Billy Bush has been through a lot in the last one year. First, the former Today show host was fired by NBC following the scandalous "grab them by the p***y" tapes, and then in 2017, he and his wife — Sydney Davis — separated after nearly 20 years of marriage.
Bush's split from Davis came almost a year after the leak of the controversial audio tapes which featured US President Donald Trump bragging about flirting with a married woman.
A statement from Bush confirmed that the couple had "separated for the moment to evaluate their life together... They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future."
However, later in an interview, he admitted to facing some crisis with his family, following the leak of the tapes.
Bush and Davis, who got married in April 1998, are parents to three daughters – Josie, Mary and Lillie.
Now, the American radio and television host is again back in the news. Bush has hit back at Trump over his reported statements suggesting that the voice on the "grab them by the p***y" tape was not his.
Opening up about the infamous 2005 audio tapes, the sacked TV host wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the now-US President had indeed made the remarks in the Access Hollywood tapes.
"Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America's highest-rated bloviator," wrote Bush.
Recounting that there were seven other men present in the bus when Trump made the controversial comments, the 46-year-old TV personality added: "Every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real."
"We now know better," Bush explained, countering the US President's reported claims over the tapes.
"President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his. This has hit a raw nerve in me," said the relative of former US President George W. Bush, expressing solidarity with the women who have talked about their ordeals of sexual harassment by Trump.
"I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him and did not receive enough attention," he added.
Bush noted that at the time of the Access Hollywood scandal, Trump's immensely popular show, The Apprentice, had made him NBC's "biggest star". The former host added that he himself was guilty of stroking "the ego of the big cash cow along the way to higher earnings."
"None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president. But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success," Bush claimed, ending his candid piece on a personal note.
He stated that the "last year has been an odyssey, the likes of which I hope to never face again: anger, anxiety, betrayal, humiliation, many selfish but, I hope, understandable emotions."
"After everything over the last year, I think I'm a better man and father to my three teenage daughters — far from perfect, but better," Bush concluded.