Billy Bush admits to committing 'bystander abuse' during infamous Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape

Billy Bush is finally opening up about being fired from the "Today" show after that shocking videotape leaked of his 2005 interview with Donald Trump for "Access Hollywood."

In the new issue of People, Bush revealed that he was left "ashamed and embarrassed" after the controversy, but has since taken to religion to help him come to terms with his new life.

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"I went through stages of grieving because I lost my career," Bush said. "For a man, that's the ultimate degradation."

Though Bush has no plans to return to entertainment journalism (he wants to focus on his spirits company Beach Whiskey), he does tease an upcoming project that will shed light on "his journey."

"I have a plan to make this mess my message," he explained. "I know I'm coming out with a purpose. And I want to use what I know to help other people."

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: NBC News' Billy Bush in conversation with Jeff Rossen for SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush arrives for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Billy Bush & Olympic Legend Carl Lewis for Speed-Walking Race for Ages at Copacabana beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Access Hollywood )
CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 21: TV personality/host Billy Bush attends the Kaleidoscope Ball at 3LABS on May 21, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Radio host Billy Bush (L) and actress Olivia Jordan attend The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 Presented By Macy's at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush (L) and Bethany Watson at 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Billy Bush arrives at the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) TV personalities Billy Bush and Kit Hoover attend the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: TV personality Billy Bush speaks onstage during Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Honoring Oscar De La Hoya, Michael Rosenfeld And Tom Mone at its Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles)
YOUNTVILLE, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Billy Bush attends the Celebrity Tribute during the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre on November 13, 2015 in Yountville, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Master of Ceremonies Billy Bush attends the imagine1day Visionary Leadership Dinner at The London West Hollywood on October 29, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for imagine1day)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: TV host, Billy Bush attends 16th Annual Ubuntu Education Fund 1 Million to One: Changing The Odds Gala at Gotham Hall on June 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Radio host Billy Bush attends the Farrah Fawcett Foundation 1st annual Tex-Mex Fiesta at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Television personalities Bethenny Frankel (L) and Billy Bush tape a segment at 'Access Hollywood' at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: TV personality Billy Bush attends The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 08: TV Host Billy Bush attends the advance screening of 'Cinderella' benefiting Los Angeles JDRF at Walt Disney Studios on March 8, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY) TV host Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz and Billy Bush -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: EXCLUSIVE ACCESS/SPECIAL RATES APPLY - Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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Bush said that he has had many "dark moments" since being fired in the fall of 2016, and the experience completely changed his demeanor for a while before he was able to bounce back through "self-help work" and daily Bible readings.

"I was a happy-go-lucky guy," the father of three daughters said. "Everything is going great and I was like, 'Hey, this is awesome!' And then, kaboom!"

"There is a term for what I did," Bush added of the "Access" interview, during which Trump bragged about groping women and Bush laughed along with his comments. "It's called bystander abuse. It says by not doing anything, you are endorsing the moment. I have to life with that."

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At the end of the day, Bush has been able to twist his public disgracing into a positive experience and has allowed himself to learn from it.

"I had some growing up to do anyway in life," he added. "I did so much exploring and figuring out. I'm a deeper person. And Im happy about using my knowledge for a good purpose."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Television personality Billy Bush and his wife Sydney pose at the 2006 Diamond Lounge By Nathalie Dubois in the Penthouse at Peterson Automotive Museum March 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA -OCTOBER 13: Billy Bush and Sydney Bush attend 'Breaking The Ice' A Fundraiser to benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: 3rd Annual Runway For Life Benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and DVD Release of National Treasure in Beverly Hills, United States on May 01, 2005 - Billy Bush and Sydney. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA -OCTOBER 13: Billy Bush and Sydney Bush attend 'Breaking The Ice' A Fundraiser to benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Billy Bush and wife Sydney at the Bunny Hop to benefit the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Billy Bush and wife Sydney at the Bunny Hop to benefit the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 10: Actor Billy Bush and Sydney Davis attend the 11th Annual Desert Smash Hosted By Will Ferrell Benefiting Cancer For College at La Quinta Resort and Club on March 10, 2015 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Desert Smash)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush and his wife Sydney Davis arrive for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
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