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Howard Stern & Bill O'Reilly (Part 3)

Reported by Deborah - December 11, 2005

The final installment of the O'Reilly/Stern interview focused on Howard Stern personally. Obviously, Stern has worked hard to understand himself so his responses reflected the kind of psychological insight that is unfamiliar to Bill O'Reilly. Out of everything Stern talked about, O'Reilly chose to promo the interview with "Howard Stern says he doesn't have any friends at all." 12/9/05

The segment opened with Stern talking about his close relationship with his parents. He explained that his Father was probably afraid for him when he decided to pursue a career in radio. O'Reilly asked if his parents were traditionalists and Stern gave a complex answer explaining that they were both traditional and open especially about sexuality.

Then O"Reilly got back on the money track telling Stern that he was "living large" and going to super star restaurants. O'Reilly made a point to say that he lived more modestly than Stern and drove a 5 year old car. Stern made the poiont that he lives simply during the week and has always gone out on Friday nights. O"Reilly had to ask, "You like to hang out with the Hollywood pinheads?"

Stern told O'Reilly that he didn't have friends which he considered not healthy. O'Reilly asked, "Are you selfish?" and Stern acknowledged that he was seeing a therapist 4 times a week which has made him a better Father.

comment: Once again Stern disarmed O'Reilly with his honesty and ability to be self critical. Stern forced O'Reilly to relate to him person to person with an acceptable level of civility and respect. O'Reilly was not comfortable dealing with Stern's personal insights and desire for emotional evolvement. In fact, this segment made viewers aware of O'Reilly's limited understanding of human behavior and his need to avoid introspection at all costs.

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