Howard Stern has no intention of replaying the conversations he had with Donald Trump on his show over the years — even though they’re more relevant than ever as news organizations highlight the Republican’s statements about women.
Before running for president, Trump would occasionally drop by The Howard Stern Show to talk about everything from his sex life to whether or not he thought he could’ve hooked up with Princess Diana. There’s been renewed attention on these interviews in the wake of the release of the infamous Access Hollywood video from 2005. During Monday’s broadcast of Stern’s program, the shock jock explained why he didn’t want to replay the tapes.
“I feel Donald Trump did this show to be entertaining and have fun with us,” said Stern, an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter. “I feel like it would be a betrayal to any of our guests if I sat there and played them now where people are attacking him.”
He added: “We were having a good time. I fully knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump. I knew I had a guy who loved to talk about sex. I knew I had a guy who was very open about his opinions. I had a guy who loved to evaluate women on a scale from 1 to 10. These are avenues I went down because I knew it would entertain the audience and I knew it would bring out an aspect of Trump’s personality.”
Stern said he is honored that people are interested in the tapes and that they may play a role in “shaping the future of our country,” but it’s not something he wants to actively participate in. “The tapes weren’t intended to sit there and f— someone over,” said Stern, adding that he is surprised that outlets didn’t use the tapes earlier.
During Monday’s show, Stern also said that Trump’s comments in his Access Hollywood hot-mic scandal were simply “locker room banter.”
“Believe me when I’m around guys, 85 percent of the time you’re talking about p—y, but I have never been in the room where someone has said, ‘Grab them by the p—y.’ No one’s ever kind of advocated going [to] that step where you get a little bit, ‘Hey, I’m going to invade someone’s space,'” said Stern, admitting that he has spent most of his career trying to imitate locker room talk on his show. “The reason it’s in a locker room is because no one’s proud of it.”