Wednesday 7 December 2016

TV host subject of Trump remarks condemns 'sad, unwarranted' comments

Published 09/10/2016 | 06:01

Nancy O'Dell at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards (Invision/AP)
Nancy O'Dell at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards (Invision/AP)

TV host Nancy O'Dell has called Donald Trump's 2005 taped lewd remarks about her sad and disappointing.

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In a statement released by her Entertainment Tonight show, Ms O'Dell, 50, said no one should be the subject of such crass comments and that everyone deserved respect, whether or not cameras were rolling.

"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," Ms O'Dell said.

During a visit to a soap opera set a decade ago, Mr Trump's crude sexual banter with then Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush was caught on video. It was released on Friday by The Washington Post.

At one point, Mr Trump referred to "Nancy", using an expletive to say he had tried and failed to sleep with her and mentioning that she was married.

"Politics aside," Ms O'Dell said, "I'm saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all."

In an Access Hollywood report about the tape on Friday , host Natalie Morales identified Ms O'Dell as the person Mr Trump was discussing.

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