this soul-searching retreat in Santa Anita, California".

Bush, the nephew of former president George H.W. Bush, said that he hadn't educated himself on sexual harassment accusations against Trump when they emerged shortly after the "Access Hollywood" tape was released because he had recently been terminated from NBC, but has recently done so.

Bush said that it took some time after his departure before he began reading the accounts of the women who had publicly leveled allegations against Trump.

Bush said Lauer told him at the time that he had privately lobbied the network to keep Bush, who had just segued to the morning show from "Access Hollywood"- a show which NBC also distributes.

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Billy Bush Speaks Out On 'Access Hollywood' In Interview With Stephen Colbert

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump says.

"Enough's enough. stop playing around with people's lives", he said, referring to Trump's latest alleged private suggestion that it was not him on the 2005 tape. Everything's going to be OK.' It's just instinctively what you say to your daughter. "It was the beginning of me saying get up and stop being sorry for yourself. I love you", he said. "It's really dumbest thing he could have done".

Bush explained that in the moment, he believed that Trump was simply putting on a performance and not actually bragging about sexual assault.

"They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them the greatest movement in the history of our country". (Bush did engage in some creepy behavior after getting off the bus, insisting on "a hug" for "The Donald" and "The Bushy.") He now claims he thought Trump was doing a kind of stand-up routine to impress the (eight) other men on the bus.

Bush didn't have the best start to the Today show when he joined in August 2016, as he immediately sparked controversy by defending Ryan Lochte's fabricated robbery story at the Olympics on-air. "And I said I appreciated it and I accepted it and thanked him".

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