TV host crit­i­cises Trump com­ments

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

En­ter­tain­ment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell has said women should not be ob­jec­ti­fied, even in the locker room.

She was re­spond­ing to ob­scene com­ments made by Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump in 2005, which came to light last week.

O’Dell said: “There is no room for ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women.”

Mr Trump has apol­o­gised for the com­ments, adding: “This was locker room ban­ter, a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion that took place many years ago.”

The orig­i­nal re­marks were recorded while Mr Trump was in con­ver­sa­tion with Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood pre­sen­ter Billy Bush, who was sus­pended from his cur­rent job as a host of NBC’s To­day show after the tape was re­leased.

Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, dur­ing which Trump was not aware his mi­cro­phone was on, the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful re­ferred to an oc­ca­sion he had tried and failed to sleep with a mar­ried woman he named Nancy.

Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood has iden­ti­fied O’Dell as the woman to whom he had been re­fer­ring.

Re­spond­ing to his re­marks, O’Dell said she has been a jour­nal­ist for 26 years and that it is her job “to bring you news about oth­ers” rather than turn­ing the fo­cus on her­self.

But, she went on, the re­lease of the tape had thrown her “in the mid­dle of the po­lit­i­cal arena” of which she “didn’t ask to be a part”.

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