Billy Bush Apologizes for Making Lewd Comments About Women with Donald Trump in 2005: 'I'm Embarrassed and Ashamed’
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Bush says in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “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.”
A video of the conversation published by The Washington Post on Friday contained inappropriate comments from Trump about groping and trying to have sex with women that was caught on a hot microphone.
The conversation took place as Trump and Bush were on board an Access Hollywood bus, arriving on the set of Days of Our Lives to tape a segment about a cameo Trump was filming for the soap opera at the time.
Access Hollywood addressed the footage on Friday, with host Natalie Morales claiming that it was Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell who Trump was talking about.
On the tape, Trump can be heard describing a failed attempt to have sex with an unnamed woman. It is unclear when the incident took place, but the tape was recorded several months after Trump married his third wife, Melania, in January 2005, the Post reported.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” said Trump, who is now the Republican nominee for president. “I did try and f–k her. She was married.”
“Whoa,” a voice, apparently Bush’s, can be heard saying.
Bush, a married father of three girls, is currently a co-host of the third hour of The Today Show. Later on Friday a petition was made calling for NBC to fire Bush for his comments.
Trump continued in the video: “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.’”
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t–s and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Trump and Bush went on to make vulgar comments about Arianne Zucker, an actress who was waiting nearby to bring them onto the Days of Our Lives set.
“Your girl’s hot as s—, in the purple,” Bush told Trump, who replied, “Whoa! Whoa!”
“I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump said. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — 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,” Trump said. “You can do anything.”
“Grab them by the p—y,” he added. “You can do anything.”
Later, after the two men exited the bus and met Zucker, Bush said: “How about a little hug for the Donald? He just got off the bus.”
“Would you like a little hug, darling?” Zucker said.
“Absolutely,” Trump replied. As they hugged and air-kissed, Trump said, “Melania said this was okay.”