Billy Bush Says ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape is Real

By on December 4, 2017
Billy Bush

In a New York Times op-ed published over the weekend, former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush spoke out publicly on the infamous Donald Trump tape, confirming its authenticity.

From the op-ed:

Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.

We now know better.

Bush’s choice to come forward now is important given recent reports that the president has been floating the theory over recent weeks that the tape is a fake, spinning the story for at least one Senator, as well as White House staffers. Bush ended up losing his job over the tape, mostly because he laughed along with Trump’s joke and put another woman into Trump’s grasp on the show.

In his op-ed, however, the former host struck an apologetic tone as he outlined the stories by Trump accusers Natasha Stoynoff, Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, Jill Harth and Kristin Anderson.

To these women: I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar, but I do know a lot about the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump. You have my respect and admiration. You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change.

Bush said that he believes the women, all of whom say that they are victims of sexual assault by the president. He also reflected on his own behavior — expressing remorse that he found humor in Trump’s words at the time — and has come to a greater spiritual and intellectual understanding of these issues and others through his experience.