Howard Stern: I Won't Replay Trump Tapes; It'd Be a 'Betrayal to My Guests'
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Satellite radio shock jock Howard Stern said on his program Monday that he will not bow to pressure and replay recordings of on-air discussions with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from the time the candidate was an active reality TV star.
Stern, 62, who has said in the past he has voted for members of both political parties, said he would be betraying Trump's and other guests' trust by perceptibly piling on the New York businessman "when people are attacking him".
Trump, 70, has been repeatedly criticized for sexually charged remarks he made to Billy Bush aboard a bus in 2006, prior to acting in a cameo on a soap opera.
"I feel Donald Trump did [my] 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," Stern said on his SiriusXM broadcast, according to Billboard.
Stern said "a lot of his show...is sort of an effort to do 'locker room talk'," but countered Trump's description of the leaked Bush discussion saying it was more than just man-to-man banter.
"When I'm around guys 85 percent of the times you're talking about [expletive], but I have never been in the room when someone has said 'grab them by the [expletive]," he said, referencing Trump's infamous remark.
"I knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump. I knew [he] loved to talk about sex," Stern said.
Stern himself has been fined in the past by the Federal Communications Commission for indecent content in his programming.
A Hillary Clinton supporter, Stern briefly ran for governor of New York in 1994 on the Libertarian ticket, against Mario Cuomo (D) and George Pataki (R).
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