Rachel Maddow opened up about coming out to her parents, coping with Rick Santorum and her admiration for FOX News emporer Roger Ailes on Wednsday morning’s Howard Stern Show.
Maddow, who hosts MSNBC’s most popular primetime liberal punditry broad ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’, has long been on Howard Stern’s interview wish list–as well as his list of media industry hotties.
In addition to spilling her guts about everything except whether she’s had sex with a man, Maddow talked about her infamous girlie-girl high school photo.
See Rachel Maddow’s high school photo and other pics here
Check out 10 revealing Rachel Maddow quotes from the Howard Stern Show interview below:
- On how she met her girlfriend: “She hired me to dig tree stumps out of her backyard…Love at first sight…She opened the door to her house, and it was like ‘twinkle, twinkle’!”
- On her gaydar: “My gaydar used to be better. Now, I feel like everybody who’s fashionable seems gay to me. Or German.”
- On realizing she was gay: “I figured it out through rational deduction. I just decided that must be what it is…I really didn’t figure it out until I was 16 or 17…I was relieved that I had figured something out. It sort of made everything make sense. And I was worried that I was going to have a hard life. And I was also very happy. I thought: ‘this means I’m never going to be living at home at parents when I’m 30. Awesome. I will HAVE to leave.”
- On the Howard Stern Show: “I go on Meet the Press, and I like, ‘won an Emmy’ and I have my own TV show and all this stuff. The people I grew up with…and my oldest friends in the world–NOBODY cares about any of that. All that anybody cares about is that I’m here right now.”
- On Rick Santorum and his allies: “The comfort that I take in that is that they look ridiculous. They really look like…they look like a living embarrassing artifact of a way that people used to think.”
- On Mitt Romney: “The thing I find most upsetting about the prospect of Mitt Romney winning is that I think that he is very, very comfortable telling you whatever he needs to tell you in the moment because that’s going to help him politically, even if it has no relationship to the truth and even if he knows he’s going to be caught for it…I mean, a politician lying? ‘Dog Bites Man’. No big deal. But a politician not even being embarrassed about being caught lying?”
- On the state of journalism: “The American newspaper reporting business is so impressive it’s unbelieveable.…Nobody’s paying reporters…Otherwise the rest of us who bloviate for a living are not going to have any facts on which to base our bloviation…Local TV news and local newspapers…that’s where we get all of our information.”
- On Rush Limbaugh & Roger Ailes: “I think that Rush is a propagandist for the Republican Party and has brought it to an art form. Not everybody on the conservative side is trying to build the Republican project, but he is one of the people who is…He changed radio. He changed AM Radio. He changed radio to form it in his image—in the same way that I’ve got a lot of respect for what Roger Ailes has done. I mean, Roger Ailes used the Fox platform to build a media empire supporting Republican party causes.”
- On Glenn Beck: “I think Glenn Beck, back in the day, did a really good radio show.”
- On how her parents dealt with her coming out: “In my parents’ case,…I think they were hurt that I was going to have a hard life. They’re very Catholic, and so they were worried that I was doing a sinful thing and that means that I’m going to go to Hell. But also, I think they were upset with me that they had raised somebody so callous and nasty that I would do something so rude as to disrespect them enough to not tell them, but tell the newspaper…That was part of what they were upset about it, and I don’t blame them. It was obnoxious.”
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