Billy Bush, looking older and a bit more world-weary is out on what is called a mea culpa tour in the world of PR, speaking apologetically about that time when he went along with the disrespectful and misogynistic talk about women, and that it was okay to sexually assault them. Bush says that what hurt the most was that he disappointed the women in his life, including his three daughters. Bush recalled in interviews what happened when he was finally confronted by his middle daughter Mary.
Billy Bush had a lot of time to think about not only his part in the “locker room talk” with Donald Trump aboard the Access Hollywood bus but also the relationship he had with his NBC co-workers, and what made them expose him so publicly, getting him terminated swiftly, says the Inquisitr. Billy Bush allegedly bragged to his new Today show co-workers that he was a close friend of then presidential candidate Donald Trump, which sent said co-workers to check out the video that led to Bush’s undoing. Others believe that Bush flew too close to the sun in moving from celebrity gossip to serious journalism with the NBC news division in New York.
When the video of Billy Bush making chauvinistic jokes with Donald Trump leaked, Billy Bush had to know instantly that he would have a lot of explaining to do when he returned home to wife Sydney Davis and their three teenaged daughters, Josie, Mary, and Lillie, but Bush recalls that a conversation with his middle daughter, Mary, will stick with him. Bush says that during the chaotic time, the opinions of his family mattered most.
“The initial moments were total chaos. The paparazzi were never interested in me before, and now they’re outside the gate and ready to go. But once we settled and got to connect, there was a powerful moment — my now 16-year-old daughter [Mary] called me and she was in tears. She was really upset.”
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Despite Billy Bush’s efforts to reassure Mary that it would be okay, Mary wanted to understand why her father, Bush would think Trump’s kind of talk was funny.
“I said, ‘Mary, it’s going to be OK. You know, don’t worry. No, why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus? Why were you playing along with that, dad? It wasn’t funny. I said, ‘Mary, I am sorry, and there is no good answer for that.'”
Billy Bush is blaming his behavior with Donald Trump on a lack of strength of character. Bush says that explaining to Mary that he had no excuse was difficult.
“I said ‘I have no answer for that that’s any good. I am really sorry. That was Dad in a bad moment a long time ago. You know me. I am really sorry that you had to hear and see that. I love you.’ She needed to hear that, and I certainly needed to tell her that.”
Bush explained that his oldest daughter was angry about the situation, but expressed it as anger towards others rather than her father. Billy Bush says that his wife Sydney knows the man she married, and so there was no need to ask her for forgiveness.
Bush said that when the story broke, he genuinely thought that with an apology he would be able to keep his job at the Today show, but quickly he realized that saying sorry wouldn’t be enough. Bush says that now that he is older, and is the father of three girls, he realizes what women see and hear when they watch the clip of Bush joking with Donald Trump.
“Is that what happens when I walk out of a room? When I walk out of a meeting, is that what they’re saying about me? Are they sizing me up?” I can’t live with that. If a moment like that arose again, I would shut it down quickly. I am in the women raising business, exclusively. I have three daughters — Mary, Lillie, Josie — and I care very much about the world and the people they encounter.”
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Billy Bush also says that looking back, if he would have heard the things that Donald Trump said about his sexual strategy with women, he might have thought to call the police or perhaps the FBI.
Do you think that Billy Bush is truly sorry, or is he just sorry he got caught?
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