Billy Bush finally talks about that infamous sound bite scandal

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In his first lengthy interview about the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that got him fired from the “Today” show, TV host Billy Bush said that he is shocked by the way things turned out for him — and for President Trump — as a result of that clip from 2005, in which a live microphone caught a raunchy conversation that went viral during the presidential campaign.

“I will admit the irony is glaring. [Trump] has his process for his participation [in the tape], and I have mine. I had to turn this into a positive,” Bush told The Hollywood Reporter in the article that was published on Sunday.

“Looking back on what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic. I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ He liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’ I didn’t have the strength of character to do it,” said Bush, noting that in his opinion, the kind of banter he engaged in with Trump was more vulgar than your run-of-the-mill locker room chatter.

“I‘m in a lot of locker rooms, I am an athlete, and no, that is not the type of conversation that goes on or that I’ve participated in,” Bush said, noting that he hasn’t heard from the president since the scandal broke. And it sounds like Bush is not all that eager to talk to Trump anyway.

“I don’t think I’d interview Trump. It would be a spectacle,” said Bush. “In television, we love a spectacle, but I’ve come too far and learned too much. There are others that I’d rather interview, like Emmanuel Macron of France.”

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