TV host Billy Bush said he couldn’t believe the turn of events that resulted from releasing the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that was meant to smear Donald Trump.
Trump became president and Bush lost his job.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 21, 2017
“I will admit the irony is glaring,” Bush told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Sunday. “[Trump] has his process for his participation [in the tape], and I have mine. I had to turn this into a positive.”
At the time, “things were happening way too fast.”
He also said if he could go back in time he would have taken it all back changed the subject from the treatment of women to something else when he was talking to Trump on the bus.
“Looking back on what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic,” Bush said. “I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ He liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’ I didn’t have the strength of character to do it.”
He also disagreed with then-candidate Trump’s statement that what was said in the 2005 conversation was unfortunate “locker room talk.”
“I‘m in a lot of locker rooms, I am an athlete, and no, that is not the type of conversation that goes on or that I’ve participated in,” Bush told The Reporter.
Bush said if asked, he would be sooner interview France’s newly-elected president than that of the United States. A Bush-Trump interview would be viewed as a media stunt and not taken seriously.
“I don’t think I’d interview Trump. It would be a spectacle,” he told the magazine. “In television, we love a spectacle, but I’ve come too far and learned too much. There are others that I’d rather interview, like Emmanuel Macron of France.”
Bush is concentrating on his own career at the moment, and projects a comeback move in the industry.
“I plan to return to the job that I love,” he said.
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