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Arianne Zucker Talks About Moving Forward From the Trump Tapes in New Today Interview

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Surely to the dismay of the Trump campaign, Arianne Zucker is still in the news. Last week, after hearing the comments Donald Trump made about her and Nancy O’Dell in the leaked Access Hollywood footage, Zucker had some words for Billy Bush and Donald Trump. “How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face-to-face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect,” Zucker said. “Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it.” This morning, Bush’s current employer, Today (Bush was suspended from the show), aired an interview between Zucker and NBC News’ Janet Shamlian in which she further elaborated on her feelings about the misogynist exchange. “They are offensive comments for women, period,” she said, but added that she wasn’t surprised considering who the participants were. “Not with that type of personality, I wasn’t shocked, which is probably why it doesn’t mean a lot to me.” The Days of Our Lives star also pointed out that the in-person interactions she had with Bush and Trump on that day were carried out professionally, and said she hopes to use this experience to teach her own daughter how to navigate these kinds of conversations — and to teach young men how to be accountable as well. “I think men can learn from this of how not to be in front of women, or when they’re speaking about women.”

Arianne Zucker Talks Moving Forward on Today