|Donald Trump, Arianne Zucker and Billy Bush|
The recording was taped moments before Trump and Bush were set to shoot a segment for the entertainment program. Clearly, neither realized that they were being recorded by a live mic.
Bush has apologized for the remarks he made in the video.
“Obviously, I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along,” he said in a statement. “I’m very sorry.”
The Republican presidential nominee, however, brushed off the incident. Trump dismissed it as “locker-room banter” and “a private conversation.” He added, “I apologize if anyone was offended.”
But the host and Trump — who married his wife, Melania, eight months before his cozy chat with Bush that started with lewd comments about Nancy O'Dell — are not the only ones who appear in the video. The men are also heard drooling over Days actress Arianne Zucker, who was there to greet both men and take them to the set.
On the tape, Trump is heard commenting on Zucker's legs and saying he wants to “use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her.” He adds, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Zucker (Nicole Walker on Days) was also described as “hot as s**t,” and as having “good legs” in the video. Watch below.
Approached by CBS Los Angeles reporter Tom Wait outside her home Friday evening, Zucker initially declined to comment on the situation. Pressed further, she said simply, “It’s not about me.”
In my opinion, Trump needs to try that apology again, and include Arianne Zucker and Nancy O'Dell this time.