Arianne Zucker, woman at the center of 2005 Donald Trump tape, breaks her silence

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Speaking out for the first time since a leaked 2005 video showed Donald Trump making lewd and offensive comments about her, actress Arianne Zucker says she wasn't surprised when she first saw the tape.

"Not with that type of personality, I wasn't shocked, which is probably why it doesn't mean a lot to me,'' Zucker told Janet Shamlian in an exclusive interview that aired on TODAY Thursday.

Zucker, an actress on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives," found herself in a real-life drama after the leak of an 11-year-old tape of a behind-the-scenes conversation between Trump and host Billy Bush on an "Access Hollywood" bus.

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"I gotta use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,'' Trump says, referring to Zucker. "I'm automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," he said in the 2005 conversation. "Grab 'em by the p---y."

The comments, made only moments before Trump met Zucker, have thrown his presidential campaign into crisis.

"They are offensive comments for women, period,'' Zucker said.

Bush has been suspended from his position on TODAY by NBC News and has apologized for his role in the incident.

"Who knows how (Bush) was feeling when he walked off the bus or what he needed to do in the relationship,'' Zucker said. "Because when he came off the bus along with Mr. Trump, I had no feeling but professional, that's it."

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Arizona Senator John McCain: "I will not vote for Donald Trump."

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2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Trump's "vile degradations ... corrupt America's face to the world."

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New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte: "I will not be voting for Donald Trump."

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: "No apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women."

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: "I have never been comfortable with Donald Trump as our Republican nominee."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "Donald Trump should not be President."

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South Dakota Senator John Thune: "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: "I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president."

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: Donald Trump should step aside due to "disrespectful, profane and demeaning" behavior.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee: Donald Trump is a "distraction.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins: Donald Trump is "unsuitable for the presidency ... I [can] not support his candidacy."

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Texas Senator John Cornyn: "I am disgusted by Mr Trump's words about women."

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Colorado Representative Mike Coffman: Donald Trump should withdraw "for the good of the country."

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Missouri Representative Ann Wagner: "I withdraw my endorsement and call for Governor Pence to take the lead" in the race.

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Nevada Representative Joe Heck: "I believe our only option is to formally ask Mr. Trump to step down."

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake: Donald Trump is "wrong about his level of support. He needs to withdraw from the race."

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Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock: Trump's remarks were "disgusting, vile, and disqualifying."

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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk: Donald Trump is a "malignant clown — unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States."

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New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett: Has stated he is "appalled" by Trump's actions.

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Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer: "It would be wise for [Trump] to step aside."

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard: "Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence."

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Former New York Governor George Pataki: "Enough! [Trump] needs to step down."

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Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "Donald Trump does not represent me or my party."

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Michigan Representative Fred Upton: Donald Trump needs to "step down."

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Trump should "step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party's nominee."

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert: "I will not vote for Trump."

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley: "I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump."

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California Representative Steve Knight: Trump's comments were "inexcusable."

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Trump was visiting the set of the soap opera for a cameo that day. He has issued an apology, calling the conversation "locker room banter." Zucker, who is the mother of a 6-year-old daughter, is now focused on moving forward.

"I want to teach my daughter that if she ever gets put in a situation like mommy is right now that she will hold her head high,'' she said. "And if she's learned anything from it, (it's) how can she share this with other women or young girls or whoever is around her, young boys even.

"I think men can learn from this of how not to be in front of women or when they're speaking about women."

Zucker said she has not heard from Trump or his campaign managers since the controversy began.

"I'm ready to use it in a proper way,'' Zucker said about the attention over the tape. "I'm ready to use it for positivity. I'm ready to use it for women to step forward and to do good things in my life and for other people."

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