In new book, Stern talks regret, and how therapy changed him

Published 5:53 am Saturday, May 18, 2019

NEW YORK — Howard Stern has never been shy about pushing boundaries or offending anyone. Yet the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” wrestled with the idea of including his interview with Harvey Weinstein in his new book, “Howard Stern Comes Again.”

The book is a collection of interviews from Stern’s radio show interspersed with details about his own life.

He told The Associated Press that he worried his interview with Weinstein, accused of sexual assault, would traumatize alleged victims if it was reprinted in the book. But Stern ultimately saw value in including an excerpt from the 2014 interview on his SiriusXM show, in which he asks about the rumored “casting couch” and Weinstein eloquently denies it. To Stern, it was a perfect example of hypocrisy.

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“He gives me such a beautiful answer on how that can’t be in his world, how the films can’t be that way, how people need to feel safe,” Stern said. “In other words, he knew everything you should do and say. This is not a guy who didn’t know better. But he couldn’t control himself and like so many hypocrites … He knew.” (Weinstein has denied all allegations of sexual assault and has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges against him.)

Stern offers up plenty of other life lessons in his latest book, some from the many interviews he has conducted over a decades-long career and some from his past.