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Report: Did Co-Host’s Behavior Contribute to O’Dell’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Exit?

Dec 21, 2009  •  Post A Comment

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

3 Comments

  1. Oh Boy.
    Another Ego bullies someone. It happens every day in Hollywood and the Justice Department should step in sometimes.

  2. IF this is true, I applaud Ms. O’Dell for walking away from her high paying gig. Who needs to put up with that kind of s**t?
    In the so called “real world,” you know, where people have to tolerate office politics and such, if someone like that acted out, they would be fired, plain and simple.
    Now I am not going to even touch on the possible political ramifications given that he is a close relative of a former president, but if this guy is truly a schmultz,then why does HE get to keep his job?
    Or was Ms. O’Dell getting the gentle push out the door so Mr. Bush could cede the spotlight for himself?
    Either way, Ms. O’Dell seems like a very genuine person, an able broadcaster and I wish her well.
    May the smugness that is Billy Bush grow up and realize that there are plenty of other D type “celebrities” who could step in and do his job without breaking a sweat….

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