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Nancy O’Dell addresses infamous 2005 Trump tape on ‘Entertainment Tonight’

Well said.


Brianna Holt


Posted on Oct 10, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 8:06 pm CDT

Nancy O’Dell, a host on Entertainment Tonight, spoke out Monday evening about the infamous comments Donald Trump made about her in a 2005 interview with Billy Bush.

In the video released by the Washington Post on Friday, Trump can be heard telling Bush that he attempted to seduce and sleep with O’Dell, Bush’s former Access Hollywood co-host.

“I moved on her and I failed,” Trump said.”I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married.

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”

O’Dell did an excellent job at addressing the issue and explaining to her fans that comments like these should not be tolerated.

“I feel it’s very important that I address you all directly,” O’Dell said on ET. “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.

“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.'”

On Saturday O’Dell released her first statement in response to the tape coming out.

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.

In the aftermath of Trump’s comments, recent polls show the Republican nominees trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton by 14 points nationally

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2016, 6:54 pm CDT