Billy Bush on infamous "Access Hollywood" tape: "Enough's enough"


For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal. "By the way", Bush said to Trump, "I would also like to say that's not me on the bus". "For some reason, he came out with 'That's not my voice.'" Bush told Colbert in a snippet of the interview previewed by CBS Monday evening. "Because I was there, and the last 14 months of my life I have been dealing with it", Bush said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump hasn't changed his position on the tape.

Bush was canned as a host of NBC's flagship morning show "Today" after the "Access Hollywood" tape was leaked to the media in October. I believe Bush when he says in the Times piece that he assumed Trump was exaggerating his sexual actions with women; that he was witnessing the public-image Donald Trump as opposed to the true man. And when you're a star, they let you do it. "It's really the dumbest thing he could have done", Colbert said of Trump's decision to reopen the issue at this juncture. "Enough's 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. "A lot of people were not comfortable with the man who was close to winning the election and a lot of things happened quickly", Bush, 46, said.

Bush, who got fired from the Today show in the aftermath, spoke about the scandal during The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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Bush noted that because Trump hosted thehit show "The Apprentice", everyone at NBC at that time - during which the taped conversation took place - had to "kiss the ring a little bit of The Donald". All of these women came out with their names and told their detailed accounts, and as I read these I said: 20 women don't get together and say, 'Hey, you know what would be really fun? Bush tried really hard to persuade Colbert not to re-air the "grab 'em" tape once more - yelping his protest even as Colbert cued it up - because he knew it would remind viewers one more time about the extent to which Bush played along with Trump's worst instincts. The then-Celebrity Apprentice host said he is "automatically attracted to beautiful women" and starts kissing them. "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not just reported it to my executive producer", he said. He could have protected anybody and he did famously protect people from being fired from that show.

"We had a conversation about that and I was told, he told me, that he went privately to the bosses and took that line", Bush recalled. "Do you wish he would have protected you?" "I said, 'I appreciated it, ' and accepted it and thanked him".

"The very day he was swearing in as the 45th President of the United States, I was checking into this soul-searching retreat in Santalina, California for nine days", Bush quipped. Colbert asked. Bush agreed with that sentiment. "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't going to be around because we move onto the next thing". "There wouldn't have been the moment to bring this bus back", Colbert said.

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