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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 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 Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Billy Bush has no plans to return to entertainment journalism — but he’ll soon announce a project “inspired by his journey”
The disgraced former Today star says instead of returning to entertainment journalism, he’ll be focused on the whiskey brand he co-founded. He also has an upcoming project in the works that he'll soon announce. “I have a plan to make this mess my message,” he says. “I know I’m coming out with a purpose. And I want to use what I know to help other people.”
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
Report: Billy Bush and Tamron Hall are separately pitching ideas for a daytime TV comeback
The Today alums are looking to return to daytime television, according to Us Weekly. “Billy Bush has been pitching a news or news talk show for the morning, starring himself,” a source tells Us Weekly. “No one is biting or picking it up.” Meanwhile, Hall is looking to host a daytime talk show after her previous talk show plans with Harvey Weinstein were derailed by his sexual harassment scandal.
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 Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Even if Billy Bush is having a redemption tour, you have to give him credit for taking his lumps
Of course, cynicism is warranted, but Bush came across as sincer in his interview with Stephen Colbert, says Sonia Saraiya. She adds: “Bush’s on-camera presence was less smarmy than cathartic. He was surprisingly amenable to Colbert taking the piss out of him in front of a live studio audience; he seemed to almost welcome it. And personally, anyway, it was a relief to watch at least one of the figures in this grand drama of misogyny answer a few pointed questions on-camera. It’s striking: Bush didn’t apologize or ask for forgiveness, which could be frustrating or welcome, depending on the viewer. But he did offer the audience accountability; he did offer at least a modicum of responsibility for his actions.” ALSO: Bush was hardly missed and his redemption tour looks cynical as hell.
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:01AM EST
Stephen Colbert didn’t go easy on Billy Bush
The Late Show host didn’t exactly grill Bush, but he did make him wince by replaying the Access Hollywood tape. As Laura Bradley notes, Colbert’s “Late Show audience, at least, didn’t seem fully on board with Bush’s apology tour, remaining largely somber during his appearance—even as Bush once more affirmed the truth of the tape, despite Trump recently suggesting the opposite.” Bush also told Colbert that Matt Lauer defended him to his Today bosses. ALSO: Colbert got big ratings from Bush's appearance.
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 Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
NBC seems plagued with problems, especially when it comes to sexual harassment
Matt Lauer, Donald Trump and Mark Halperin all share two things in common: NBC as a former employer and accusations of sexual harassment. Then there is NBC News’ questionable decision to spike Ronan Farrow’s bombshell Harvey Weinstein story. “Here,” says Ben Mathis-Lilly, “we have a network and its news operation that could have changed the course of two of the biggest stories of the past two years: Trump and sexual assault. Instead it suppressed news in a way that helped bad actors keep or obtain power. And I haven’t even mentioned that its most famous anchor never came fully clean about having made up a war story. What is NBC doing?”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment problem was hiding in plain sight at NBC News
Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison reports that Lauer’s sexual harassment problem “was hiding in plain sight” in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein story, which NBC News passed on -- one high-level source even says "everybody knew." For weeks, Ellison writes, NBC News executives “had been hearing rumors of stories being reported at Variety and The New York Times about Lauer’s alleged sexual relationships with NBC bookers and producers.” They even questioned Lauer about the rumors, which he adamantly denied. Ellison further explains that because Lauer was frequently followed by paparazzi, the only place he could engage in sexually inappropriate behavior was in his office or on the road. According to her reporting, there were “two groups of women that Lauer seemed to focus his attention on: interns, pages, and production assistants in charge of running scripts in the morning; and also bookers.” Ellison explains that Lauer’s downfall could’ve come from “any number of his current or former colleagues,” speculating, based on one source, that Megyn Kelly might’ve helped women come forward. (A person close to Kelly denies this is true.) “Similarly,” she adds, “NBC insiders saw the hand of Ann Curry, whom Lauer ousted, in his demise, and possibly even Billy Bush.” But neither could be reached for comment.
- NBC News "unequivocally" denies Variety's report that executives received complaints about Lauer before Monday: “We can say unequivocally, that, prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct.”
- How could NBC claim to not have known about Lauer before Monday?
- Did NBC News scrap Ronan Farrow’s explosive Harvey Weinstein exposé because they knew it would affect Lauer?
- How Lauer rose to the top: In 1990, he was out of the news business and working as a tree-trimmer
- In 2008, Lauer joked that he slept with both Katie Couric and Ann Curry
- Here are the 12 most notorious Matt Lauer stories
- Lauer’s “secret door lock button” isn’t unusual at NBC — or at other companies, where they're intended as a security feature and/or for private conversations
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.