Donald Trump‘s past interviews with Howard Stern have received plenty of coverage since the Oct. 7 release of the GOP nominee’s damning 2005 hot-mic tape. But the radio shock-jock himself says he won’t be replaying any of his old conversations with Trump on the air — out of respect for his frequent guest.
“These conversations that I had with Donald Trump weren’t done in private like the Billy Bush tapes, this was on the radio,” Stern said Monday during a segment on his SiriusXM radio show, according to Billboard. “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 where people are attacking him.”
Trump’s lewd comments to Stern over the years about women including Lindsay Lohan and his own daughter Ivanka Trump have become headlines in recent weeks as scrutiny grows about Trump’s treatment of women following the news of his sexually predatory comments to Billy Bush in 2005.
“I wasn’t imagining that I would be in the middle of this election and literally so prominently mentioned,” Stern said of the old interviews that were dug up and reported on by many news outlets last week. “Quite frankly, as someone just said, I’m surprised they didn’t find these earlier. There’s nothing to find. As the guy said, they were right there in the open.”
Stern, who added that he hasn’t spoken to Trump since before the Republican convention in July, is an avowed supporter of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He said it would be easy for him to play all of the Trump tapes in their entirety but he won’t because they weren’t intended to “f–k someone over … we were having a good time.”
“I fully knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump,” he added. “I knew I had a guy who loved to talk about sex… 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 said he’s also turned down hundreds of interview requests from outlets who want to ask him about his talks with Trump.
Stern also revealed that Trump, whom the radio personality considers a friend, called him at home last year when his campaign began to gain traction. Stern recalls asking Trump at the time, “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?”
As for Trump’s infamous statement that when you’re “a star” you can “grab women by the p—y” — which he dismissed as “locker room talk” — Stern said he’s never heard that phrase used before.
“This idea of ‘locker room talk’ … all the times I’ve been around guys — and believe me when I’m around guys 85 percent of the times you’re talking about p—y — but I have never been in the room when someone has said ‘grab them by the p—y,” said Stern. “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 talk is] real kind of desperate talk. The reason it’s in a locker room is because no one’s proud of it.”