The alleged subject of a leaked audio tape featuring an impolite conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush, Nancy O’Dell, says she has received Bush’s apology and has pardoned him.
“Billy reached out to me just about three weeks ago by email,” O’Dell revealed on Monday’s airing of “Entertainment Tonight.”
According to her, her former co-worker “wrote a really nice apology,” which she “appreciated very much.”
“He and I worked together for so many years, for a long time, and I only wish him the best moving forward,” she said.
Bush and O’Dell worked together at “Access Hollywood” from 2001 to 2004. They also hosted the Miss America beauty pageant together in 2005.
Recorded during a 2005 interview of Trump by Bush, the recording on the tape contained crude talk about women, specifically O’Dell and how Trump tried to seduce this one time.
About O’Dell, Trump said, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married.”
Despite the fact that O’Dell was married at the time, Trump admitted that he “moved on her very heavily.”
“I moved on her like a b**ch, but I couldn’t get there,” he said. “And she was married.”
During the 2016 presidential election, the tape was released and O’Dell issued a statement right after, in response to the audio clip.
“Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. 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.”
Bush finally broke his slience this week regarding the leaked audio conversation and his following dismissal.
During an interview with co-host of “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts, Bush said he often thought about doing more than he did at the time.
“People also say, ‘You should have stopped it,’” he said. “I didn’t have the strength of character at the time to do that. I wish I did.”
In an earlier interview, Bush did admit that he didn’t take Trump’s remarks very seriously. “If I had ever thought … that there was a grown man sitting in front of me detailing his sexual assault strategy, I would have called the FBI,” he said.