Billy Bush gave his first TV interview on Monday, December 4, a year after the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood video featuring himself and Donald Trump was leaked to The Washington Post. For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal.
"I would also like to say that's not me on that bus".
"Last week, [Trump] for some reason came out with, 'That's not my voice on the tape.' Like I said, you can't say that. You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president".
Trump's voice is heard on the Access Hollywood tape saying he tried unsucessfully to seduce a married woman: "I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn't get there".
Billy Bush ripped President Donald Trump for trying to deny he was on the 2005 hot mic conversation bragging about sexually assaulting women. 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.
"As I read these, 20 women don't get together and say, Hey, you know what would really be fun? Let's take down a powerful guy together, ha ha.' No, they don't".
Bush then went on to say: "Then you got 20 women at the time - I don't know what the exact number is because there is more - but 20 women who used their names. Enough's enough ... stop playing around with people's lives".
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. "It's a gut punch now".
Bush's appearance on The Late Show is the first interview he has done since Trump was elected president.
"He was regaling the seven guys that were on the bus doing his bit". "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 - when that article came out it was 13 days after I was sacked so I was in my own personal shock - fight or flight - and so I never really read it all the way", he added.
"Matt Lauer controlled that show". The then-Celebrity Apprentice host said he is "automatically attracted to lovely women" and starts kissing them. "He told me that he went privately to the bosses. I don't think CBS would let me". He could have protected anybody and he did famously protect people from being fired from that show.
Bush continued: "Women must be believed", he said. "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't going to be around, because we get on to the next thing, we get on to our phones, the next outrage comes".
"He's got the hand up; I'm going into my little cabin to do the work", said Bush. "We have to continue it all the way through, and I hope we do that". Colbert shot back a quick joke: "But where was that ring?"