Billy Bush is returning to TV 3 years after the 'Access Hollywood' tape was released

Invision/Richard Shotwell via Associated PressBilly Bush arriving at Operation Smile’s 2014 Smile Gala in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Billy Bush is returning to television in a new hosting gig three years after the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape emerged.
  • The 2005 tape jolted Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, revealing he had boasted about groping women.
  • Bush is set to anchor an entertainment and pop-culture news show called “Extra Extra” on Fox airing this fall.
  • Bush told People he had used the three-year hiatus as an opportunity to reflect and grow.
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Billy Bush is set to return to television in a new hosting gig three years after he left the “Today” show in disgrace over the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Bush was fired after the tape leaked to news outlets, revealing that he had laughed and egged Trump on as the real-estate developer boasted about groping women’s genitals.

Bush will now anchor an entertainment and pop-culture news show called “Extra Extra” on Fox airing this fall. The show will be an updated version of the show “Extra,” hosted by Mario Lopez.

He told People in an interview he had been using the past three years to reflect and grow.

“I fell completely apart,” Bush said. “I’ve been through resentment and anger and being inconsolable. But then I realised I had an opportunity to put one foot in front of the other and get going.”

Read more: Billy Bush breaks silence on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Trump tape: ‘I wish I had changed the topic’

He continued: “I own the moment. It was a bad moment. And I was in it. But one moment doesn’t define your life.”

Billy bush access hollywoodGetty ImagesIn an image from the 2005 ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, Donald Trump prepared for an appearance on ‘Days of Our Lives’ with the actress Arianne Zucker.

Bush first broke his silence about the “Access Hollywood” tape in a May 2017 interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” telling Robin Roberts he initially hadn’t taken Trump’s comments seriously and regretted that he “didn’t have the strength of character” to rebuke Trump at the time.

He has since pointed out the hypocrisy of having his television career derailed over the tape, while Trump went on to be elected president.

Bush wrote in an October post on Instagram that both “the President and my employer walked away and still haven’t accounted for their actions.”

“These past couple years have been character building to say the least – anxiety attacks, fits of rage, feelings of betrayal and abandonment – and I have concluded that I am NOT extraordinary,” he wrote. “I feel grateful to know adversity as intimately as do, and to have developed more empathy, humility and resilience.”

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