“Incidentally, f– Billy Bush,” Oliver seethed. “F— that guy. F— him. F— him. Not just for laughing along. But for doing this once they got off the bus.”
Oliver then rolled the circa-2005 clip of then-Access Hollywood host Bush pressuring Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker, who was on the receiving end of Bush and Trump’s lewd comments, into hugging both of them.
“It’s gross enough that he’s serving as Trump’s hug pimp,” Oliver continued. “But let’s not gloss over the fact that he just said, ‘How about a little hug for the Bushy,’ a phrase that, if it’s not already, should really be a felony offense in all 50 states.”
Bush, who on Sunday was suspended from the Today show “pending further review,” issued a statement on Friday saying he was “embarrassed and ashamed” about his conduct in the tape. “It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
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