Billy Bush: Hearing 'Access Hollywood' tape is 'like a gut punch now'

US First Lady Melania Trump President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence

US First Lady Melania Trump President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence

In the piece, Bush also discussed his concerns about the implications of Trump's "revisionist history" regarding the recording, saying "I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, and did not receive enough attention".

"He, last week, for some reason came out with, 'That's not my voice on the tape.' Like I said, you can't say that", Bush said.

Bush, who also penned a recent New York Times editorial on the topic, said that when Trump spoke to him and other men on the bus in 2005, he equated Trump's words to a "crass stand-up act" and didn't believe they described any real actions. Bush was careful to point out that Trump's delusional denial is far more insulting to the women (more than a dozen) who have accused the president, on the record, of sexual misconduct.

Colbert noted that the moment of reckoning began with Harvey Weinstein (whose own alleged history of sexual misconduct was made public October 5, nearly exactly a year after the Access Hollywood tape leak) and hasn't stopped. "And so it was like a gut punch", a noticeably cringing Bush said afterward. "Enough's enough. Stop playing around with people's lives.' That upset me".

Colbert and Bush then analyzed the president's remarks in the video. There's life to live, let's go, get better - be a better man, be a better person.' So I passed the television in the office when I was checking in.

US President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence address their election night rally in Manhattan New York US
Report: Pence Thought About Replacing Trump After 'Access Hollywood' Tape

The cultural moment we're in now-involving sexual assault, sexual impropriety and sexual harassment allegations against powerful people-is putting a new spotlight on accusations against the president, Colbert noted. "And he stuck - I'm going to say his finger - in this door hinge by denying this".

In the controversial clip, Bush and Trump, 71, could be heard on a hot mic having a vulgar, misogynistic conversation. "It's really the dumbest thing he could have done", the talk show host added. He actually doesn't do those things.' If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would've called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not just reported it to my executive producer.

Amid the controversy past year, Bush said that his former colleague Matt Lauer stood by him.

"We had a conversation about that and he told me that he went privately to the bosses and took that line", he recalled. "We have to find our way to have the dialogue", he said. "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't gonna be around, because we have all these [things], we get onto the next thing. We have to continue it all the way through and I hope we do that".

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