How Billy Bush's Teen Daughter Called Him Out for That Devastating Trump Tape

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Billy Bush, a dad of three girls, says he's in the "women-raising business," which is why he reveals his previous words and actions have caused him to feel "completely gutted." Speaking out about the impact his comments on that infamous Access Hollywood tape had on his family, Bush explained how the Trump incident affected his teen daughter in particular. 

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While the tape, in which he and the now-president joke about kissing and groping women, cost the TV host his job at NBC morning show Today, it sounds like it lost him a lot more at home. 

In his first TV interview since the tape was released, the 45-year-old recently opened up to Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts about the person most upset about his behavior. 

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"There was a powerful moment -- my now 16-year-old daughter called me ... and she was in tears," he explained to Roberts. "She was really upset, and I said, 'Mary, it's, it's going to be okay. You know, don't worry.' And she said, 'No. Why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus? Why were you playing along with it, Dad? It wasn't funny.'" 

Go, Mary! We love that though his daughter is in her mid-teens, she knew that her dad made the wrong choice and should be held accountable for it. She wanted answers, and who could blame her? 

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That wasn't lost on Bush, who told Roberts: "I said, 'Mary, I am sorry. And there is no good answer for that that's any good. I am really sorry. That was Dad in a bad moment a long time ago. You know me. I am really sorry that you had to hear and see that. I love you.'"

We're glad Bush was honest with her. When children realize their parents aren't perfect and make mistakes just like everyone else, it helps to move forward if Mom or Dad owns up to it and is open and honest about the situation. 

It sounds like Bush, who revealed that each time he's watched the tape he feels "totally and completely gutted," took full responsibility for not shutting down the degrading dialogue.

"Looking back upon what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic," Bush said. "[Trump] liked TV and competition. I could've said, 'Can you believe the ratings on whatever?' But I didn't have the strength of character to do it."

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Though that doesn't excuse his behavior, it definitely makes us think he'll never make this mistake again. 

Having to face his family and address this with his daughter was probably the worst punishment Bush encountered during this ordeal. Obviously, if Bush is raising a young woman who isn't afraid to call out sexist remarks and demand answers -- even of the man who should be her role model -- he's doing something right.

Here's a powerful clip from the interview.

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