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Billy Bush told The Hollywood Reporter he didn't think he'd be out of a job
by Nathan'ette Burdine: May 24, 2017

Ol’ Billy Bush there didn’t think he’d be out of a job after that famous Access Hollywood “Grab ‘em by the Pussy” video came out on the on-line and on TV.

At least, that’s what he told the folks over there at The Hollywood Reporter. Bush said to The Hollywood Reporter, “I thought that we would work through it and we would address people…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].”

NBC fired Bush from the Today Show less than a week after the tape was released. There are reports that the former Today Show host received the remaining $10 million that was left on his 3-year contract.

Prior to the tape being released, Bush had begun working with the Today Show during the summer of 2016. The Today Show was a move up for Bush from Access Hollywood, where he had been since 2001.

Although Bush comes from a famous political family that produced two presidents, he said that being under the spotlight is not something he’s use to and that the constant attention following the “Grab ‘em by the Pussy” tape was hurtful.

The biggest problem for Bush was wondering if those who knew him would all of a sudden look at him differently.

Luckily for Bush, he didn’t have to suffer the uncomfortable gaze of his family, friends, and former co-workers.

Bush said that his wife, Sydney Bush, told them they’ll get through it together. Amongst those at NBC who reached out to him were former Today Host Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Al Roker. He also said that model Cindy Crawford and Modern Family’s Julie Bowen showed him support as well, telling him “We know the real you.”

As for Donald Trump, welp, he hasn’t reached out to ol’ Billy Bush there and Bush isn’t expecting him to.

The Hollywood Reporter asked Bush if he believed the Access Hollywood video is a mirror image of who Trump is as a person.

Bush responded that he thought Trump was being an entertainer, playing to his audience: “I felt that, in that moment, he was being typically Donald, which is performing and shocking. Almost like Andrew Dice Clay, the stand-up comedian.”

The former Access Hollywood host said that during the filming of that famous video he was just trying to stay within Trump’s circle.

According to Bush, Trump was inconsistent when it came to who he accepted within his group from “moment to moment.”

Bush said to The Hollywood Reporter, “-I always had a nervous energy through these situations because he also decided a lot of times from day to day, moment to moment, who he liked, who was in and who was out, and my job was to remain in. I needed to be in, or maybe I’d be out. So that was the Trump environment.”

Bush did say that if he could’ve turned back the hands of time he would’ve changed the subject by asking simple questions like, “Does anyone want water? It looks like it’s gonna rain.”

Ol’ Bush there acknowledged that he had a hard time changing the topic because he “didn’t have the strength of character” to stand up to Trump. But now, things are different.

Bush’s three daughters’ reaction to the tape has given him a strength he says he didn’t have before.

His 12-year-old doesn’t want to see the tape, while his 18-year-old wants to open up a can of whup ass on anyone talking bad about her daddy.

As for the 15-year-old, welp, she let Bush know that that just wasn’t cool for him to be “laughing at the things that he [Trump] was saying on that bus.”

After realizing that everything he does affects the girls and woman in his life, Bush decided that it would be best for him to take a different approach to how he handles certain shit-uations.

So in order to achieve this, ol’ Bush there decided he’d try The Hoffman Process. The Hoffman Process conditions a person to not repeat the same behaviors that has given him trouble during his life.

Bush had this to say about The Hoffman Process, “The Hoffman Process was the beginning of real enlightenment. I wondered, ‘Were my negative patterns what led to [the Trump tape?’ Then I think, ‘Maybe not, but do I have them? And while we’re here, let’s get into that because you get [those patterns] from one or both of your parents, and I don’t want to pass it on to my girls.’”

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