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Billy Bush to Trump: 'Enough's enough'

Billy Bush to Trump: 'Enough's enough'

"President Trump is now indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his", Bush wrote, adding, "This has hit a raw nerve in me".

While Trump has yet to respond to or tweet about Bush's op-ed, the reiteration of Trump's guilt isn't happening in a vacuum as Bush notes that there were actually "seven other guys present on the bus".

"You do not get to say that, because I was there", Bush told Colbert. "You have been only dealing with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the President". He also told Colbert that Matt Lauer had told him he had tried to work behind the scenes to keep Bush on the show, but was not able to do so.

"It was a hard time ... it was very hot emotionally in the country". Said Bush. "If I thought that a man was detailing his sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation not just reported it to my executive producer".

"My boss, later, months later, said publicly, 'I think we may have moved a little quickly, '" he continued.

"Enough's enough. stop playing around with people's lives", he said, referring to Trump's latest alleged private suggestion that it was not him on the 2005 tape.

Bush was sacked from NBC in 2016 after being heard laughing on the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems resurface Flynn's "lock her up" comments after Mueller charges Congress must stop private prisons from receiving tax breaks Evangelicals were with Trump in 2016, and will be in 2020 MORE. "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not just reported it to my executive producer", he said.

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"Everybody had to kiss the ring of Donald because he was making the big money for NBC at the time", Bush told Colbert, noting he and crew members thought Trump was doing an act of some sort.

Bush's New York Times editorial is titled Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That. 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".

"It was the beginning of me saying, 'All right, get up, stop being sorry for yourself, stop worrying about these things". He could have protected anybody and he did famously protect people from being fired from that show. The then-Celebrity Apprentice host said he is "automatically attracted to beautiful women" and starts kissing them. Night after night, you can look below the surface of his Trump ridicule and see it plainly: He just wishes he didn't have to talk about Trump anymore, ever.

"We had a conversation about that", Bush explained. "He told me that he went privately to the bosses", he recalled.

Man, oh man. Regardless, the main thing Billy's learned from this whole experience is that "women must be believed".

"Interestingly, this particular moment that we're in hasn't ended", Colbert said.

"I think", Bush offered, "the bus ride was the tip of the iceberg".