For me, about the only good thing to come out of the whole sorry, sordid Donald Trump/Billy Bush/Access Hollywood tape affair is that I have new respect for Nancy O’Dell.
Nancy O’Dell is the anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” She is clearly talented, classy and–even by Donald Trump standards–beautiful. But until this past weekend, I’ve always been a bit ambivalent toward her, good at her job as she is.
There are two more characters in this piece. Billy Bush is the other boy on the Access Hollywood bus. And Donald Trump is Donald Trump.
Nancy O’Dell is the Nancy that Trump is heard admitting on the tape to attempting and failing to seduce. The talk gets worse. Much, much worse. We’ve all heard it.
In the debate Sunday night, candidate Trump called it “locker room talk.” “They’re just words, folks,” he said. Words that sounded a bit empty to many of us, to say the least.
There has been no apology to O’Dell from Trump and none that I’ve seen from Billy Bush who “added” to the bad boy talk. Bush is likely to lose his “Today” gig and rightly so.
It is Nancy’s words that show character. In two statements following this sleazy affair, without naming Trump and without drawing further attention to herself, she says “there is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter, not even in the locker room.” For the sake of children, especially girls, she also says “the conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling.”
Nancy O’Dell has been known for years as an entertainment reporter. I think she would make a fine reporter. Period.