Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

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

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Television journalist Billy Bush made his first late night appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since the infamous Access Hollywood leaked tape that cost him his job at NBC's Today Show.

Although Trump apologized previous year for such comments, he has recently been investigating whether that really was his voice on the tape, with The New York Times reporting that he has been suggesting it was not actually his voice.

(Screenshot: YouTube/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) Billy Bush (L) speaking on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in an appearance on December 5, 2017.

"Look, he, last week, for some reason, came out with, 'That's not my voice on the tape.' Like I said, you can't say that". And I said, 'Okay, you're reopening wounds on them, too.' Enough is enough. That is your voice.

What struck me watching Bush on Colbert is that, after a year-plus since the release of that tape, Bush still seems strikingly uninsightful about his role in this kind of cultural exchange.

Colbert cross-examined Bush on the contents of the "Access Hollywood" tape and asked what it meant when Mr. Trump said, "I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn't get there". An anonymous source told The New York Times last week that, in January, Trump mentioned he had doubts about the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape, and reportedly told a Republican senator, "We don't think that was my voice". Trump's denial "infuriated me on the personal front, and then I ended up googling, and I read an article with all these women's accounts [of Trump harassment], because when that article first came out, it was 13 days after I'd been fired, so I was in my own personal shock", Bush said. Haha.' No, they don't. "Stop playing around with people's lives".

"The very day he was swearing in as the 45th President of the United States, I was checking into this soul-searching retreat in Santalina, California for nine days", Bush quipped.

"Enough's enough", said Bush. (Bush did engage in some creepy behavior after getting off the bus, insisting on "a hug" for "The Donald" and "The Bushy.") He now claims he thought Trump was doing a kind of stand-up routine to impress the (eight) other men on the bus. I am really sorry.

"It was 2005, and his ratings were through the roof and he was the big star of NBC".

"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". "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.

"He's got the hand up; I'm going into my little cabin to do the work", said Bush.

And it appears that some of the higher ups at NBC regret Billy's firing - and Matt Lauer even defended him.

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". As Bush told Colbert, "No question, I feel like I sacrificed a little bit of myself in the moment".

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