Billy Bush has commented on the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape where Donald Trump brags about being allowed to sexually assault women because of his celebrity status. Commenting on Donald Trump’s excuse of it being “locker room talk,” Billy Bush says it wasn’t.
Billy Bush has broken his silence on the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape, where Donald Trump makes vulgar remarks about how his celebrity status allowed him to sexually assault women.
Donald Trump had apologized about the tape during his candidacy, but also attempted to normalize his behavior by deeming it as “locker room talk.”
Billy Bush’s Comments on the Tape
Billy Bush said: “I’m in a lot of locker rooms, I am an athlete, and no, that is not the type of conversation that goes on or that I’ve participated in.” He said he couldn’t recall another time when Trump made similar comments and said: “but he’s a provocateur. Shocking statements flow like wine from him.”
Regarding the tape, he said: “I felt that, in that moment, he was being typically Donald, which is performing and shocking. Almost like Andrew Dice Clay, the stand-up comedian: Does he really do the things that he’s saying or is that his act?”
“And in Donald’s case, I equated it that way. When he said what he said, I’d like to think if I had though for a minute that there was a grown man detailing his sexual assault strategy to me, I’d have called the FBI.”
“Looking back upon what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic. 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.”
Bush said he and Trump have not spoken since before he started campaigning in 2016.
Life Following the Tape
Following the outrage in October, Billy was fired from NBC’s “Today” show.
He explained to The Hollywood Reporter how the tape ironically caused his career to derail, leading him to “months of reflection” for just chuckling, while Trump, who actually said the ridiculous comments ended up as president of the United States.
As he plans on a professional comeback, he said he feels compelled to appease Trump for the tape.