The tape, which surfaced during the 2016 presidential election, featured audio of Bush laughing at vulgar comments made by Donald Trump.
Trump, of course, went on to a job in the Oval Office, while Bush was dismissed from his duties as host of NBC’s Today.
“Is there anything that you would have done differently in the back of the bus on that fateful day with our President Trump?” asked Williams.
“I don’t know,” responded Bush, who is now working on Extra. “It’s a live moment and I wish...
“When you’re in a moment, you’re in a moment and you don’t know how you’re going to react,” Bush told Williams.
Williams said, “You didn’t say anything bad, you just laughed along with it.”
“A fateful laugh,” replied Bush.
Williams pressed Bush further, asking “Maybe you wouldn’t have laughed? You would have given him the stone face?”
Bush admitted, “Yup. ‘You just said something so outrageous and I’m going to just stare at you,’” he said, speculating on what he would have done differently.
Viewers on Twitter were split over Bush’s appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, with some writing that they weren’t thrilled to see the top talker sit down with him:
@WendyWilliams Wendy how can you have that arrogant weasel on your show. He is pathetic— Mom (@mommal64) November 21, 2019
So during the break here in the Pittsburgh area, NBC has the Wendy Williams show on and currently she’s sitting on her couch with Billy Bush just chatting it up like buddies.— Glenn (@MaxwellA1710) November 21, 2019
Yep, that Billy Bush. The champion of women everywhere.🤬🤬🤬
But others applauded Bush’s career comeback, and were happy to see him on the show:
I love Billy. I'm glad he's back! Can't wait to see the interview. No fighting tho!— California Matthew (@EmeryvilleMatty) November 21, 2019
Well. If I am honest I DID NOT like @thebillybush for a long time (waaay before the thing). But I have to say, this segment today showed me a different side billy! I appreciate your honesty and realness and openness. I am a #newfan ❤️— Sandra Lamb (@lampie1970) November 21, 2019
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