Actress Arianne Zucker has officially broken her silence on the comments Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made about her and other women moments before getting off an Access Hollywood bus to greet the actress ahead of his cameo appearance on Days of Our Lives in 2005.
Describing the situation as “surreal,” Zucker first stated, for the record, that Trump’s remarks were “offensive comments for women, period,” before revealing that she wasn’t really that surprised to hear what the Republican nominee had to say about herself and other women. “Not with that type of personality, I wasn’t shocked,” Zucker explained. Asked about Billy Bush’s role in the tape, the actress said that the embattled Today show co-host was likely pandering to the real estate mogul. “Who knows how [Bush] was feeling as he walked out the bus or what he needed to do in the relationship,” said Zucker, “because when he came off the bus along with Mr. Trump, I had no feeling but professional.”
Was Zucker willing to accept Trump’s apology that his words were just “locker room banter?” asked NBC’s Janet Shamlian. At this, Zucker closed her eyes and made a face halfway between a smile and grimace. “That was an interesting apology,” she eventually replied. Asked whether she was ready for the whole incident to just “go away,” Zucker said she was “ready to use it for positivity … to use it for women to step forward and do good things.”
While the attention drawn by the release of the tape was unexpected, Zucker said that she wanted to show her daughter how to “hold her head high.” Young boys could learn from the incident too, she added — namely “how not to be in front of women or when speaking about women.”
Four women have since come forward alleging harassment at the hands of Trump, one of whom said he tried “putting his hand up [her] skirt” after they were seated next to each other on a plane.
Watch the full interview below.