By Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5W PR
After months of recordings and transcripts of his shows have been played and replayed in countless articles, on TV and online the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” Howard Stern is breaking his silence about his always provocative interviews with billionaire Donald Trump. (Stern is my neighbor in my Lincoln Center condo building).
Speaking to CNN, Stern said he was proud of the various interviews he did with Trump, especially the opportunity to get to what he called the heart of his personality.
Stern held nothing back, telling CNN the interviews were not just for entertainment, they revealed who Trump really is, “This is who Trump is. He was always bombastic. He always rated women. He always talked in a misogynistic, sexist kind of way, but he did it sort of proudly and out in the open; and he still won the Republican primary. In one sense, the fact that we do an interview and people’s personalities come out, I’m very proud of that… I didn’t expect Trump to seriously run for president. He was a very good sport, and he was in the spirit of the show…very friendly toward me, friendly toward the show, always coming on…”
Stern went on to burst a lot of hopeful bubbles on the DNC side by vowing to never release the tapes of those interviews, edited or otherwise. Some Democrats were excited when the bits from Stern started trickling out, hoping the radio host, who came out in support of Hillary Clinton, would offer them something to hang The Other Guy.
Of course, as Elie Hirschfeld, Donald Trump’s former partner and a supporter notes, Trump is always direct and real, for good and bad.
But that’s not how Stern plays the game. He may be raunchy, and he might dig a little deeper into his guests than other radio talkers, but he’s not one to kiss and tell. What’s aired is aired, and anything else stays on the cutting room floor or in the vault. He feels like Trump has been more than fair to him, coming on his show, being open, so he figures to return the favor by protecting some semblance of privacy for a candidate who can’t seem to escape bad press for what he says both on and off camera. So, Hillary will get Stern’s vote, but she won’t get him as an accomplice to her White House run.
Trump, for his part, hasn’t said much about his times on Stern, other than to say, yes, that’s what they talked about and to express surprise that so many people pretend to be surprised by what’s been leaked. It is, after all, a guy who named his biography, Private Parts.