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Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
FBI agents sought records relating to Trump's Access Hollywood tape in their raid of Michael Cohen's office
The infamous 2005 tape in which Donald Trump is heard saying vulgar remarks with Billy Bush on a bus was connected to Monday's raid of the president's attorney's office, reports The New York Times, which adds: "It is not clear what role, if any, Mr. Cohen played regarding the tape, which was made public a month before the election. But the fact that the agents were seeking documents related to the tape reveals a new front in the investigation into Mr. Cohen that is being led by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan."
Posted Sunday 3/04/18 at 2:12PM EST
Access Hollywood plans to ask Oscar attendees if they will talk to Ryan Seacrest
Rob Silverstein, Access Hollywood's executive producer, tells Page Six he has instructed hosts Scott Evans and Kit Hoover to grill celebrities about the #MeToo movement and the politics surrounding it. “And then,” he added, “we will ask them whether or not they will talk to Ryan Seacrest.” Page Six also reports that "celebrities have been practicing answers to the inevitable barrage of questions involving alleged abusers Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen, and publicists have been working overtime to make sure their clients 'don’t step in a pile of sh*t' during interviews, as one Los Angeles publicist with Oscar-nominated clients said."
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Billy Bush called out for saying that "for a man," losing his career was “the ultimate degradation”
“I was ashamed and embarrassed,” Bush recently told People magazine of his Access Hollywood Donald Trump scandal. “And then I went through stages of grieving because I lost my career. For a man, that’s the ultimate degradation.” To which Isha Aran says: “I agree that losing your career is definitely hard, but using the phrase ‘the ultimate degradation’ seems weird in light of the fact that Bush was fired for taking part in very degrading comments towards women. Also it’s weird that he gendered the loss of his job, when not only is that probably not the ultimate degradation for a man, but...losing your job sucks for women too! Also, and maybe this is nitpicking, but it seems like an unwise phrase to use in light of the society-wide conversation about the heinous degradation women (and some men) have faced at the hands of men in power. Clearly, Bush still doesn’t get it, even over a year after his downfall.”
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 4:46AM EST
Why Billy Bush’s “redemption tour” is so confusing
“Bush’s complicated role in Pu**ygate makes his image-rehabilitation attempt feel harder to process,” says Katy Waldman. She adds: “On one hand, he stands in for a culture of enablers who allowed predators like Trump to flourish—who egged them on and dismissed the voices of those who spoke out…But Bush also represents something more sympathetic: a scapegoat.”
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
Billy Bush is being "widely praised for a column explaining that Trump said what we already knew he said"
“When outlined in lucid terms by a prominent white man in media, it’s given added credence,” says Katherine Cusumano of Bush's New York Times Op-Ed on Donald Trump's infamous Access Hollywood tape. “Believe women, and also believe the man telling you to believe women. The bar is so low for male allies these days, Bush has been widely praised for a column explaining that Trump said what we already knew he said. On the spectrum of apologies issued by men over the past two months, Bush’s is among the more thoughtful, rightfully shouldering the burden of enabling Trump. (Writer Sarah Hagi tweeted, ‘I want to interview Billy Bush’s ghostwriter.’) It seems, all you need to do to make a comeback as a straight white man is to confirm what much of your audience already knows. Oh, and don’t forget to mention your daughters.”
- Stephen Colbert’s audience cheers Bush for saying about Trump, “enough is enough” and “stop playing around”
- Bush’s piece captured the “network effects of harassment” and the “tricky dynamics of complicity when it comes to harassment”
- TV executives are already speculating on where he’ll end up
- Is Bush planning to trash NBC’s handling of Matt Lauer?
- Bush shouldn’t be allowed to use #MeToo to get back on TV
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 7:43AM EST
Billy Bush calls out President Trump’s “revisionist history”: “He said it... Of course he said it”
Bush writes that there were "seven other guys present on the bus at the time" the infamous Access Hollywood tape was made. In advance of his appearance on tonight’s Stephen Colbert, Bush has penned a New York Times article that responds to reports that Trump has suggested their video was faked. "President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his,” writes Bush. “This has hit a raw nerve in me.”
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 4:01PM EST
Billy Bush to visit Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on Monday
The former Today host will make his first late-night appearance since his infamous Donald Trump "grab them by the p*ssy” Accces Hollywood scandal.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Report: Trump wanted to investigate whether his Access Hollywood tape was faked
“We don’t think that was my voice,” Donald Trump told a Republican senator shortly before his inauguration, according to The New York Times. “Since then,” reports The Times, “Mr. Trump has continued to suggest that the tape that nearly upended his campaign was not actually him, according to three people close to the president. As the issue of sexual harassment has swept through the news media, politics and entertainment industries, Mr. Trump has persisted in denying allegations that he, too, made unwanted advances on multiple women in past years. In recent days, he has continued to seed doubt about his appearance on the Access Hollywood tape, stunning his advisers.” ALSO: The Washington Post reports that "Trump has occasionally told senior advisers that the Access Hollywood tape could be fabricated or may not be real"
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:15AM EST
Access Hollywood responds to President Trump reportedly saying his infamous tape was fake
The New York Times reported over the weekend that President Trump suggested to a senator that the Billy Bush Access Hollywood tape was "not authentic." “We wanted to clear something up that has been reported across the media landscape. Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real,” host Natalie Morales said on Monday's Access Hollywood. “Remember his excuse at the time was ‘locker-room talk.’ He said every one of those words.” ALSO: Billy Bush hospitalized after getting hit with a golf ball.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 4:16PM EDT
A rogue plaque briefly appeared at the site of Donald Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape
DC's Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Phil Klemmer was responsible for the stunt at the former location of NBC Studios. The plaque, which was quickly removed, stated the following: “On this spot in September 2005, Donald J. Trump bragged about committing sexual assault. In November 2016, he was elected President of the United States.