Billy Bush: Stop playing with peoples' lives

Throughout a Monday evening look on “The Late Present with Stephen Colbert,” Billy Bush once more verified the authenticity of the “Entry Hollywood” tape that includes President Trump’s crude feedback about girls.

Bush was internet hosting “Entry Hollywood” in 2005 when then-reality-star Donald Trump made remarks in a video that leaked throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Bush reiterated Monday what he wrote in a Sunday night New York Times op-ed piece — that it was in truth Trump’s voice within the tape. The problem had resurfaced due to a New York Times report quoting sources who said the president has privately questioned whether the tape is real.

“I might additionally wish to say that is not me on that bus. You do not get to say that,” Bush mentioned, including in response to Trump, “That’s your voice. I used to be there. You have been there.”

Colbert, who replayed the tape, famous that the difficulty would not have been raised once more if the president hadn’t opened that door.

“It is actually the dumbest factor he may have accomplished,” Colbert mentioned, including wryly — “He is a dumb, dumb particular person.”

Bush mentioned the studies of Trump’s denial “infuriated” him, not solely due to his personal involvement, however due to the ladies who had stepped ahead accusing Trump of sexual harassment.

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“You are reopening wounds on them too,” Bush mentioned. “Sufficient’s sufficient.”

Colbert requested Bush concerning the obvious irony of NBC firing him for his position within the scenario, however persevering with to make use of longtime “As we speak” host Matt Lauer. Lauer was not too long ago fired after studies arose relating to his personal alleged sexual misconduct.

Bush mentioned Lauer informed him on the time that he had privately lobbied the community to maintain Bush, who had simply segued to the morning present from “Entry Hollywood” — a present which NBC additionally distributes.

Bush famous that as a result of Trump hosted the hit present “The Apprentice,” everybody at NBC at the moment — throughout which the taped dialog passed off — needed to “kiss the ring a bit of little bit of The Donald.”

Bush added that he did not essentially take Trump actually, likening his feedback to “a crass standup act. … like an Andrew ‘Cube’ Clay efficiency,” referring to the once-controversial comic.

Bush mentioned that it took a while after his departure earlier than he started studying the accounts of the ladies who had publicly leveled allegations towards Trump.

“I mentioned, ‘Twenty girls do not get collectively and say, “You already know what can be actually enjoyable, let’s take down a strong man collectively.”‘ No, they do not,” Bush mentioned.

Colbert didn’t ask Bush about his profession plans, which have been a topic of renewed hypothesis in gentle of the op-ed and his look.

CNNMoney () First revealed December 5, 2017: 1:42 AM ET