The former "Access Hollywood" and "Today" anchor told the late-night host he had grown frustrated and upset after hearing that President Donald Trump had recently made statements disavowing that it was his voice heard by millions who viewed a 2005 outtake of an "Access Hollywood" tape on which Trump claims to harass women sexually.
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He also told Colbert that Trump's reported backtracking regarding the tape inspired him to write his aforementioned Times op-ed.
Bush told Colbert he wished he had gotten a chance to address "Today" viewers and explain his behavior. That ties the best-ever Monday night broadcast for the program since the Scaramucci visit on August 21. "I was there. you were there. that's your voice on the tape", the former host declared.
"When he said this, it infuriated me on the personal front, and then I ended up Googling and I read an article with all of these women's accounts", Bush said. "That is your voice, I was there, you were there - that's your voice on the tape".
"As I read these, I said, 'Twenty women don't get together and say, 'Hey, you know what would be really fun?" White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump hasn't changed his position on the tape. The then-Celebrity Apprentice host said he is "automatically attracted to beautiful women" and starts kissing them.
Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Billy Bush, and Matt Lauer appear on NBC's "Today" show at the Rio Olympics in 2016. And I sort of equated what he was saying to some kind of crass stand-up act, like an Andrew Dice Clay performance. He called out the "irony" of being fired from his job over the incident, while Trump went on become president of the United States. "Enough's enough. Stop playing around with people's lives", said Bush. "I love you", he said.
The cultural moment we're in now-involving sexual assault, sexual impropriety and sexual harassment allegations against powerful people-is putting a new spotlight on accusations against the president, Colbert noted. And she said, 'No, why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus, Dad? "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not just reported it to my executive producer".
"He was regaling the seven guys that were on the bus doing his bit".
"We had a conversation about that and he told me that he went privately to the bosses and took that line", he recalled.
"My [then] 15-year-old, Mary, called me from boarding school, and she was in tears: 'Dad, Dad, Dad, ' and I said, 'Everything is going to be fine, Mary".