Transcript for Billy Bush says NBC knew about Trump tape before 2016 release
Billy bush because Billy bush is now back on TV. I know there's 45 seconds. I'm going to use them. He's back on TV. He had a conversation with Gayle king about co-starring in the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape and he really feels that he's been given a bad rap and folks came after him. You knew there was a tape? Everybody did. I didn't. Oh, well, everybody at the Okay. But the public didn't know. Everybody knew about the tape, you're saying. Yeah. And I was comfortable that it wasn't going to be weaponized. Is that how you feel it was, weaponized? Oh, sure, yeah. I got taken out but I wasn't the target. Why didn't you feel you could challenge him and say, you know, that's not cool? Why didn't you feel that? Trump's the kind of guy who would say, forget Billy bush, and then I might have gotten, hey, why did you lose trump? He's the biggest guest we had. There was always a little bit of -- you're a little anxious around him because you just want it to end well and get out. Yeah, you do. Listen, maybe you should just know that part of why people came for you is because once you went outside you sort of engaged someone else, a woman, to be part of that. That's why people went for you, Billy, and had you just been standing there, you probably would not have gotten taken out as quickly. But you kind of helped that go further than you needed to, and that's why I think people are pissed at you, or they were. Now you got a new gig, you got a thing. Don't talk about it anymore. He's not going to. He says he's not going to talk about it but find a better answer than, you know, this was done to me. You helped do this to yourself, you know, and you got to cop to it. These people -- we're going to talk about it? Yeah, we're going to go back in time when we come back. Announcer: This Thursday night, the stakes are high. The Democrats debate. Now it's down to ten candidates taking to the stage for one critical night. 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