After CNN published the headline “Howard Stern Says Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002” last week, the radio shock jock said he doesn’t know “how CNN came up with that headline” during Monday’s episode of “The Howard Stern Show.”
Stern: So, then there was a big screaming headline on CNN — ‘Howard Stern Now Confirms.’ There’s a picture of me and Trump in an adversarial-type situation that…
Quivers: You didn’t confirm anything!
Stern: Yeah, that ‘Howard Stern now says that Trump is lying about…’
Stern: Yeah! This was on CNN. Big headline and they brought people in. They were having a discussion — a panel discussion. And I was sitting there and I…
Quivers: Can they really do that? You didn’t say anything!
Stern: Nothing! I said nothing new. And so I emailed Trump and I wanted to explain to him that, uh, that is not what I said.
Stern: The only thing that I’m confirming is that the tape is from our show. That much I can confirm. That’s all I was saying. That’s why they mentioned me at the debate. But I don’t know how CNN came up with that headline. Now it’s true, over the weekend alone, there was at least seven new sort of things that Trump said on our show that they featured on these talk shows that came out. Paris Hilton comments, just everything they’re dragging out from our show. Which is fair. I don’t say no.
Stern: I will say that Donald Trump was one of the best guests we ever had because he would kind of have this stream of consciousness and was not politically correct, and so he always made for a fun guest. And a lot of his stuff was in the spirit of that. But he did say it. So, you know, that’s what they’re using. But I think you would have to cut him some slack and say he’s doing it on the ‘Howard Stern Show’ in a fun sort of bit.
Quivers: Yeah, it’s almost like being on Saturday Night Live.
Quivers: You’re not going to hold him to everything he says on Saturday Night Live, are you?
Stern: Well, this is different because it’s not scripted and you are being yourself, technically, but please… and by the way, don’t hold me to everything I ever say on this show because I have no idea what I say. I know for me, I’m trying to be humorous and I think Donald Trump is trying to be humorous.