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October 8, 2016 5:12 PM EDT

Nancy O’Dell, the woman whom Donald Trump discussed in a newly published lewd conversation, said Saturday that she is “saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all.”

“As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better,” said O’Dell, who is now the host of Entertainment Tonight, in a statement.

In a conversation released Friday by the Washington Post, Donald Trump talks to Bill Bush, then the host of Access Hollywood, about trying to seduce a woman, who is referred to in the recording only as “Nancy.”

“I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump says in the recording. “I did try and f—k her. She was married.”

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump adds. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

On Saturday, O’Dell called the remarks “disappointing.”

“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” she said in the statement. “When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender.”

Trump apologized on Saturday, as Republicans condemned his remarks and called for him to withdraw from the presidential race. In interviews, Trump said he would “never” do that.

Write to Katie Reilly at Katie.Reilly@time.com.

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