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Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Norm Macdonald gets into more trouble with Down Syndrome comment in reaction to the #MeToo backlash
Source: The New York Times
“You’d have to have Down syndrome” not to feel sorry for the victims of sexual abuse, Macdonald said in his interview this morning with Howard Stern. While discussing that "of course" he understands the trauma of sexual abuse victims after defending Louis CK, Macdonald joked that Down Syndrome is "my new word." (MacDonald may have been alluding to finding a word to replace “retarded,” which he has used as an insult in the past.) “You’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry for — of course, #MeToo is what you want for your daughters," he told Stern. Macdonald's latest comments were met with Twitter backlash, but Netflix has yet to respond.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Norm Macdonald: The Tonight Show wanted me to apologize for my controversial #MeToo comments
Macdonald detailed to Howard Stern this morning how he ended up being dropped from last night's Tonight Show at the last minute following outrage over his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he portrayed Louis CK and Roseanne Barr as victims. According to TVLine, Macdonald said when he arrived at his dressing room, Tonight Show producers made it clear that Fallon would have to acknowledge his comments, and they urged him to apologize at the beginning of his appearance. Then Fallon himself stopped by and asked, “How should we play this?” Macdonald agreed to address the comments at the end of the interview. But Macdonald said Fallon's producers didn't like that idea, adding that they were "crying" over the idea of letting him appear on-air. “He was very broken up about it, he didn’t want this,” Macdonald said to Stern. “Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'” Macdonald said, adding: “I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.” Macdonald said he understood where Fallon was coming from. “Part of the reason I love (Jimmy) is because he does nothing about the news," said Macdonald. "He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian.” Macdonald, who apologized on Twitter for his comments after the cancelation, also explained to Stern that "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement," adding that he wasn't saying what Roseanne and Louis CK have experienced "was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible.”
- The Tonight Show's cancelation is a reminder of how safe Fallon plays it: "Navigating complex issues presented by Macdonald’s dust-up — without fear of embarrassment — requires a host with intellectual heft, a broad sensibility and courage to confront. Jimmy Fallon has yet to prove he bears such qualities," says Colby Hall, adding: "As we saw last night, Mr. Fallon hides from the task of confronting meaningful topics moving the public discourse."
- Macdonald told Stern he was confused during his Hollywood Reporter interview because "I'm a dumb f*cking guy"
- Macdonald's "apology" was a bunch of words resembling an apology, but meant nothing at all
- Macdonald says The Comedy Cellar should give women traumatized by Louis CK's surprise standup $200 each: "I think they could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes."
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Howard Stern is reportedly coming out with a tell-all book next month
Source: Page Six
Simon & Schuster is dropping a new book by the shock jock and former America's Got Talent judge on Sept. 25, according to Page Six. Stern will have a lot to say since much has happened since his previous books, 1993 memoir Private Parts and its 1995 follow-up Miss America, were released.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
Howard Stern spent 45 minutes ranting against Les Moonves, comparing him to Tony Soprano
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The shock jock responded to the Moonves sexual harassment allegations on Monday morning by recounting how the Moonves-led CBS sued him for $500 million claiming he breached his contract when he was employed by CBS Radio and announced he was leaving for Sirius Satellite Radio. Amid the lawsuit, Stern visited David Letterman's Late Show wearing a "I HATE LES MOONVES" T-shirt.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Howard Stern playing with cats is one of the amusing features of his wife Beth Stern's Instagram feed
Source: The New Yorker
The New Yorker delves into Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl host Beth Stern's Instagram feed, which is packed with kittens and cats that she is fostering with the help of her shock jock husband. Beth Stern Instagram videos feature her husband petting foster kittens and playing with the kittens while also grooming his own cats.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Howard Stern's "Evil Dave Letterman" dies
For more than a decade and a half, Stern had Dave VanDam use his David Letterman-sounding voice to make offensive and sometimes racist prank calls. It was unclear if "Evil" Dave ever met the actual Letterman, but the shock jock would tease the real Dave about the prank calls during appearances on The Late Show. VanDam died on July 3 at age 63.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Jay Leno's former Tonight Show announcer pranked White House into getting President Trump to call him
John Melendez, who became famous as Howard Stern sidekick "Stuttering John," got the president to call him back from Air Force One after posing as New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. Melendez played the prank call on his podcast. The screw-up has left the White House scrambling to figure out how Trump ended up placing the call, especially since his legislative team tried to kill the call in advance after learning that the U.S. senator wasn't trying to reach the president. "Stuttering John" was a prominent part of The Howard Stern Show for 16 years, famous for his ambush celebrity interviews. In 2003, he competed on the ABC reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, which led to a guest spot on The Tonight Show. Based on that appearance, Leno hired Melendez as his announcer in 2004, which angered Stern and resulted in a years-long feud between the shock jock and Leno. Melendez worked for Leno until his Tonight Show ended in 2014.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Howard Stern and David Letterman recalled their spat in final My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode of the season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The shock jock has been appearing on Letterman's talks shows since 1984. Those appearances turned into an off-air friendship in the 1990s -- that is, until Stern would reveal their private conversations on air. Even though Stern kept appearing visiting Letterman's show, he didn't formally apologize until 2011 during a Late Show visit. "I've apologized to a lot of people. And I'll tell you why. I think I did a lot of growing up," Stern told Letterman. "And I do attribute this to psychotherapy. I was just a young man full of rage. Through psychotherapy I started to fall in love with life a little bit. I started to appreciate what was good. … one of those things was my relationship with you. I could appreciate what you had done for me. I had betrayed your trust, and I was ashamed. The reality was I loved you, and I really felt strongly about you." ALSO: Stern reveals Donald Trump asked him to speak at the Republican National Convention.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Howard Stern recalls to Letterman the time Donald Trump rated his daughter Ivanka a "10"
Source: New York Daily News
Netflix has released a preview of the shock jock as the sixth and final guest on the first season of Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No introduction. Stern's episode will be released on May 31.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Snoop Dogg recalls Tupac Shakur arriving at SNL with Madonna and a "big bag" of weed
Source: Rolling Stone
The rapper recalled to Howard Stern this morning his first performance on Saturday Night Live in 1994. Coincidentally, Shakur was in New York at the same time, and Snoop needed some weed. "He was like, 'Don't worry about a motherf*ckin' thing, I'm comin' to Saturday Night Live, I'll be there in a minute,'" Snoop recalled. Shakur arrived soon after with a "big bag" of weed and Madonna. ALSO: Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart's friendship started at Comedy Central's Justin Bieber roast.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Howard Stern is angry HBO edited his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame speech: "They completely gutted me"
The shock jock, whose unedited speech was uploaded by a fan to YouTube, expressed frustration this morning that HBO edited out portions of his Bon Jovi induction speech -- such as him joking about the number of women Richie Sambora "banged." "You can't fly me to f*cking Cleveland and ask me to make a speech and then edit the sh*t out of me," Stern said of the HBO edits. "I wasn't there talking about my career. I spent a lot of time on that and they spent three minutes deciding what should be in and out...They completely...gutted me. Like a rotting fish, which I am. That's how I feel inside."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Tina Fey teaches David Letterman improv in one of two My Next Guest episodes coming to Netflix in May
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix initially announced that My Next Guest Needs No Introduction would be a monthly event. But the first season will wrap by the end of May, with Fey's episode set for this Friday, May 4, and Howard Stern's episode dropping on Thursday, May 31.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Claire Danes says Homeland will end with Season 8, but Showtime hasn't made it official
In an interview with Howard Stern this morning, the actress was asked if Season 8 will be the end of the Showtime series, as has long been expected. She responded, "yeah, that's it." Showtime has yet to confirm that Homeland is in fact ending. Danes said she's conflicted about ending the series. "She’s a lot, this Carrie-freakin’ Mathison character," she said. Showrunner Alex Gansa has said he expects Season 8 to be his last year, which would coincide with the expiration of the casts' contracts. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime hasn't made a decision on the show's future, adding that "there's been talk with keeping the show going with a new showrunner and new cast." Danes also revealed to Stern that she's pregnant with her second child, but Homeland won't be impacted because the show isn't expected to go into production on Season 8 before the end of year.
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
Howard Stern inducts Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "Eat sh*t, Bob Dylan"
The King of All Media, who has been complaining for months about having to fly to Cleveland for the induction ceremony, roasted Jon Bon Jovi's legendary band. He also took shots at Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner for Bon Jovi not getting inducted earlier. The ceremony airs on HBO on May 5, but a clip of Stern's speech can be viewed on YouTube (until it's taken down).
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Jennifer Lawrence detailed her problems with E! when Howard Stern brought up Ryan Seacrest
Source: Hollywood Life
Lawrence seemed unaware of the sexual harassment allegations against Seacrest when Stern brought them up in an interview Wednesday morning, asking if she would shun him on the Oscars red carpet. “I can’t imagine him being sexual,” she said. When pressed, she added: "I don’t know. I mean there is a lot to think about with E!, you know?” Lawrence has supported Catt Sadler in the former E! News host's pay dispute with the entertainment network, and the two have reportedly teamed up for a #MeToo and Time's Up-themed TV docuseries. Speaking of Sadler, Lawrence said, "I have noticed that they keep cycling these women and I am going — that is just so you, is that so you don’t have to pay another women equally to Jason (Kennedy)? Is this just a way to still maintaining that you are not paying women equally?" Additionally, Lawrence said, "I have always had a problem with the Fashion Police. I don’t have a problem with talking about what women are wearing. There was a time there where, they were just mean, about people’s bodies, things you shouldn’t say.” Going back to the Seacrest allegations, Lawrence said, “I think it is scary, you know. He has not been to trial for anything. I am not a judge. I am not a jury, you know. I don’t know, that that, that is where this stuff gets tricky.”