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Billy Bush Confirms "Yes, Donald Trump, You Really Said That"

Billy Bush Confirms

Bush recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times following reports that Trump now allegedly denies that the voice on Access Hollywood tape is his, even though he previously publicly admitted that the voice on the tape was indeed his own. Ideally, he said, it will expand to include questions like "how do you talk to boys in peewee hockey locker rooms and teach them that when the conversation gets degrading, how do you either exit the conversation, change the topic, or intervene in some way?" We've got powerful people being held accountable now, and sometimes there's anonymous sources. "Let's take down a powerful guy together'".

Colbert said that Trump denying being on the bus was "the dumbest thing he could have done", because "no one would have printed" Bush's op-ed and "I couldn't show this footage of the bus unless he denied it again, too". "I sort of equated what he was saying to some kind of, you know, crass standup act, like, you know, an Andrew Dice Clay - you figure that's not Dice when he's home".

"We now know better", wrote Bush, who left NBC's "Today" in October 2016 after he was suspended as the network investigated Bush's laughing and joking with Trump on the tape.

Though Bush acknowledged that the last year-plus has been "a hard time", he also praised the current cultural shift surrounding sexual assault - and urged the public to keep it going. "Stop playing around with people's lives".

When Colbert pointed out that there was no audience, Bush said that he and the crew on the bus were Mr. Trump's audience. "I hope that we do get there, because I've spent a lot of time thinking about it".

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While Stern has been a friend of the 71-year-old for years, he has been vocal about this thoughts concerning the real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star pursuing politics.

"The first time I ever heard it was three days before it leaked", he recalled.

Bush said he was confused as well.

"He's got the hand up; I'm going into my little cabin to do the work", said Bush. "I think it was very hot emotionally".

Bush then reflected on how he felt about NBC firing him - and his response to Matt Lauer's firing after allegations of sexual misconduct. "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't going to be around, because we get on to the next thing, we get onto our phones, the next outrage comes". Back in October 2016, Bush was sacked from his position at the Today show as a result of the aforementioned tape, in which Bush laughed as Trump detailed the way in which he could supposedly force himself upon women. "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't going to be around".


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