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

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Appearing on CBS' "Late Show With Stephen Colbert", Bush reaffirmed that President Donald Trump did suggest that he grabbed women by the vagina and, in the face of a tsunami of sexual harassment claims, to claim that listening to the infamous tape is like a "a gut punch". For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal. "Like I said ... you can't say that ... that is your voice ... Because I was there, and the last 14 months of my life I have been dealing with it", Bush said. But it must also be particularly infuriating for Bush that Trump is trying to gaslight private acquaintances regarding the Access Hollywood tape.

Expand | Collapse (Photo: Access Hollywood video screencap) Infamous Access Hollywood Donald Trump (C) and Billy Bush (L) tape from 2005, with actress Arianne Zucker (R). "Let's take down a powerful guy together, ha ha.' No, they don't".

"By the way, I would also like to say that's not me on the bus", Bush joked.

Colbert noted that the moment of reckoning began with Harvey Weinstein (whose own alleged history of sexual misconduct was made public October 5, nearly exactly a year after the Access Hollywood tape leak) and hasn't stopped. "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 is related to both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, seized the opportunity to set the record straight by calling out the president's deflection of culpability.

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".

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"If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the F.B.I., not just reported it to my executive producer", Bush said.

He joined the CBS late-night program for an interview after the tape came back into the news following a New York Times report that said Trump allegedly told a senator that the tape was fake - despite apologizing for its contents after it was released a year ago.

"Matt Lauer controlled that show". He told me that he went privately to the bosses ...

"It was a hard time ... it was very hot emotionally in the country". To get access to and coax trust from a famous person, it is routine to think it's necessary to smile and nod at opinions with which one might ordinarily disagree; "establishing a strong rapport with celebrities", is how Bush phrases it generously for himself. "That upset me", he said. Night after night, you can look below the surface of his Trump ridicule and see it plainly: He just wishes he didn't have to talk about Trump anymore, ever. "And I said I appreciated it and I accepted it and thanked him".

Bush continued: "Women must be believed", he said. "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't gonna be around, because we have all these [things], we get onto the next thing. There wouldn't have been the moment to bring this bus back", Colbert said.

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