“Access Hollywood” has named Nancy O’Dell as the married woman Donald Trump admitted he tried to “f—” when he was caught on tape making lewd comments during a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush.
Current host Natalie Morales revealed more details of the incident on Friday’s show, identifying the former “Access Hollywood” anchor as the subject of Trump’s remarks, which came during a conversation on a bus escorting Trump to film a cameo on “Days of Our Lives.”
“During the trip to the lot, Billy interviewed Mr. Trump about his role on the soap opera,” Morales said. “There were seven other people on the bus with Mr. Trump and Billy Bush at the time they were the two-person camera crew, the bus driver, an access hollywood producer, a production assistant, Mr. Trump’s security guard and his PR person.”
“What you are about to hear is what Mr. Trump said about former ‘Access Hollywood’ anchor Nancy O’Dell to Billy Bush,” Morales continued before playing the audio, which was first reported on by the Washington Post on Friday.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump can be heard saying. “And when you’re a star they let you do it … You can do anything.”
“I took her out, furniture shopping … I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there, and she was married,” he continued.
The GOP presidential candidate released a statement addressing the comments on Friday. “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended,” Trump said.
Bush, for his part, apologized for the comments in a statement on Friday. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” he said.