Billy Bush Says Trump Should Own Up to the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape

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On “The Late Show” on Monday, Billy Bush gave his first televised interview since the presidential election.

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Attacking Trump and Defending Himself

Billy Bush appeared on “The Late Show” on Monday, rejecting President Trump’s recent claims that his voice was not in fact featured on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. He was echoing an Op-Ed he published in Monday’s edition of The New York Times.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Now, this is the first interview you have done about what happened on that bus, since Donald Trump became president, and since he started privately denying that that’s him on that bus.

BILLY BUSH: Yeah.

STEPHEN COLBERT: O.K.

BILLY BUSH: By the way, I would also like to say that’s not me on the bus. You don’t get to say that, because I was there and the last 14 months of my life I have been dealing with it. You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president.

STEPHEN COLBERT: All right, don’t give away the ending.

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Mr. Colbert didn’t let Mr. Bush — who seemed to be egging Mr. Trump on during parts of the tape — get away with an easy self-exoneration.

BILLY BUSH: If I had thought it was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the F.B.I., not just reported it to my executive producer. So you know, that was it for me.

STEPHEN COLBERT: So why were you on the bus with him to begin with, again?

BILLY BUSH: Well, it was Season 3, I guess, of “The Apprentice.” So I was with him a lot. I was with him all the time.

STEPHEN COLBERT: You were working for an NBC property.

BILLY BUSH: Yes, like I wrote in the Op-Ed, I think a lot of us were, the big word is “complicit.” But everybody had to sort of kiss the ring a little bit of the Donald, because he was making so much money for NBC.

STEPHEN COLBERT: And where was he wearing that ring?

BILLY BUSH: [laughs]

‘Sloppy and Unfortunate’

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In his monologue, Mr. Colbert discussed a tweet sent from Mr. Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday.

Mr. Colbert said that if James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, is to be believed, Mr. Trump could be found guilty of obstructing justice in the inquiry on Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

“It’s like when you’re trying to get out of one lie and you accidentally tell a much worse lie. ‘Baby, baby, I couldn’t have been texting with my ex last night — I was too busy sleeping with your mom.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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