Celebrities React: Donald Trump, Billy Bush Conversation Leaked (VIDEO)
Video leaked on Friday of Donald Trump and Billy Bush having a crude conversation about women while filming a 2005 “Access Hollywood” segment. Celebrities are now reacting on Twitter to the vulgar remarks made by the Republican presidential nominee. See stars’ tweets and the video below.
The Washington Post obtained the tape, which was shot more than a decade ago and features Bush accompanying Trump to the set of “Days of Our Lives” to film a cameo. The two men, who were wearing microphones in advance of the shoot, can be heard having a candid discussion while their bus pulls up to the studio. Trump begins by telling the news anchor about a botched attempt to seduce a woman, saying, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*ck her. She was married… I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*ts and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush notice the actress who is waiting outside to escort them to the set of the soap opera. “I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” the GOP candidate jokes. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
Many celebrities are now expressing shock at Trump’s comments. Cher dubbed the candidate “Beyond Scumbag Carny Barker,” and in reference to his line about “grabbing” a women’s private parts, she added, “JESUS￼ WE R HUMAN BEINGS￼.” Debra Messing quoted Trump’s line about being able to “do anything” to women if you’re famous, then asked, “Presidential?” And Emmy Rossum said, “Donald Trump thinks ‘when you’re a star’ you ‘can do anything’ to women? Well you can’t make me vote for you, you misogynistic entitled pig.” John Legend pointed out, “You don’t have to have daughters or granddaughters to find Trump’s comments repugnant. It’s an odd, unnecessary qualifier.”
Meanwhile, a near-speechless Josh Gad stated, “I’m running out of expletives,” while Patton Oswalt joked, “Holy sh*t. Trump might have just been defeated by a Bush. Never would’ve picked Billy, but I’ll take it.” George Takei wrote, “Trump literally just declared to a reporter that ‘No one respects women as much as me.’ So explain this, Donald.” Don Cheadle posted, “#TrumpTape #BillyBush #NotShocked #YourPresident?” Lisa Rinna expressed, “Trump and Bush. Talking about Nancy O’dell and then Arianne Zucker who are both friends of mine. Vulgar and Disgusting.”
Star Jones offered, “Honestly, if Trump ever mentions his ‘regard’ for women again…if I’m @HillaryClinton…I’d just say: ‘roll tape.'” Seth MacFarlane joked, “Just read an article that quotes Trump saying ‘grab them by the pu**y’, and now I really wanna know what that word is they’re hiding.” And George Lopez interpreted the remarks as “Trump being Trump talking the way Trump talks.” Judd Apatow argued, “Trump has left so much video showing what a liar he is. There has never been anything like it.”
Meanwhile, Tom Bergeron quipped, “So basically he’s an orange Cosby,” and Patricia Arquette expressed, “Trump brags that he likes to grab women by the p-ssy. #LordHelpUs #Evangelicals.” Billy Eichner conveyed, “All jokes aside, what Trump is describing is sexual assault and he is a vile, abusive monster. But we knew that already.” And Stephen Colbert joked, “I’d love to play this Trump audio clip on my show, but on CBS you can’t even say ‘grab.'”
Jenny Slate cracked, “I want a president who will either call me a dog or pop in a tic-tac and grab my p*ssy. Keep it simple!” After the “Today” show deactivated his social media account, John Fuglesang mocked, “All I’m saying is if Billy Bush deleted his Twitter maybe Trump really is making America great again.” And Alyssa Milano expressed, “The fact that this man is running for President of this great nation is disgusting. Shame on us all.” “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether posted, “Can you imagine if a tape came out of Hillary talking about wanting to fuck a married man and how much she likes grabbing dicks?” Gabrielle Union quoted the tweet, writing, “This.”
Ricky Gervais tweeted, “I’m voting Trump because I know he’d never say anything to embarrass me as a loyal fan.” Jesse Tyler Ferguson felt, “He found a new basement! Wow! It’s truly impressive!” Justin Mikita pointed out, “For the record, Trump didn’t apologize. A qualified apology ‘if I offended anyone’ is a non-apology. We all learned this in 1st grade.” “I am disgusted…not surprised…but disgusted,” simply stated Zendaya. Even more to the point, Rose McGowan exclaimed, “FILTHY.” Singing duo Tegan and Sara expressed, “Speechless. America you deserve better than this piece of [crap].”
Albert Brooks wrote, “Sorry Deplorables. He’s not only an a-hole he cheats on his wife too.” Chelsea Handler suggested, “Trump should be forced to have gender reassignment surgery, just for fun. He can find out what it’s like to be on the other side of him.” Craig Ferguson cracked, “‘Oh for f*ck’s sake!’ TicTacs marketing guy.” Ashley Judd noted, “I never heard him ‘apologize’ for talking to me & others about his family member’s spouse, and especially her breasts. THIS IS WHO HE IS.” Stephen King wondered, “Hey, Donald! Did you kiss your mother with that mouth?”
“Nice,” Christine Applegate sarcastically tweeted, adding, “It’s really such a sh*t show.” Andy Cohen observed, “Trump AGAIN pulling directly from the Housewife Reunion playbook: ‘I’m sorry if you were offended.'” The Bravo host then predicted, “Anyone want to wager Trump’s next line will be ‘it wasn’t the time or place for that’ #HousewivesPlaybook.” Mark Ruffalo also said, “Maybe our sense of decency for our wives, children, and female relatives will be enough to bring us together as a nation out of this fog.”
Lena Dunham posted a type-written note on Instagram, in which she wrote, “What if we had a president that thought it was okay to ‘grab ’em by the p*ssy’? What if that was really the person tasked with leading our nation? What if that attitude pervaded everything he did, his approach to policy relating to international relations and civil rights and medical care? What if every woman in America’s heart broke, all at once, because her country proved her body and her agency were worthless to them? What if that happened next month?”
And finally, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also weighed in, tweeting, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.” In response to the emergence of the controversial tape, Trump said in a statement, “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.” Watch the video below.
UPDATE: On Friday night, Billy Bush issued an apology statement.