Billy Bush opened up about his Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape to the Hollywood Reporter. The extensive interview was released on Sunday and discusses the events that occurred during an Access Hollywood taping.
The tapes were released by the Washington Post in October.
“No, that is not the type of conversation that goes on or that I’ve participated in,” said Bush. The tapes follow Trump and Bush during an Access Hollywood taping, where Trump made derogatory comments about women.
The tape, from 2005, was known to Bush, who denies any reports that he knew the tapes were going to be made public.
“I remember the day,” he said. Bush lost his role in the “Today” show after the backlash from the tape came to light during the 2016 elections.
The two were heard making comments about Nancy O’Dell that are best described as “crass,” and Bush states that he reached out to the Access Hollywood co-host. He didn’t state whether or not O’Dell responded to his attempts.
The lewd conversation between Trump and Bush included Trump talking about kissing and groping woman. The businessman also stated, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” Trump confessed that the tape was real, with a statement, “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.” He misdirected the backlash, stating that it was a “distraction from the issues we are facing today.”
Trump could be heard talking about an unnamed woman, stating, “I did try to f— her. She was married.”
Arianne Zucker then walked up to the bus when comments were directed at her. “Your girl’s hot as s—,” said Bush. Trump said “Whoa! Whoa!” before continuing on and saying, “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her.”
Trump’s conversation took a downward spiral when he said, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
Bush told The Hollywood Reporter, “Looking back on what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic.”