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

Billy Bush on Trump and 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Of course he said it'

Former Today show anchor Billy Bush stopped by The Late Show on Monday to discuss the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which President Donald Trump made lewd comments about grabbing women by their genitalia. "That's your voice on the tape".

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. Here are the six main takeaways from the interview - besides the fact that when Bush walked out onstage, Colbert's band played a slow-jam rendition of Wheels on the Bus. That ties the best-ever Monday night broadcast for the program since the Scaramucci visit on August 21.

The "Access Hollywood" tape, which offered a recording of Trump bragging to Bush about soliciting sexual attention from women, even assaulting them to do so, had faded away from public discourse after Trump was elected to the White House in 2016. "President Trump is now indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his", Bush wrote, adding, "This has hit a raw nerve in me".

Bush said the reports of Trump's denial "infuriated" him, not only because of his own involvement, but because of the women who had stepped forward accusing Trump of sexual harassment. "I said that I appreciated it and thanked him".

Bush insisted that "20 women don't get together and say, 'Hey you know what would be really fun?"

Bush said Lauer told him at the time that he had privately lobbied the network to keep Bush, who had just segued to the morning show from "Access Hollywood"- a show which NBC also distributes. "I think it was very hot emotionally in the country", Bush said.

Amidst a national reckoning on sexual misconduct that has brought down Bush's former Today show colleague, Matt Lauer, Bush's role falls in a slightly different light. "It was the beginning of me saying get up and stop being sorry for yourself. You can do anything", he said at the time. "I love you", he said.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump says. "You have been only dealing with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the President".

"It's really the dumbest thing he could have done", Colbert said, adding wryly -"He's a dumb, dumb person". "Stop playing around with people's lives". "Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass stand-up act".

"Women must be believed, and we kind of have to find our way to have the dialogue", Bush said. "We have to continue it all the way through and I hope we do that".

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