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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 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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Billy Bush's NBC Exit Addressed on 'Today' Show (Video)

Billy Bush‘s exit from NBC and the Today show was acknowledged briefly on the morning program on Tuesday (October 18).

“NBC News announced last night that Billy Bush would be leaving the Today show effective immediately, noting that he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family,” Matt Lauer said on the air. “A statement Billy released separately last night read in part, ‘I look forward to what lies ahead.’ And, of course, all of us here at Today wish Billy the very best.”

It was just announced last night that Billy and NBC had parted ways after leaked audio with offensive language from him and Donald Trump was revealed.

Billy Bush Releases Statement After Leaving 'Today' Show

Billy Bush has officially taken his exit from the Today show due to his involvement with Donald Trump‘s leaked lewd tape, as NBC announced earlier today.

The 45-year-old host has reportedly reached a settlement with the network for an undisclosed amount.

Billy Bush will be leaving the Today show’s 9 a.m. hour, effective today,” Noah Oppenheim, the executive in charge of the show, wrote in a staff memo on Monday (October 17).

“While he was a new member of the Today team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family,” Noah added. “We wish him success as he goes forward.”

Billy has also released his own statement: “I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead.”

Billy Bush & NBC Reach Settlement Following Donald Trump Tape Leak

Billy Bush has officially reached an exit settlement with NBC following his involvement in Donald Trump‘s leaked lewd tape, according to TMZ.

The 45-year-old television personality will end his employment with the network, terminate his contract with the Today show and receive a confidential financial payout.

Although the exact settlement is not known, sources say that Billy is happy with the final numbers but believes his punishment is unfair.

The sources added that Billy had openly talked about the tape in front of his bosses but had never been disciplined and felt he was cut loose purely for PR reasons.

Melania Trump Blames Billy Bush for Donald Trump's Leaked Offensive Audio - Watch

Melania Trump is speaking out about Donald Trump‘s offensive audio tape and sexual assault allegations for the first time in this sit down interview with Anderson Cooper.

The 46-year-old former model and wife of Donald Trump said her husband was engaging in “boy talk, and he was led on — like, egged on — from the host [Billy Bush] to say dirty and bad stuff.” Billy was the other voice heard in the audio with Donald.

Melania also said, “I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It’s not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know. And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on — it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on.”

Billy Bush's Lawyer Says He Is Not Getting $10 Million Settlement From NBC

Billy Bush is in the midst of negotiations to exit NBC, but he will not be receiving the rumored $10 million settlement, according to his lawyer Marshall Grossman.

The 45-year-old television personality was suspended by the network for his role in the leaked audio featuring Donald Trump‘s lewd remarks about women and will reportedly not be returning to his role as a Today show host.

“There’s no $10 million settlement and that number has not even been discussed,” Marshall told The Hollywood Reporter.

He added, “The parties are negotiating a resolution of their differences at their highest level, and I am personally optimistic that the matter will be resolved upon terms satisfactory to both parties.”