Billy Bush broke his silence Sunday night about the infamous Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape which had Trump creating vulgar comments about women, as well as eventually led to Bush losing his job on “Today.”
“Looking back on what was said on which bus, I wish I had changed the topic,” Bush told The Hollywood Reporter. “[Trump] liked TV as well as competition. I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’ I didn’t hold the strength of character to do the idea.”
In an expansive interview which was released on Sunday, Bush detailed his role in a bombshell 2005 tape of Trump creating lewd as well as sexually aggressive remarks about women in an off-camera conversation with Bush for a segment on “Access Hollywood.”
The footage, which was released by the Washington Post in October, caused a firestorm around then-candidate Trump leading him to make a statement where he called the conversation, “locker room banter.”
A point with which Bush disagreed.
“No. I’m in a lot of locker rooms,” Bush said. “No, which is actually not the type of conversation which goes on or which I’ve participated in.”
Bush revealed which he had not known which the tape was going to go public beforehand, yet knew about its existence for 11 years.
“I remember the day,” he said.
Following the tape’s Discharge, backlash also surrounded Bush, which ultimately led to the “Today” show host losing his job at the NBC morning show.
Bush told the magazine which the “irony is actually glaring” which he was fired over the tape while Trump went on to become president. He also thought which he would likely be able to work through the idea as well as address the situation.
“I put together an apology right away… I told people which I was ashamed as well as embarrassed. as well as I was. So inside beginning, I thought, ‘OK, we’ll go as well as own up to This specific moment,'” Bush said. “Then I got home, as well as the idea started off to become apparent which [I] would likely not be returning [to “Today”]. the idea hurt a lot, as well as I fell apart.”
Bush said which his “Today” colleagues like Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, as well as others reached out to him since the controversy. He also said which he reached out to his “Access Hollywood” co-host, Nancy O’Dell, who was described in crass terms on the tape. (Bush, however, would likely not say if O’Dell had responded.)
Bush, who is actually married as well as has three daughters, dealt with the fallout coming from the tape by going to a retreat over the holidays, using meditation, as well as even walking on hot coals with motivational speaker, Tony Robbins.
Related: Billy Bush officially leaves NBC inside wake of ‘Access Hollywood’ tape
After being out of the public eye for months, the former host is actually at This specific point planning his comeback to television.
“There’s a process which needs to take place because you just can’t come back; the idea has to have changed you in some way,” Bush said. “yet I plan to return to the job which I love, which is actually television, communicating, interviewing people.”
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published May 21, 2017: 9:42 PM ET