Former NBC’s “Today” host Billy Bush addresses in an interview on Sunday the leaked videotape on which he had a crude chat with Donald Trump in the back of an “Access Hollywood” bus in 2005.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the May 24 issue, Billy Bush raised the subject of the crude chat he had with Donald Trump that was recorded and led to the dismissal of Bush and provoked media to attack Donald Trump’s political campaign a month prior to the elections.
Bush said that he did not identify who has leaked the tape. Moreover, he asserted that he had watched the video three times only, once three days before the video is leaked and twice before the interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
After Bush watched the video, he said that the video left him “totally and completely gutted.”
“Looking back upon what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic,” he admits. “[Trump] liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’ But I didn’t have the strength of character to do it.”
The video featured audio of Trump and Bush riding on a bus heading to a soap opera set and prattling about Trump’s attempts to lure women as it is a privilege that came easily with fame.
Trump apologized and branded the conversation “locker-room banter.”
Likewise, Bush expressed regret and proved the notion of obscenely hinting at women as the audio hears wrong.
“When a woman watches that tape,” he added, “they may be asking themselves, ‘Is that what happens when I walk out of a room? When I walk out of a meeting, is that what they’re saying about me? Are they sizing me up?’ I can’t live with that. If a moment like that arose again, I would shut it down quickly. I am in the women-raising business, exclusively.”
Although Bush got suspended days after the tape’s leak, he still conducts a friendly relationship with his colleagues and coworkers,
Commenting on his dismissal, Bush revealed that he got suspended after he finally mastered what he was doing.
“I was kind of bopping along, and I don’t know if it was God or what that said, ‘OK, you’ve developed. You’re a pretty good guy. Let’s see how you handle this.’ And ka-boom!” he says. “It all comes apart.”