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Billy Bush Breaks Silence on Trump's Lewd Leaked Audio: 'I Didn't Have the Strenght of Character' to Change the Subject

Billy Bush Breaks Silence on Trump's Lewd Leaked Audio: 'I Didn't Have the Strenght of Character' to Change the Subject

Billy Bush takes the cover of THR‘s latest issue to explain his side of the story with regards to that infamous lewd leaked audio with Donald Trump.

Here’s what the 45-year-old former TV personality had to share:

On the actual conversation: “Looking back on what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic…[Trump] 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.”

On what happened when the tape leaked: “I put together an apology right away… I told people that I was ashamed and embarrassed. And I was. So in the beginning, I thought, ‘OK, we’ll go and own up to this moment. Then I got home, and it started to become apparent that [I] would not be returning [to "Today"]. It hurt a lot, and I fell apart.”

On his comeback to TV: “There’s a process that needs to take place because you just can’t come back; it has to have changed you in some way. But I plan to return to the job that I love, which is television, communicating, interviewing people.”

For more from Billy, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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Credit: Frank W. Ockenfels/THR
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  • Chicken_Paprikash

    what a jack ass

  • werd

    If Trump (who was the one who actually said the vile things on the tape) can be elected to President, then surely this idiot can find his way back on television.

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  • Casey C

    man alive this sounds so contrived and calculated, like his answers were run through a focus group to ensure he sounded sincere.

    ‘because you just can’t come back; it has to have changed you in some way’. hes not saying he’s changed, or that he’s learned from it, just that it has to appear that way. ugh

  • Ash

    Liberals need to stop treating him like he killed a baby or something. If you can forgive and forget that child molester Lena Dunham then you sure as hell can do the same for this guy otherwise you are the biggest hypocrite.

  • Legendary Trolly

    He didnt change, their is nothing to learn from, he really didnt do anything wrong. He was a fall guy imo, and his bosses bee knew it was out their, but now its a problem. They sacrificed him just to go at Trump. Shiesty mess imo, that you hate a person so much, that you throw your own uder the bus!