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Billy Bush Clears Up Golden Globes Controversy: ‘I’m a social guy’

The Golden Globes, for lack of a better term, is a s*** show.

As Ricky Gervais mentioned in his hilarious (or brutal, depending on how you choose to look at it) monologue, “If you do win tonight, remember that nobody cares about that award as much as you do… That award is, no offense, worthless.”

That’s a likely reason why everyone gets drunk at the Golden Globes. Gervais drank close to half a pint of beer just during his monologue, making sure to sip his cold brew between punchlines.

Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, along with fellow NBC talent, were criticized for their drunken behavior during the show. Those accusations of debauchery were defended by Bush when he called into Scott Shannon in the Morning today.

Bush’s table was in a high traffic location where many of Hollywood’s stars had to pass to go to the restroom (always the best spot in a restaurant!). Since he’s a veteran of Hollywood reporting, Bush knows everyone and is very popular. Clearly, Hollywood stars, both large and small, wouldn’t pass up a chance to speak to him.

“I’ve been doing this for 15 years, so I know everybody,” Bush tells Shannon. “They see me… not in the natural habitat, with the microphone in my hand and they say, ‘Oh! There he is!’ They come over and we have fun. I see them. Selfies ensue, as they do these days.”

Bush adds, “I’m a social guy sitting in a high traffic place. Mark Wahlberg came over!”

Listen to Bush’s further explanation below, which includes mentioning reservations for a seat at his table next year are already filling up his inbox.

But first, this last quote from the close of Gervais’ monologue.

“It [the Golden Globe award] is a bit of metal that some nice, old, confused journalists wanted to give you in person so they could meet you and have a selfie with you.”

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

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