Nancy O'Dell, the "Entertainment Tonight" host to whom Donald Trump was referring in his sexually explicit comments in 2005, broke her silence Monday night on the matter.
Though she didn't want to become part of this rambunctious presidential cycle, O'Dell's response to the Republican candidate's decade-old offensive remarks nevertheless proves nothing is off limits this year.
"I'm sure that most of you have heard the audiotape 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," she said. "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.'"
The recording O'Dell is talking about is from a hot mic conversation Trump had with Billy Bush, host of "Access Hollywood" at the time. In the recording, Trump talks about trying to seduce a married woman, who "Access Hollywood" identified as O'Dell, then a co-host of the program.
Trump said he came on to O'Dell, but "couldn't get there."
"You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait," the billionaire businessman said at the time, later adding that because he's a "star" he can "do anything" to women, including "grab them by the p***y."
Moving forward, O'Dell told viewers Monday night "the conversation has got to change" when it comes to how women are talked about in society.
"Everybody deserves respect, no matter the gender or the setting," the host said. "And as a mom, I have to add that our kids — especially our young girls — need to know that their hard work, their achievements, their intelligence, their heart are most important, and those things will not go unnoticed."
Late Friday night, Trump issued a video apology for the lewd comments, saying they "don’t reflect who I am."
Bush, for his part, said he is "embarrassed and ashamed" of the conversation with Trump. He has been indefinitely suspended by NBC's "Today" over the tape.