Donald Trump was caught on tape making vulgar comments about sexual advances towards a married woman, and bragging that “when you’re a star they let you do it.” On Friday evening, Access Hollywood identified the woman Trump was speaking about as Nancy O’Dell.
Read on to learn more about O’Dell.
1. She Is the Current Co-Anchor of ‘Entertainment Tonight’
O’Dell is a television host and entertainment journalist, and currently co-anchors Entertainment Tonight. She joined the show on January 3, 2011.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the tape of Billy Bush and Donald Trump, in which the two men are heard making vulgar comments about women, was recorded in 2005. It was leaked online Friday by the Washington Post. While discussing the recording with the Hollywood Reporter, NBC host Natalie Morales said, “There were seven other people on the bus with Mr. Trump and Billy Bush at the time.” Those people included Trump’s security guard, his publicist, and camera crew. During the tape, Trump can be heard speaking about O’Dell, saying, “I did try and f— her. She was married. And when you’re a star they let you do it … You can do anything.” Trump was newly married to Melania when the audio was recorded.
2. She Co-Hosted ‘Access Hollywood’ With Billy Bush
In 2008, the 65th Golden Globes were cancelled because of the 2007/2009 Writers Guild strike– NBC subsequently aired a 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners Special, which O’Dell hosted with Billy Bush. She then went on to co-host Access Hollywood with him.
O’Dell began her broadcasting career working as a reporter at WPDE-TV in South Carolina. She then moved to Charleston to work as a crime reporter and news anchor for WCBD-TV. After a short time at the station, O’Dell delivered a report on the police approach to DUI cases in the area, which led to a reform by State Law Enforcement. She was awarded the Best Report of the Year Award by the Associated Press as a result of her work.
3. She Has Been Married Twice
From 1995-2004, O’Dell was married to Dr. Richard O’Dell. On June 25, 2005, she married Keith Zubchevich. She is the stepmother of Zubchvich’s two sons, Tyler and Carson.
When she was 41-years-old, O’Dell gave birth to a baby girl, Ashby Grace. According to In Style, Zubchevich is three years younger than O’Dell, and the vice-president of a tech firm. The couple met in an airport security line after “exchanging glances”, writes the news outlet.
During the small wedding ceremony, O’Dell reportedly told guests, “We wanted it to be intimate because we wanted to spend time with you all. We wanted to look out and see our families.”
4. She Graduated Summa Cum Laude From Clemson University
O’Dell, 50, was born in South Carolina. She graduated from Clemson University, Summa Cum Laude in 1990 with a degree in marketing, and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
In addition to working as a news anchor and co-host, O’Dell has acted in small television roles. She appeared on the Season 1 finale and Season 5 premiere of Charmed, and played herself in Scream 2, Scream 3, and Scream 4.
5. She Won Miss South Carolina in 1987
In 1987, the entertainment reporter won the Miss South Carolina pageant. She went on to represent South Carolina at the Miss America pageant in 1988, where she received a preliminary swimsuit award.
In 2004 and 2005, O’Dell co-hosted the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. She also co-hosted the 2006 Miss USA pageant with Drew Lachey, the Miss Universe 2006 pageant with Carlos Ponce, and the Miss USA 2007 pageant with Tim Vincent.