As Grossman tellsTHR, Bush was an employee of NBC Universal when he interviewed Trump for "Access Hollywood", and in that capacity was in no position to challenge the creepy comments of the bombastic billionaire. "It's no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago - I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along". Billy Bush was said to have been bragging about the audio in front of executives at the Rio Olympics in early August.
The piece that probably made NBC executives just a tad nervous was when Bayer's character got around to the reason we're all talking about Donald Trump's sexual assault and harassment history, Billy Bush. One source said: "Billy feels he's the political roadkill in NBC's desire to take down Trump".
Just before meeting Zucker on the set of the NBC soap opera to film a cameo back in 2005, the GOP nominee told then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, "I've got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her", referring to Zucker, noting, "I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women] - I just start kissing them".
Bush is fighting back, having secured the services of lawyer Marshall Grossman, who argued that his client was just doing his job by guffawing along with Old Hairplug as he gleefully recounted grabbing women by the genitals.
Bush, who has been suspended from his new job co-hosting "Today" and who is negotiating a separation agreement with NBC, has drawn almost as much ire from Trump critics.
Leaving that vital section out of the video diminishes the story against Zucker, who didn't know the full story until the entire nation saw the Trump video.
NBC may have tried to invoke a "morals clause" in hopes of terminating Bush, given his disturbing comments on the tape. "One question that has popped up is, 'How can you expect more from a media show host that a Presidential candidate?"