On Thursday morning’s installment of Today on NBC, Days of our Lives star Arianne Zucker (Nicole), who unknowingly became thrust into the middle of a media firestorm, when lewd remarks said by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush surfaced in a 2005 videotape, had a chance to speak out publicly for the first time. As fans of the soap now know, Trump and Bush were on their way to Days of our Lives in 2005 for Trump to do a guest appearance while he was host of The Apprentice, and were greeted by Zucker, who was nothing but professional and courteous.
In a sit-down interview with NBC’s Janet Shamlian, the talented and eloquent Zucker addressed Trump’s comments, and how she hopes to use being in the public spotlight since the video surfaced, to enlighten lives moving forward. Arianne first noted that the whole experience has been “surreal”.
The Daytime Emmy-nominated performer said she wants to use her notoriety in the most positive of ways and hopes what she has gone through will also help her young daughter, Isabella, in life as well: “I want to teach my daughter that if she ever gets put in a situation like mommy is in right now, that she will hold her head high. And if she has learned anything from this, how can she share this with other women, or young girls. or whoever is around her, boys even. I think young men can learn from this on how not to be when they are in front of women, or when they are speaking about women.”
When asked what she thought of Donald Trump’s remarks in the video, she expressed: “They are offensive comments for women, period Yes, they are.” After seeing how Trump apologized for the “locker room talk” as he now refers to it from the video, Zucker added, “That was an interesting apology.”
So many of Arianne’s DAYS co-stars past and present have been very supportive of the high road she has taken through this whole ordeal, and in the interview with Today, she summed it up best about how she plans to move forward with what she gained from this public scandal: “I am ready to use it in a proper way. I am ready to use it for positivity, and I’m ready to use it for women to step forward, and to do good things in my life, and for other people.” On-Air On-Soaps has always found Zucker inspiring through her constant charity work, and her work ethic.
Watch Arianne’s segment on Today below. Then let us know what you thought of her remarks, and how she has handled herself in this most difficult of situations in the comment section below.