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Stern: Trump's 2005 Comments Not Just 'Locker Room Talk'

But he says he won't re-air Trump's interviews on his show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2016 10:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Howard Stern has had Donald Trump on his radio show quite a few times, and last week, the Washington Post used clips from his appearances between 2002 and 2013 in a disparaging story about Trump. The paper noted that though none of the tapes are as lewd as the 2005 Billy Bush tape currently making waves, they do feature Trump rating women's bodies, discussing his sex life, and listening to Stern quiz Ivanka Trump about her own sex life, among other things. On his show Monday, Stern lashed out at the idea that the media "discovered" the tapes, since the shows were aired to the general public, Billboard reports. He also explained that he considers Trump a friend and that he won't be re-airing the interviews because that would be a "betrayal," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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"Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us," he said. "I fully knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump. 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 to 10. These are avenues I went down because I knew it would entertain the audience." But Stern did not defend the 2005 tape, and he disagreed with Trump's insistence that his words were simply "locker room talk." "I have never been in the room when someone has said, 'Grab them by the pussy,'" Stern said. "No one's ever advocated going that step where you get a little bit, 'Hey I'm going to invade someone's space.'" Billboard notes that Stern supports Hillary Clinton for president. (Read more Howard Stern stories.)

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