With his career hanging in the balance, new information surfaced about Billy Bush’s thoughts on the leaked “Access Hollywood” video with Donald Trump.
According to Page Six, the suspended “Today” host boasted that he had a “tape of Trump being a real dog,” prompting employees at “Access Hollywood” to investigate further.
“Billy was bragging about the tape to other NBC staff while in Rio. If he knew about the tape, and remembered the full extent of such an explosive conversation with a presidential candidate and didn’t disclose that to NBC News, that is a very, very serious problem,” an insider told the news outlet, adding it could violate the “morality clause” in Bush’s contract.
This week, Bush changed his tune. Reports claim the 44-year-old TV personality was in tears after the lewd tape leaked.
“Billy was devastated and crying when the leaked tape of him with Donald Trump in 2005 was first leaked to ‘The Washington Post,’” an insider told Us Weekly. “He was crying that his career was over.”
“It got out after the AP story about Donald talking about women on the ‘Apprentice’ set came out last week. Everyone at ‘Access Hollywood’ was talking about it and how to cover it,” the source explained. “One of the producers remembered the 2005 tape and the ‘Access’ tape librarian went through the archives to find the tape.”
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Bush told the news outlet last week. “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.”