Former “Today” host Billy Bush said in an interview Sunday that he wished he would have changed the subject when he was engaging in bawdy talk with Donald Trump, seen in a video from 2005.
“Looking back on what was said on that bus, I wish that I had changed the subject. I wish I had said: ‘anyone want water?” or “It looks like it’s gonna rain,” Bush told The Hollywood Reporter. “He loved TV and competition. I would have said: “Can you believe the ratings of what?’ I had not the strength to do it.”
Bush added that he did not agree with Trump that the conversation recorded by “Access Hollywood”, and that will be released during the 2016 election, the “locker room talk.”
“I’m in a lot of of the changing rooms, I’m an athlete, and no, that is not the kind of conversation that goes on or that I have participated in,” Bush said.
The video shows Trump describe try to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women leave him to kiss and grab them because he is famous.
“When you’re a star they will let you do that,” Trump said. “You can do anything.”
Bush said that his then-15-year-old daughter, Maria, called him in tears from her boarding school when the news broke, and asked him why he heard laughing at the things Trump said on the old tape.
“It hit really hard, and I stopped for a second, and I said: ‘I have no answer for that, that is good. I’m really sorry. That was Dad in a bad time a long time ago,” he said.
In a video apology, Trump stated that he was wrong, but also dismissed the revelations as “nothing more than a distraction” from ten years ago. He later said that he never did any of the actions described on the tape.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.