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


For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal. In the Times and on Late Night, Bush tried to set up the context in which he giggled and egged on Trump's lewd behavior, insisting that Trump was a "huge" star for NBC because of the success of The Apprentice. You don't get to say that", Bush said, adding in response to Trump, "That is your voice. "You have been only dealing with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the President".

Bush was sacked from NBC in 2016 after being heard laughing on the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems resurface Flynn's "lock her up" comments after Mueller charges Congress must stop private prisons from receiving tax breaks Evangelicals were with Trump in 2016, and will be in 2020 MORE.

It's been over a year since the tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault leaked, and the former television host was implicated in the backlash.

"As I read these, 20 women don't get together and say, Hey, you know what would really be fun?" "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize", Trump said in a video released in October of a year ago. Enough is enough. Stop playing around with people's lives.

"It was like a gut punch", Bush described seeing the footage for the first time, three days before it leaked.

"It was a gut punch, and it is a gut punch now, and it will always be", Bush said.

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

Bush, who is related to both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, seized the opportunity to set the record straight by calling out the president's deflection of culpability.

"Like I wrote in the op-ed, I think a lot of us were complicit ... everyone kind of had to kiss the ring of The Donald because he was making so much money for NBC ... so I was with him all the time", Bush told Colbert.

"He was regaling the seven guys that were on the bus doing his bit". So when he said this, it infuriated me on the personal front, and then I ended up Googling and I read an article with all of these women's accounts. If there were no crisis PR firms involved in the publication of his New York Times op-ed this week, then Bush is a very sharp operator indeed. Bush continued, "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy, I would have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not just reported to my executive producer, so that was it for me". "I think it was very hot emotionally".

"Matt Lauer controlled that show. He told me that he went privately to the bosses", he recalled. To get access to and coax trust from a famous person, it is routine to think it's necessary to smile and nod at opinions with which one might ordinarily disagree; "establishing a strong rapport with celebrities", is how Bush phrases it generously for himself. "I will say, I would have liked the chance to have been able to address the audience that following Monday". Night after night, you can look below the surface of his Trump ridicule and see it plainly: He just wishes he didn't have to talk about Trump anymore, ever.

"Women must be believed, and we kind of have to find our way to have the dialogue", Bush said. "I said I appreciated it, and I accepted it, and thanked him". "I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus". And she said, 'No, why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus, Dad?

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