Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Stephen Colbert Doesn't Let Billy Bush Off the Hook

Stephen Colbert Doesn't Let Billy Bush Off the Hook

The seasoned TV personality made this abundantly clear during his Monday night appearance on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show.

Appearing on CBS' "Late Show With Stephen Colbert", Bush reaffirmed that President Donald Trump did suggest that he grabbed women by the vagina and, in the face of a tsunami of sexual harassment claims, to claim that listening to the infamous tape is like a "a gut punch". Bush recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times following reports that Trump now allegedly denies that the voice on Access Hollywood tape is his, even though he previously publicly admitted that the voice on the tape was indeed his own. Since then, a debate has raged regarding whether Bush should have a second chance in the public eye.

Though Bush acknowledged that the last year-plus has been "a hard time", he also praised the current cultural shift surrounding sexual assault - and urged the public to keep it going. "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize", Trump said in a video released in October of previous year. "You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president". "Let's take down a powerful guy together.' No they don't", he continued. No, Bush's actions were not criminal; he did not sexually harass or mistreat any women himself. Why should he be welcomed back to the spotlight? In regards to how he reacted when the tape first resurfaced, the Today alum said watching it was like a "gut punch" and originally equated Donald's words to a "crass stand-up act". You kind of figure, 'Well that's not Dice when he's home. "He doesn't actually do those things", Bush told Colbert. "Why did it seem like a performance to you?"

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"As I read (their accounts), I said (16) women don't get together and say, 'Hey, you know what would be really fun?" Moreover, a former Trump aide confirmed on Sunday via NBC's Meet the Press that the tape was undoubtedly of the president. As Bush put it, "everybody had to sort of kiss the ring, a little bit, of the Donald".

"The (Access Hollywood) bus was the tip of the iceberg", Bush said. Ideally, he said, it will expand to include questions like "how do you talk to boys in peewee hockey locker rooms and teach them that when the conversation gets degrading, how do you either exit the conversation, change the topic, or intervene in some way?"

"He said it. Of course he said it", Bush wrote.

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