Billy Bush Reflects on 'Access Hollywood' Trump Tape Scandal Two Years Later

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The TV host took to Instagram to open up about the lingering aftermath of his controversial conversation with Donald Trump.

Billy Bush on Sunday took to Instagram to let it be known that he's still feeling the effects of his controversial Access Hollywood recording with Donald Trump.

"Two years ago today, my life went from order to chaos in a dramatic instant," he wrote. "I accounted for my small part, while the President and my employer walked away and still haven’t accounted for their actions. These past couple years have been character building to say the least – anxiety attacks, fits of rage, feelings of betrayal and abandonment – and I have concluded that I am NOT extraordinary. Terrible things can happen at any moment to ANYONE."

The former Today show co-host went on to say that he feels “grateful to know adversity as intimately as I do, and to have developed more empathy, humility and resilience" following the scandal.

Continued Bush: "To know you can laugh even in the darkest hour is a blessing. Especially at yourself. I am grateful to God and my family for true love and support, and to all of you for your kindness. I have an idea. Let’s stop tolerating this escalating war on flaws and the obliteration of people for things we all do. … We are humans and thus fallible. Let’s take better care of each other."

With his message, Bush shared a photo from one of his last days on the set of Today in October 2016. "@hodakotb and producers dressed me in man spanx. I remember us all hysterically laughing," he added. "I still wear them. Shhh."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Two years ago today, my life went from order to chaos in a dramatic instant. I accounted for my small part, while the President and my employer walked away and still haven’t accounted for their actions. These past couple years have been character building to say the least - anxiety attacks, fits of rage, feelings of betrayal and abandonment - and I have concluded that I am NOT extraordinary. Terrible things can happen at any moment to ANYONE. On the positive side, I feel grateful to know adversity as intimately as I do, and to have developed more empathy, humility and resilience. And to know you can laugh even in the darkest hour is a blessing. Especially at yourself. I am grateful to God and my family for true love and support, and to all of you for your kindness. I have an idea. Let’s stop tolerating this escalating war on flaws and the obliteration of people for things we all do. It’s fueled by an activist media and (anti) social media and it’s barbaric. We are humans and thus fallible. Let’s take better care of each other. Photo: Oct 7, 2016 at Today Show before chaos struck. @hodakotb and producers dressed me in man spanx. I remember us all hysterically laughing. I still wear them. Shhh

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As previously reported, Bush was swiftly let go from the Today show — which he joined in the summer of 2016 — for his behavior in a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood video clip. The footage was obtained and published by The Washington Post in October 2016, just one month before the presidential election. In the video, Bush and then-Apprentice host Trump could be heard engaging in what many considered to be misogynistic banter.

Bush first broke his silence about the controversy in a May 2017 cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"It’s been a roller coaster. If you start from the day everything happened, Friday, Oct. 7, it was just instant shock. Things were happening way too fast, and a media circus developed. I’ve never been the type that the paparazzi would be interested in," Bush explained at the time to THR. "So that early part was just chaos. But then things progressed, and when you have a big, traumatic event, you go through stages, and it led to acceptance and understanding. And then I found myself in a place of soul searching. And I developed a commitment to become a better, fuller man."