Howard Stern is no stranger to controversy…
On Thursday’s episode of The View, co-host Sunny Hostin accused the “shock jock” of using racial language on his radio show.
The lawyer exclaimed:
â€œI found your show so offensive… You used the N-word a lot.â€�
However, the 65-year-old immediately denied her accusation, explaining:
â€œWe had a guy on from the Ku Klux Klan who very freely used the N-word, and my belief was, â€˜Hey, say it out in the open.â€™ I didnâ€™t use the N-word, letâ€™s be very clear.'”
The “King of All Media” added:
â€œI donâ€™t like people who live under a rock. I said to the guy, â€˜Let me hear what youâ€™re saying and letâ€™s confront it and letâ€™s talk about it.'”
Despite her claims, Hostin admitted that his new book —Â Howard Stern Comes Again (out May 14) — changed her opinion about him. She said:
â€œYouâ€™re a very different person today and I loved your book. I believe people evolve.”
â€œIâ€™m not going to say the show isnâ€™t crazy and wild… But weâ€™ve also opened it up to some new ideas where people, some really fantastic people, are coming in and feel safe enough to be interviewed and get into some real conversation.â€�
WATCH the clip (below):
In his wide-ranging interview, Stern also spoke about Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.
Though heÂ considered himself “a huge Hillary Clinton supporter,” he said the female politicianÂ Â was “a candidate that was misunderstood” whose “message wasn’t coming across” to the public.
Even afterÂ “begging” her to appear on his radio show, she declined.
“I think she was afraid of me and justifiably… She played it safe, and that’s the warning to whoever becomes the Democratic nominee: Don’t play it safe.”
While noting that former Vice President Joe Biden isÂ ahead in the polls, Stern said voters today seem to be playing it safe as well.
“Biden’s way ahead because I think people want a new president so badly that they want to play it a little safe.”
Additionally, Stern said he believes female candidates are suffering.
“I feel bad for the women running… But because everyone’s so nervous, they’re tightening up and saying, ‘It better be Joe Biden,’ because they got to get the best shot.'”
As we reported, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stern revealedÂ he had a cancer scare two years ago.
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, after canceling that dayâ€™s show, Stern went under the knifeÂ to removeÂ a growth on his kidney that had a 90% chance of being cancerous. Prior to this, the radio personality attendedÂ a series of doctor visits due to hisÂ low white blood cell count.
He told the publication:
â€œAnd now all Iâ€™m thinking is, â€˜Iâ€™m going to dieâ€™â€¦ And Iâ€™m scared sh**less.â€™â€�
Fortunately, the growth turned out to be aÂ tiny, harmless cyst.
Health issues aside, Stern isÂ â€œat a place now where [he is] trying to figure out how to spend the rest of [his] life, however long that might beâ€� as his contract withÂ SiriusXM â€” worth a reportedÂ $90 million a year â€” expires at the end of 2020.
[Image via The View/YouTube.]