Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Billy Bush Confirms What Trump Said On That 2005 Tape

Billy Bush Confirms What Trump Said On That 2005 Tape

A month and a half before the Access Hollywood tape dropped, Bush was mired in controversy for the largely panned interview he conducted with swimmer Ryan Lochte following his weird Rio Olympics robbery lie.

A little over a year after the now-infamous Access Hollywood tapes, in which then-reality star-and-now president Donald Trump can be overheard on a "hot mic" in 2005 talking graphically about women to a bunch of men on a bus, were leaked, The New York Times reported earlier this week that the 44th president has been claiming that the tapes are fake. He denied it. Bush says he felt the need to write the piece following reports that Trump has privately suggested that the tape is not authentic.

"The key to succeeding in my line of work was establishing a strong rapport with celebrities". The tape, which features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, derailed Bush's career but had no bearing on Trump being elected president.

He ended his op-ed with by praising the women who have come forward against Trump and others.

In the rest of the piece, Bush admitted to "acting out of self-interest" in buddying up to Trump for "higher earnings" and his "outsized viewership", and accused the rest of NBC's staff in 2005 of doing the same.

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So while Bush doesn't cop to enabling Trump's sexual transgressions, he does confess that he and the others present that day were guilty of "sacrificing a bit our ourselves" to climb the corporate ladder. "We now know better", Bush wrote in his Times op-ed.

In the days, weeks and months to follow, I was highly critical of the idea of a Trump presidency. This country is now trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. The man who once told me - ironically, in another off-camera conversation - after I called him out for inflating his ratings: 'People will believe you. He says that this is a moment in American life that is "painful for many women" and how he knows "the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump".

'You have my respect and admiration.

There is a regretful tone in his article as he says "Today is about reckoning and reawakening, and I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus".

With an eye toward a return to television, Bush said in the Times piece that "this past year 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".

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