Billy Bush finally spoke out about the infamous Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape.
On October 7th, 2016, Bush was about to takeoff from JFK when he discovered the tape with Donald Trump was released. While many thought this tape would be the end of Trump’s presidential campaign, he went on to become President, and left Bush in the dust. The following Monday, Bush was suspended. By October 17th, it was all over. He received a multimillion dollar severance package. Bush hasn’t had a job in television since the 11-year-old tape was released.
Bush sat down with the Hollywood Reporter and opened up about how the tape release effected his life and family. He confessed it was a “terrible, awful,” and “deeply embarrassing” experience. He admitted the tape has changed him for the better. “I am not grateful for the moment,” he told Hollywood Reporter. “I’m grateful for what I’ve gotten out of it. I’m grateful that it got me all the way to my core.”
Bush’s middle daughter, 15 year old Mary, called her Dad from boarding school. According to Bush, the conversation went something like this. “Dad, Dad, Dad,” and I said, “Everything is going to be fine, Mary. Everything’s going to be OK.” It’s just instinctively what you say to your daughter. And she said, “No, why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus, Dad? They weren’t funny.” It hit really hard and I stopped for a second, and I said, “I have no answer for that that’s any good. I am really sorry. That was Dad in a bad moment a long time ago. You know me. I am really sorry that you had to hear and see that. I love you.”
According to Bush, “plenty of people” at NBC knew about the Access Hollywood tape prior to its leak from the Washington Post. Friends and family believe Bush was treated unfairly, compared to Trump, who is now in the White House. Howard Owens, TV producer and co-CEO of Propagate Content said, “He got lumped up with Donald Trump, and his last name is Bush, and all of a sudden he got bushwhacked… not to say that he didn’t think what came out was terrible and certainly would have been something he would have had to deal with to regain the respect of his audience, but to never get that chance and to go down in a tidal wave of political anger is a tough thing.” The last time Bush spoke to Trump was before he announced he was running for president.
Since Bush’s firing from the Today Show, he felt “depressed, bloated and miserable.” He went on a healing retreat called, “The Hoffman Process.” Bush now meditates when he wake up, leaving him to watch very little, if any, TV in the morning.