Billy Bush is apologizing for his side of a lewd conversation that he had with Donald Trump in 2005.
A recording of the profane chat was revealed by The Washington Post on Friday, full of quotes made by the Republican presidential candidate, seemingly unaware his mic was on. The comments could reduce his chances of winning the White House in November, particularly among female voters (“…when you’re a star [women] let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”)
Yet the former Access Hollywood anchor seemed eager to keep up his side of the conversation and offered several embarrassing lines as well (“Your girl’s hot as s— in the purple”).
Bush deleted his Twitter account Friday as the story broke, but has now released this statement: “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
Access Hollywood has had no comment on the matter, but plans to address the subject in tonight’s telecast.
Trump quickly issued a rare apology for the recording, sending the following statement to EW: “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton responded to the video on Twitter: “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.” And her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, told reporters, “It makes me sick to my stomach.”