Late-night TV hosts have a field day with the Donald Trump-Billy Bush video
The now-infamous 2005 Donald Trump-Billy Bush video was — to put it mildly — a gold mine for talk show hosts on Monday night. The Washington Post first published the footage on Friday afternoon, which was too late for any of the late-night shows to weigh in last week.
Four days later, controversy still rages over the hot mic footage, which featured Trump and Bush on a bus on the way to film an “Access Hollywood” segment on “Days of Our Lives.” Bush cracked up as Trump talked about how he likes to just start kissing beautiful women. “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do everything,” Trump said, while Bush laughed and added, “Whatever you want.”
“Grab them by the p — y,” Trump said. (Both have apologized for the language on the tape.)
[Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005]
As “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah put it, “When the history of American politics is written, it will be divided into two distinct eras: before p—y and after p—y. Because since Friday, nothing has been the same, and no one saw this coming … now we’re in a completely different world.”
There was a lot to unpack and the hosts obviously had a field day. Here are eight elements of the video — from Bush to locker room talk — tackled by “The Daily Show”; “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; “Late Night With Seth Meyers”; “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”; “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” and “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” which filmed a brief, online-only segment because the show had the day off. (Conan O’Brien and James Corden were also off Monday.)
[Seth Meyers needed to find his place in late night. Then Donald Trump ran for president.]
1) Billy Bush.
Colbert: “It was a really disturbing weekend, especially for parents who had to sit down and explain to their kids who Billy Bush was.”
Meyers: Bush added “a layer of nacho sleaze to the seven-layer sleaze dip” when he pressured “Days of Our Lives” actress Arianne Zucker to hug them when they got off the bus.
Bee: Trump and Bush “turned their rape culture banter into a rape culture power move that demeaned and violated Zucker in ways she is only now finding out about.”
Noah: “Let’s talk about this sleazebag. I understand everyone has been in the presence of an unsavory joke. But there’s a difference between laughing at the joke you don’t agree with and being an active accomplice. Billy Bush has said he didn’t agree with Trump, he was under pressure so he laughed at him. Yeah, but that’s not what it looked like when you see what he did when they got off the bus. (Shows clip.) Wow. How do you fit that much sleaze into such a short video?”
[Billy Bush’s former ‘Access Hollywood’ co-host defends him after Trump tape: ‘He is a good person’]
2) Jeb Bush.
Meyers: “Let’s not forget that Trump isn’t the only one being disgusting on this tape. There’s also Billy Bush, who somehow passed Jeb as worst-performing Bush in 2016. Poor Jeb, he must be somewhere thinking, ‘I can’t win anything.’”
Kimmel: “Poor Jeb Bush. Billy Bush is his cousin. He has to be sitting at home thinking, “Why the hell didn’t he release this tape a year ago?’”
3) Billy Bush being suspended from the “Today” show for the video.
Meyers: “There is currently a higher standard for host of the third hour of the ‘Today’ show than there is for Republican nominee for president.”