Report: Billy Bush ‘Will Never Be on Today Again’ in Wake of Trump Scandal
Billy Bush Apologizes for Role in Trump Video: ‘I’m Embarrassed and Ashamed’
Billy Bush has regrets about playing along with Donald Trump.
The current Today show co-host, seen laughing along with Trump as the Republican presidential nominee makes sexist comments on a just-released video, issued a statement of apology on Friday.
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Bush said in a statement. “It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.” (Note: Billy Bush was 33 years old when the video was made.)
The video currently creating a political firestorm is from 2005, when Bush was a host for Access Hollywood and Trump was doing a guest spot on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. In it, the newly married Trump talks openly about hitting on a married woman (“I did try and f–k her”) — who turns out to be Bush’s Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O’Dell — and says being a celebrity allows him to do whatever he wants to women: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—y.”
Late Friday, Trump released a video statement in which he dismissed the controversy as a “distraction” from the real issues.
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