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

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

In addition to speaking with Colbert, Bush also wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Monday, condemning Trump for his reported comments on the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape.

Bush told Colbert he wished he had gotten a chance to address "Today" viewers and explain his behavior. "That's your voice on the tape", Bush said, referring to Mr. Trump. You don't get to say that", Bush said, adding in response to Trump, "That is your voice.

Donald Trump was caught on tape boasting about groping women.

Colbert, who replayed the tape, noted that the issue wouldn't have been raised again if the president hadn't opened that door. Colbert asked after the awkward moment was over.

Bush said he was confused as well. "It's a gut punch now".

"How do you feel about NBC firing you?"

"It was a hard time". A lot of people weren't comfortable with the man who was close to winning the election ... a lot of things happened quickly. "Today is about reckoning and reawakening", Bush wrote. But he was never allowed back on air.

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"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. I am really sorry. "Be a better man, be a better person'". "Tough", Bush said. "Irony". That is your voice, I was there, you were there, that's your voice on the tape.' ... Everything's going to be OK.' It's just instinctively what you say to your daughter.

"The first time I ever heard it was about three days before it leaked ... and so it was like a gut punch ... and it's a gut punch now ... it will always be", Bush said. "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.

"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 my executive producer", Bush stated. "Let's take down a powerful guy together.' No they don't", he continued. Haha.' No, they don't.

"As you have seen, I am a victim of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country", Trump said at the time at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. He got his byline in the Times and his butt in Colbert's guest chair by capitalizing on the fact that Trump reopened this ugly incident.

Bush and Colbert wrapped up their conversation by discussing the myriad of recent sexual assault and harassment allegations against powerful men and collectively emphasized the importance of believing women. "But my boss, said publicly months later, 'I think we may have moved a little quickly". Bush was giggling like a preteen, trying to impress a big-shot reality show host from the same network cutting his paychecks. But at the time, The Apprentice was a massive hit, and shared a parent company with Access Hollywood.

In the controversial clip, Bush and Trump, 71, could be heard on a hot mic having a vulgar, misogynistic conversation. As Bush put it, "Everyone had to kiss the ring a bit of The Donald because he was making so much money for NBC". You kind of figure, 'Well that's not Dice when he's home.

"But the camera wasn't on him".