Former Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell has broken her silence on the graphic comments made about her by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in 2005 — which included Trump saying he tried to “f— her.”
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” O’Dell said in a statement released Saturday by her current employer, Entertainment Tonight. “When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, no further comments will be made about the video.
Released Friday by the Washington Post, the video shows a conversation between Trump and then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush where the two men make graphic statements about O’Dell and Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker. “I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f— her,” Trump said of O’Dell in the footage, adding O’Dell was married. (Trump himself was married to current wife Melania at the time of his comments.)
Trump added, “I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I took her out furniture — 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 tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Trump has since apologized for the comments. “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said on Saturday morning. “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
Bush, too, expressed remorse for his part of the video. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” he said.