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Nancy O'Dell on Trump's apology: 'No room for objectification of women'

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Nancy O'Dell weighed in for the second time on the leaked Donald Trump and Billy Bush tape, saying Monday afternoon there was "no room" for the objectification of women and that included "in the locker room." 

The "Entertainment Tonight" co-host told viewers the following heartfelt message: "I feel it's very important that I address you all directly. As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you the news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I'm sure that most of you have heard the audio tape, which became national news and part of the presidential race."

O'Dell continued, "My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn't ask to be a part of. I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said. There is no room for objectification of women, or anybody for that matter, not even in the 'locker room.'"

In a leaked audio recording from 2005, Trump is overheard telling Bush while riding on an "Access Hollywood" bus about his failed attempt to seduce a married woman.

"I moved on her and I failed. I'll admit it," Trump said. "I did try and f--- her. She was married."

The woman being discussed was O'Dell, Access Hollywood later confirmed.

In O'Dell's earlier statement from this past weekend, she explained that "as a mom I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better."

She also shared that "the conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not the cameras are rolling."

During Sunday night's second presidential debate, Trump was asked to address the lewd conversation that took place 11 years ago.

The Republican presidential candidate told the millions tuning in that he was "not proud" of the conversation that took place.

"I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk," he explained. "I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do."

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