Former NBC personality Billy Bush is trying to be relevant again.
Appearing on CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Bush reaffirmed that President Donald Trump did suggest that he grabbed women by the vagina and, in the face of a tsunami of sexual harassment claims, to claim that listening to the infamous tape is like a “a gut punch.”
This being the same guy who was yukking it up at the time.
“If I thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have contacted the FBI and not just brought it to the attention of my producers,” Bush told host Stephen Colbert.”
Bush was canned as a host of NBC’s flagship morning show “Today” after the “Access Hollywood” tape was leaked to the media in October.
Trump was the star of “The Apprentice” when the 2005 recording was made and Bush used this to justify his own behavior.
“Everybody had to kiss the ring of Donald because he was making the big money for NBC at the time,” he said.
Bush’s performance on the late night show follows up on a New York Times editorial he wrote that was published on Sunday.
Riding a popular wave of calling out sexual misconduct, the suddenly sanctimonious television personality offered a new take on Trump’s words.
“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,” Bush wrote. “He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better.”
The full “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” segment with Bush can be seen below:
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