Billy Bush on infamous "Access Hollywood" tape: "Enough's enough"

Ruben Ruiz
December 6, 2017

During a Monday night appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,"Billy Bush again verified the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape featuring President Trump's crude comments about women". For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal.

Bush said that when he was filming the "Access Hollywood" segment with Trump back in 2005, he was unaware that there was any truth to what he was saying, and assumed that he was just putting on a "crass stand-up act" for him and his crew. "Like I said ... you can't say that ... that is your voice ..."

In his op-ed, Bush wrote that "this a year ago has been an odyssey, the likes of which I hope to never face again: anger, anxiety, betrayal, humiliation, many selfish but, I hope, understandable emotions". He called out the "irony" of being fired from his job over the incident, while Trump went on become president of the United States. However, Bush wanted the President to be held accountable for his past actions as countless women have stepped forward to talk about how the Commander-in-Chief harassed them.

Bush insisted that "20 women don't get together and say, 'Hey you know what would be really fun?" And when you're a star, they let you do it. You were there. I was there. Enough's enough. Stop playing around with people's lives!' That upset me.

Bush went on to tell Colbert that he feels like he "sacrificed" a little bit of his soul by participating in the conversation and took time to do some self-introspection following the tape's release.

"Enough's enough", said Bush.

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Bush sat down Monday evening with Stephen Colbert. While Colbert commented that the video camera was not exactly on the President, Bush thought President Trump's commentary was an act.

So 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, because when that article first came out, it was 13 days after I had been fired, so I was in my own personal shock, fight or flight. If there were no crisis PR firms involved in the publication of his New York Times op-ed this week, then Bush is a very sharp operator indeed. "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 said.

"Matt Lauer controlled that show. I don't think CBS would let me". "I was with him a lot", Bush told Colbert.

"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". Colbert asked. Bush agreed with that sentiment.

Man, oh man. Regardless, the main thing Billy's learned from this whole experience is that "women must be believed".

Given that opportunity by Colbert, Bush expressed concern that the necessary dialogue won't happen because "we get on to the next thing, we get on to our phones, the next outrage comes". "I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus". Colbert shot back a quick joke: "But where was that ring?"

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