Howard Stern Defends Not Releasing Trump Tapes

“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.”

Howard Stern has been engaging in “locker room talk” for more than 35 years, but during his return to the air on Monday morning after a week off, the notorious shock jock claimed he’s never heard anyone use the phrase uttered by frequent guest Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a now-infamous hot mic moment with entertainment reporter Billy Bush. And he had some harsh words for reporters who are claiming to have “discovered” some damning interviews Trump did on Stern’s show between 2002-2013.

“These conversations that I had with Donald Trump weren’t done in private like the Billy Bush tapes, this was on the radio,” said SiriusXM host Stern, lashing out at reporters who claim to have unearthed the chats. “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.”

Stern — who said he’s exhausted by the whole election cycle — did a 25-minute segment at the top of Monday morning’s show reacting to reporting last week about a number of his old interviews with Trump that painted the GOP candidate in a dim light. In the trove of tapes, the billionaire real estate mogul talked about inviting his first wife and mistress to go skiing in Aspen at the same time, bragged about his sex life, said “deeply troubled women” are “always the best in bed” and playfully batted away questions about his alleged past infidelities.

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