Billy Bush says the Trump ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was ‘weaponized’

Billy Bush says the Trump ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was ‘weaponized’

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During a Monday interview with CBS’ Gayle King, former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush spoke about the infamous tape that got him fired and shook the Trump campaign in 2016.

Bush, who is hosting the entertainment show “Extra” three years after being fired as a co-host of NBC’s “Today,” spoke out about the aftermath of the “Access Hollywood” tape. The 2005 tape, released during the 2016 presidential campaign, shows Trump on a hot mic bragging about being with beautiful women, asserting “You can grab ’em by the p***y … when you’re a star they let you do it.”

“I was not prepared for what happened, because it happened, like so often things do these days, like that,” Bush said. “Took the car to the airport, got on the plane, and boom.”

Bush explained that “everybody at the network” knew that a tape of Trump’s comments existed, but that he never expected it to be “weaponized.” While he was not the “target” of the hit, Bush was still fired two days after the tape was released for allegedly encouraging Trump.

“No. I mean he — he was being him,” Bush claimed. “I think part of that personality and character is why he was successful in a boardroom making people fight over lemonade stands.”

Bush said that he did not think Trump was describing sexual assault at the time, the Daily Caller reports. He understood Trump’s comments to be a mere boast.

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