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Reports: Trump Tried to Fire O'Dell Over Pregnancy

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 At the  2006 Miss Universe contest, the winner, Miss. Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza, poses with host Nancy O'Dell. (Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

By    |   Saturday, 08 Oct 2016 12:51 PM

Just two years after Donald Trump was recorded telling then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush that he'd tried to have sex with a married Nancy O'Dell, he was calling for her to be fired as host of the the Miss USA Pageant because she was pregnant and he didn't think it would fit with the program's image.

According to reports from the time, O'Dell, who was anchoring "Access Hollywood" at the time, was about five months pregnant when the pageant was to air on March 27, 2007, reports The New York Post's Page Six. 

Trump owned the pageant at the time,  and was said to be looking to replace her with one-host format, possibly with pro football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith as the pageant's single host.

O'Dell, though, was under contract with NBC, which kept her as host. She appeared on the program with Access Hollywood correspondent Tim Vincent, reports The Daily Beast. 

"What was particularly troubling to O’Dell, our source says, is that the Miss USA Pageant is supposed to embody more than just how a woman looks in a bikini," TMZ reported at the time. 

Trump only referred to O'Dell by her first name during his talk with Bush in 2005, saying he "moved on her very heavily" after he "took her furniture shopping."

After she rejected his advances, Trump said the next time he saw her, she "got the big phony ti-s and everything."

Trump was married to his pregnant wife Melania at the time he made the comments about trying to have sex with O'Dell, notes The Daily Beast.

"She was married … I took her out [for] furniture [shopping]," said Trump. "I moved on her like a b**tch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*ts and everything. She’s totally changed her look."

O'Dell had also co-hosted the Miss USA pageant in 2004 and 2005, when Trump made his comments about her to Bush, who had co-hosted the pageant with her.

Meanwhile, Trump has come under some ridicule for saying he wooed O'Dell by taking her furniture shopping, but Mediaite reports the move may have been calculated to appeal to the television host, who loves interior design and has her own furniture line, Red Carpet Furniture by Nancy O'Dell.

"It reveals, however, that Trump’s attempt to seduce a married woman was one that was very much premeditated," reports Mediaite. "He did a little research, it appears, to figure out what his crush was into."

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