The radio personality Howard Stern said he believes the presidency will be "detrimental" to the mental health of his old friend Donald Trump — because he just wants to be loved.
"I personally wish that he had never run. I told him that. Because I actually think this is something that is going to be very detrimental to his mental health, too. Because he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved, he wants people to cheer for him," Stern said on his show broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio on Wednesday. "I don't think this is going to be a healthy experience for him."
Stern and Trump have been friends for decades, NBC News reported. When Trump was a New York City real estate mogul playboy in the 1990s and early 2000s, he was a frequent guest on Stern's radio show, where the two men often joked around and made raunchy comments about women. From Diana, the Princess of Wales, to Angelina Jolie, Trump and Stern often discussed famous women's looks and the businessman's chances of sleeping with them.
Stern made his reputation as a "shock-jock" in that era, but has reportedly mellowed with age. He was prompted to get into a lengthy discussion about Trump when a caller, "Mike From Maine," asked him to share memories of the now president from when he attended his wedding to Beth Ostrosky in 2008.