Footage leaked Friday of Donald Trump and Billy Bush making lewd comments about Nancy O'Dell and Arianne Zucker
In his first one-one-one television appearance since Sunday’s second presidential debate and the release of the leaked footage on Friday, Bill O’Reilly asked the businessman-turned-GOP candidate how he plans to “win back women who were offended by the recent exposition from Access Hollywood.”
“Well, first of all locker room talk and most people have heard it before,” Trump, 70, told the Fox News host. “I’ve had a lot of women come up to me and say, ‘Boy, I’ve heard that and I’ve heard a lot worse than that over my life.’ “
“If that’s why I’m going to lose an election to get rid of Isis and to create strong borders and rebuild our military and do all the things we’re going to do, including Supreme Court judges and saving the Second Amendment because it’s under siege with Hillary Clinton — or as I call her crooked Hillary, which is what she is — if that’s what it’s going to take to lose an election, that would be pretty sad,” Trump told O’Reilly. “Then I have to go back to my other life. But I tell you what, I think we’re going to win the election, Bill.”
On Friday, The Washington Post published a video from 2005 that caught audio of Trump and Bush through a hot microphone making sexual comments about O’Dell and Zucker on an Access Hollywood bus. Hours after the leak, Trump apologized for his comments in a video message: “I never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on the more than decade-old video are one of them.”
Bush, 44, also apologized Friday with a public statement — “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. 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” — but has since been suspended from his post on the Today show indefinitely.
On Tuesday, an impending announcement surrounding Bush’s fate at NBC was confirmed by Entertainment Weekly after various outlets reported that Bush was in the midst of negotiating his exit from the morning show, where he began work earlier this year.