Last week, the industry was shocked by Nancy O’Dell’s abrupt exit from "Access Hollywood" after 13 years on the syndicated hit, but now comes news that her decision might have been in reaction to Billy Bush’s behavior, reports the New York Daily News, though the show adamantly denies any such rift.
Citing an anonymous source, the Daily News said O’Dell was incensed by Bush’s alleged tantrums and antics, which included screaming at producers when the stories weren’t written the way Bush wanted them to be.
The Daily News’ source said O’Dell had complained in vain to executive producer Rob Silverstein, who is also Bush’s partner on syndicated nighttime talk radio show "The Billy Bush Show," and accused Silverstein of playing favorites among the co-hosts.
O’Dell representative said: "Nancy’s decision was based solely on her desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable." A rep for Bush didn’t return the Daily News’ calls for comment by deadline.
"Access Hollywood’s" representative told the Daily News: "Any rumors regarding on-set issues between Nancy O’Dell and Billy Bush are unfounded and completely false. We continue to support Nancy’s decision and wish her all the best."
— Allison J. Waldman