Nancy O’Dell addressed on-air the 2005 video of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump making graphic comments about the television host.
“I feel that it’s very important that I address you all directly,” O’Dell said on Monday’s Entertainment Tonight, video of which is below. “As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the audio tape which became national news and part of the presidential race. My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn’t ask to be a part.”
The 2005 video was released Friday, and features Trump and then-Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush making derogatory remarks about Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker and O’Dell, who was also with Access Hollywood at the time.
“I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump said about O’Dell in the video. “I did try and f— her. She was married. 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.”
In the wake of the video coming to light, Trump apologized and called the lewd comments “locker-room banter.” Speaking Monday, O’Dell referenced that concept, and shot it down. “I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said. There is no room for objectification of women, or anybody for that matter, not even in the ‘locker room,’” O’Dell said.
On Saturday, O’Dell released a statement through Entertainment Tonight. “Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” O’Dell said. “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.”