"Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act", Bush wrote in Sunday's op-ed.
Bush says he made a decision to speak out after news reports indicated that Trump has been casting doubt on the authenticity of the so-called "Access Hollywood" tape. Lauer, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, was the anchor who announced that Bush would be leaving the morning show in October of 2016 after the Trump tape leaked. You can do anything ... Now, Billy Bush has come forward to say "Of course he said it". Yet, we don't think that anyone out there has forgotten the impact that he had on the Presidential Election and a now-infamous Access Hollywood tape that is still making waves. Bush will appear on Stephen Colbert's show days after the recent ousting of Matt Lauer from "Today". But allegations of sexual harassment and assault in his past have emerged through media coverage and advocacy efforts.
He continues: 'To these women: I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar, but I do know a lot about the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump. "Its leader is wantonly poking the bear".
The upcoming appearance from Bush comes on the heels of appearance cancellations on "The Late Show" in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood's most prominent men.
The New York Times reported last week that Trump has told at least one us senator and other people that he didn't believe the voice on the tape was his - even though he directly confirmed the remarks and apologized for them a month before the presidential election past year.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee refuted The New York Times' claims and said that the president "had not changed" his position on the audio, initially uncovered by The Washington Post.
"This was litigated and certainly answered during the election by the overwhelming support for the president and the fact that he's sitting here in the Oval Office today", she said.
He ends by getting personal and calls this a year ago an "odyssey" for himself.