Billy Bush Admits He Checked Into 'Soul-Searching Retreat' Following Trump Tape Fallout!

Billy Bush: Matt Lauer Defended Me Amid Donald Trump 'Access Hollywood' Tape Scandal

Former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush appeared on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" Monday night in his first interview that Bush has done since Donald Trump became president and since Mr. Trump has publicly denied that it was not his voice. For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal.

Now Bush is repeating his denunciation of Trump's reported denial of those comments. You don't get to say that", Bush said, adding in response to Trump, "That is your voice.

"The first time I ever heard it was about three days before it leaked ... and so it was like a gut punch ... and it's a gut punch now ... it will always be", Bush said.

Bush said Lauer told him at the time that he had privately lobbied the network to keep Bush, who had just segued to the morning show from "Access Hollywood"- a show which NBC also distributes.

It's been over a year since the tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault leaked, and the former television host was implicated in the backlash. 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 I said 20 women don't get together and say, 'You know what would be fun?" And when you're a star, they let you do it.

"I said, 'OK, you're reopening wounds on them too". "Stop playing around with people's lives".

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. "And so it was like a gut punch", Bush said.

Bush sat down Monday evening with Stephen Colbert. As Colbert noted, the Times probably wouldn't have been interested in a Bush mea culpa at this point in 2017 had the president not brought up the whole ugly thing again. "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and not just brought it to the attention of my producers". "President Trump is now indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his", Bush wrote, adding, "This has hit a raw nerve in me". "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". The then-Celebrity Apprentice host said he is "automatically attracted to beautiful women" and starts kissing them.

"Matt Lauer controlled that show".

"It was a hard time ... it was very hot emotionally in the country". He could have protected anybody and he did famously protect people from being fired from that show. "I said I appreciated it, and I accepted it, and thanked him".

"Women must be believed, and we kind of have to find our way to have the dialogue", Bush said. "We have to continue it all the way through, and I hope we do that".

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