Billy Bush Confirms "Yes, Donald Trump, You Really Said That"

Peter Castro
December 6, 2017

Billy Bush is trying to win back the hearts of fans AND those in the industry who've blacklisted him. The second way Bush attempted to justify his own behavior in that appalling mess was to go on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and submit to a grilling by the host, who called Bush's bus behavior "boorish and callow".

The former "Access Hollywood" and "Today" anchor told the late-night host he had grown frustrated and upset after hearing that President Donald Trump had recently made statements disavowing that it was his voice heard by millions who viewed a 2005 outtake of an "Access Hollywood" tape on which Trump claims to harass women sexually.

In case you forgot, the 46-year-old was axed from NBC after he was heard participating in a lewd conversation with the Trumpster in a tape from '05. "Like I said ... you can't say that ... that is your voice ..."

What struck me watching Bush on Colbert is that, after a year-plus since the release of that tape, Bush still seems strikingly uninsightful about his role in this kind of cultural exchange.

"As I read these, I said, 'Twenty women don't get together and say, 'Hey, you know what would be really fun?" Haha!' No, they don't...

"By the way, I would also like to say that's not me on the bus", Bush joked. "Enough's enough. Stop playing around with people's lives". "So I wrote [the op-ed]". Not to mention, Bush isn't hiding away from his own unsavory participation in the controversy.

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"Enough's enough", said Bush. No one who works in celebrity journalism can hear Bush on that bus and not feel at least a smidgen of discomfort. 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". That was it for me.

"It was like a gut punch", Bush described seeing the footage for the first time, three days before it leaked. "I don't think CBS would let me".

"It was the beginning of me saying, 'All right, get up, stop being sorry for yourself, stop worrying about these things". Let's go. Get better. "Get better. Be a better man, be a better person".

Bush then reflected on how he felt about NBC firing him - and his response to Matt Lauer's firing after allegations of sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, Lauer's opinion doesn't mean much these days as he's in the middle of a sexual misconduct scandal. Bush added that his boss stated, months later, that NBC "may have moved a little quickly" in forcing his exit. "We had a conversation about that and he told me that he went privately to the bosses and took that line", Bush recounted.

Bush said that when he was filming the "Access Hollywood" segment with Trump back in 2005, he was unaware that there was any truth to what he was saying, and assumed that he was just putting on a "crass stand-up act" for him and his crew.

When it comes to the national conversation of victims reporting sexual abuse and harrasment, he said, "Women must be believed".

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