‘Today’ Show Co-Host Billy Bush Apologizes Over Donald Trump Audio Leak
Today show co-host and former Access Hollywood presenter Billy Bush has apologized after a lewd conversation from 2005 about women with Donald Trump was leaked.
The Washington Post obtained the footage, which includes audio of Bush and the Republican presidential nominee using vulgar language while discussing women while riding on an Access Hollywood bus to the set of soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Trump, who along with Bush didn’t realize their microphones were still on, is overheard telling him and several others about a failed attempt to seduce an unnamed woman, saying, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f**k her. She was married.”
“And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture,'” Trump continued.
The billionaire real estate mogul then told the group, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful (women)… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
“Grab them by the p***y, you can do anything,” he added.
Bush released a statement after the audio leak on Friday, and said the comments he made were foolish.
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. 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,” he said.
Trump also released a statement, and tried to deflect attention from his offensive comments onto Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended,” he said.
Trump later apologized profusely, and pledged to change his ways. “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” he explained. “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.”