'Such an Asset': Howard Stern Says Bradley Cooper Will Run as His VP

Howard Stern's running for president could be a star-studded affair should he follow through on his plans, as Bradley Cooper has reportedly agreed to be the shock jock's running mate.

Stern recently shared that he's mulling a bid for the White House in light of the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the U.S.

The effect of the decision—which has drawn criticism from abortion rights supporters—will be to allow individual states to make their own rules, and several have already imposed legislation making pregnancy terminations illegal.

During Monday's installment of The Howard Stern Show, the broadcaster said: "I'm actually going to probably have to run for president now."

Turning his attention to the Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of overruling Roe v. Wade, he added: "These appointed judges by [former President Donald] Trump were appointed by a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million votes.

"This is where we get into trouble... the problem with most presidents is they have too big of an agenda. The only agenda I would have is to make the country fair again."

Running Mate

On Wednesday, Stern revisited the subject on his SiriusXM show, when he told co-host Robin Quivers of American Hustle star Cooper: "This guy is gonna bring in the female vote like you wouldn't believe."

Stern went on to explain that the running mate conversation started after he received a congratulatory text message from Cooper regarding his announcement about his possible presidential bid.

Making the most of the opportunity, Stern said he then asked Cooper if he would be interested in running on his ticket as vice president, garnering the reported response: "Done."

According to Stern, Cooper expressed concerns about running as "another white male," though Stern said he assured the screen star that he would be "such an asset, people will understand."

Stating that Cooper was the first person he had asked to be his running mate, Stern added: "He said yes, so my search is over."

During the conversation, Quivers pointed that former President Ronald Reagan acted alongside a chimp in the movie Bedtime for Bonzo.

"Now we're gonna have a guy who's played a raccoon," Quivers added, in reference to Cooper voicing the character Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Taking Cooper's acting history into account, Stern then shared what he touted as his possible campaign slogan: "He's a real patriot and a great raccoon."

Newsweek has contacted a representative of Cooper for comment.

Stern made similar comments about running to be commander in chief in 2021, while discussing a potential 2024 presidential bid from Trump.

During his radio show in November last year, Quivers told Stern that if Trump runs again, he would have to be the real estate mogul's opponent.

"I know, I'll beat his a**," Stern said in response. "I would just sit there at debate and play that f****** clip of him trying to fix the election, over and over again.... There's no way I'd lose."

The radio personality previously ran for governor of New York, in 1994. According to The Washington Post, Stern announced that he was going to run for New York governor on his radio show and stated that he planned to run as a libertarian against Democratic incumbent Governor Mario Cuomo.

"It doesn't matter if you find me offensive.... I'll get out of office before I can really screw anything up," Stern said in announcing his bid for governor, per the Post.

However, a few months later, Stern decided to end his run for governor after declining to disclose his public financial information.

After ending his run, Stern said on his show, per the Post: "I spend 25 hours a week telling you all the most intimate details of my life. One fact I've never revealed is how much I make and how much money I have.... It's none of your business."

Bradley Cooper and Howard Stern
Bradley Cooper is pictured left on May 2, 2022, in New York City, and Howard Stern is pictured right on October 9, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Stern said on his radio show on Wednesday that Cooper has agreed to run as his vice president. Theo Wargo/WireImage;/RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images