Howard Stern: It would be a 'betrayal' to replay Trump interviews

Don't expect Howard Stern to play back-to-back vintage Donald Trump interviews as the election nears.

On his SiriusXM show Monday, Stern ruled out resurfacing his interview archives featuring Trump, now the GOP presidential candidate.

Stern considers Trump a friend who has repeatedly been a guest on his radio program over the years.

"Why don't I play all the tapes? I have to tell you why: I feel Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us and I feel like it would be a betrayal to any of our guests if I sat there and played them now (when) people are attacking him," said Stern, according to The Washington Post and Billboard.

Trump comments to Stern have already been a factor in the election reporting —including giving Stern his permission to call his daughter Ivanka a "piece of a--" in 2006, boasting about walking in on undressed contestants backstage at his beauty pageants during a 2005 chat, and an admission of infidelity (in 1990) during a 2004 conversation.

Despite possessing what he says are upwards of 50 past interviews, Stern says loyalty comes first.

Not to mention, these interviews were done in full public view, he said. "These conversations that I had with Donald Trump weren't done in private like the Billy Bushtapes, this was on the radio," said Stern, scoffing at media attempts to unearth the chats.

Stern has long been a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But he indicated it would be too easy and simplistic to replay Trump's past interviews, saying they weren't conducted to "(screw) someone over ... 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," Stern said. "I had a guy who loved to evaluate women on a scale of 1-10. These are avenues I went down because I knew it would entertain the audience."

Stern also said he couldn't believe Trump injected himself into politics.

When the Republican candidate started winning primaries last year, Trump called Stern at home. Stern recalled asking, "Why are you doing this?' Why would a guy with billions of dollars (run for president)? ... Don't you know what they're gonna do to you? Don't you know they're gonna open up everything?"

Still, Stern — no stranger to stirring up controversy talking about sex and women's bodies on his show – drew a line at the lewd language used in Trump's leakedAccess Hollywood tape.

"But this idea of 'locker room talk' ... all the times I've been around guys — and believe me when I'm around guys, 85% of the times you're talking about p----. But I have never been in the room when someone has said, 'Grab them by the p----,' " said Stern, mimicking comments used by Trump in 2005 while on a bus with Billy Bush.

"No one's ever advocated going that step where you get a little bit, 'Hey I'm going to invade someone's space.' ... A lot of (locker room banter is) real kind of desperate talk. The reason it's in a locker room is because no one's proud of it."


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