Nancy O'Dell will host Monday's 'Entertainment Tonight' following Trump video (EXCLUSIVE)

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"Entertainment Tonight" host Nancy O' Dell will be in the host chair on Monday, Variety has learned exclusively.

It is not clear whether O'Dell will address the Donald Trump and Billy Bush video, in which she was identified as the woman being spoken about in the vulgar 2005 conversation that surfaced this past Friday, causing a media firestorm and swift fallout for both the GOP presidential candidate and Bush, who was then O'Dell's co-host on "Access Hollywood."

A spokesperson for "Entertainment Tonight" declined to comment on O'Dell's status for Monday's show, but a source tells Variety she will "absolutely" be hosting.

On Saturday, O'Dell broke her silence, releasing a statement via "ET Online," making no mention of Trump nor Bush.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 10: TV host Nancy O'Dell arrives at the CBS, CW, Showtime Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 04: Jimi Westbrook, Nancy O'Dell, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Keith Lockhart speak to the press prior to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the DCR Hatch Shell, broadcasted live on cbs, on July 4, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Organizers estimate app. 500,000 people attended the Fourth of July celebration along the Charles River. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: TV personality Nancy O'Dell (L) and actress Oprah Winfrey arrive at the premiere of OWN's 'Greenleaf' at The Lot on June 15, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Nancy O'Dell throws out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: TV Personalities Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier speak onstage during the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 03: Nancy O'Dell attends Best Buddies 'The Art of Friendship' Benefit Photo Auction, hosted by De Re Gallery, on March 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 03: TV personality/Best Buddies Global Ambassador Nancy O'Dell (L) and actress/Best Buddies Global Amassador Lauren Potter attend Best Buddies 'The Art of Friendship' Benefit Photo Auction, hosted by De Re Gallery, on March 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for De Re Gallery)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Nancy O'Dell attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 03: Nancy O'Dell and Keith Zubchevich attend Best Buddies 'The Art of Friendship' Benefit Photo Auction, hosted by De Re Gallery, on March 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
TV personality Nancy O'Dell arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 03: Model/Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford (L) and TV personality/Best Buddies Global Ambassador Nancy O'Dell attend Best Buddies 'The Art of Friendship' Benefit Photo Auction, hosted by De Re Gallery, on March 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for De Re Gallery)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORRANCE, CA - OCTOBER 06: Television host Nancy O'Dell and Zendaya attend Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center Opening Gala at Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center on October 6, 2015 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORRANCE, CA - OCTOBER 06: Nancy O'Dell attends Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center's Opening Gala at Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center on October 6, 2015 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: 73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: TV personality Nancy O'Dell arrives to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV personality Nancy O'Dell arrives at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Nancy O'Dell arrives at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: TV personalities Kevin Frazier (L) and Nancy O'Dell speak onstage during The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NATAS)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: Recording artists Kenny Chesney (L) and Garth Brooks (R) pose with television host Nancy O'Dell (C) backstage during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: TV personality Nancy O'Dell attends the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: Nancy O'Dell attends the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 17: Co-host Nancy O'Dell attends the ACM Lifting Lives Gala at the Omni Hotel on April 17, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Jason Kempin/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: TV personality Nancy O'Dell arrives for the Premiere Of Marvel's 'Avengers Age Of Ultron' held at Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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"Politics aside, I'm saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women," O'Dell's statement read.

Meanwhile, Bush has been suspended from the "Today" show, pending review.

Bush being suspended from "Today" comes after much much back-and-forth on NBC's part to determine what to do with the anchor — Variety first reported NBC was mulling over the decision this morning, and later today, Bush was sidelined from Monday's show. Then, moments ago, came the decision to suspend him. The suspension comes after overwhelming social media reaction this weekend from commenters saying they will no longer watch the NBC morning show if Bush is not fired.

With Bush banned from "Today" and O'Dell returning to business as usual, following a weekend-long frenzy, news shows are struggling with how to cover a story — when they are the story.

A media expert suggest that O'Dell should address the Trump/Bush tape on Monday night's show and then move on. Another insider close to the show tells Variety that plans to cover the story going forward are in flux, as "ET" will remain respectful to O'Dell.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: NBC News' Billy Bush in conversation with Jeff Rossen for SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush arrives for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Billy Bush & Olympic Legend Carl Lewis for Speed-Walking Race for Ages at Copacabana beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Access Hollywood )
CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 21: TV personality/host Billy Bush attends the Kaleidoscope Ball at 3LABS on May 21, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Radio host Billy Bush (L) and actress Olivia Jordan attend The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 Presented By Macy's at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush (L) and Bethany Watson at 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Billy Bush arrives at the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) TV personalities Billy Bush and Kit Hoover attend the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: TV personality Billy Bush speaks onstage during Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Honoring Oscar De La Hoya, Michael Rosenfeld And Tom Mone at its Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles)
YOUNTVILLE, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Billy Bush attends the Celebrity Tribute during the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre on November 13, 2015 in Yountville, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Master of Ceremonies Billy Bush attends the imagine1day Visionary Leadership Dinner at The London West Hollywood on October 29, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for imagine1day)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: TV host, Billy Bush attends 16th Annual Ubuntu Education Fund 1 Million to One: Changing The Odds Gala at Gotham Hall on June 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Radio host Billy Bush attends the Farrah Fawcett Foundation 1st annual Tex-Mex Fiesta at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Television personalities Bethenny Frankel (L) and Billy Bush tape a segment at 'Access Hollywood' at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: TV personality Billy Bush attends The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 08: TV Host Billy Bush attends the advance screening of 'Cinderella' benefiting Los Angeles JDRF at Walt Disney Studios on March 8, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY) TV host Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz and Billy Bush -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: EXCLUSIVE ACCESS/SPECIAL RATES APPLY - Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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For Bush, the issue is deeper. Should "Today" bring him back on, how are viewers expected to watch him discuss the election, without being distracted by his lewd association with Trump?

Aside from talent, the larger news organization is also in a pickle. NBC News was one of the first outlets to cover the video, despite being the employer of Bush, both with "Today" and his near 15 years on "Access Hollywood."

A spokesperson for NBC News released a statement today, noting that the company's priority is to cover newsworthy stories. The statement reads: "NBC News did exactly what you would expect from a great news organization. As soon as we saw the tape and made the assessment it was undoubtedly newsworthy, we moved quickly and deliberately to get it published and to do so in the most responsible way."

"Access Hollywood" will also struggle to cover the story, given their longterm relationship with Bush. On Friday's broadcast, shortly after the video surfaced, new "Access" host Natalie Morales opened the show with a package about the video, briefly mentioning Bush and identifying O'Dell, who formerly co-hosted the entertainment news show.


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