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Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli announces her retirement from standup comedy
Source: New York Daily News
The former Comedy Central roaster, Howard Stern Show regular and former Celebrity Apprentice contestant told Stern this morning she is retiring from standup. Her announcement nearly a decade after she taped her first HBO standup special, Lisa Lampanelli: Long Live the Queen.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Sarah Silverman apologizes for her comments to Howard Stern after Louis CK accuser Rebecca Corry challenged her on Twitter
Silverman said on this morning's Howard Stern Show that her allowing CK to masturbate in front of her when they were both young comedians was different because they were equals at the time. “It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them," Silverman said. "He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F*cking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.” Silverman's comments promoted Corry to respond on Twitter: "To be real clear, CK had 'nothing to offer me' as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it." To which Silverman responded: "Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind." Corry wrote back: "Thank you. I know exactly how you feel. I can’t seem to live my life without getting rape & death threats, harassed & called a cunt regularly for simply telling the truth. I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this sh*t." ALSO: Silverman saying she allowed Louis CK to masturbate in front of her helps no one and just creates false equivalencies.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 4:27PM EDT
Sarah Silverman tells Howard Stern: Louis CK masturbated in front of me with my consent
“I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman said on this morning's The Howard Stern Show. “I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘F*ck yeah I want to see that!’ … It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F*cking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.” Silverman said she thinks that CK didn't understand the implications of his actions, especially when he became more famous. “I’m not saying what he did was okay. I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential, not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy, it changes,” she said. “He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not okay.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
CBS executive Vinnie Favale, who was Les Moonves' liaison to The Late Show, placed on leave for allegedly using sexual and homophobic language in the workplace
An anonymous female former CBS executive tells CNN of Favale's alleged comments, "I'll never forget the day he told me he got four erections while watching Jennifer Hudson rehearse" for Colbert's Late Show in December 2015. The unnamed woman says she felt she faced retaliation after reporting Favale's remark and other comments she deemed offensive. Favale is famous for his Howard Stern appearances and for his David Letterman cameos. As CBS’ longtime East Coast late-night executive, he oversaw The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and CBS' The Howard Stern Show, which aired on Saturdays from 1998 to 2001. Last year, Favale was promoted to CBS' senior vice president of talent development. CNN spoke with nine current and former CBS employees "These individuals described instances in Late Show meetings and rehearsals, between 2015 and 2018, where Favale used sexual innuendo, made homophobic comments and allegedly said derogatory remarks about the appearances of female guests," CNN reports. Favale, who was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, said in a statement: "Allegations that I have ever retaliated against anyone in any fashion are 100% false. I have spent my entire career working at comedy shows, where there has always been a wide latitude to make transgressive jokes while preparing the program. While we make a lot of jokes, these jokes attributed to me, whether said in rehearsals or production meetings, are being taken out of context and were not said in the way being presented here."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Sharon Osbourne exits Britain's The X Factor after she pilloried the show in a Howard Stern interview
Osbourne, who appeared on the British reality show as a judge on the live broadcasts, called the contestants 'little sh*ts" and the show "f*cking karaoke" in a recent interview with Stern. British tabloids speculated that the interview led to her departure.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Pete Davidson: I've received death threats for dating Ariana Grande
Source: New York Daily News
“Someone wanted to shoot me in the face because she’s so hot. You know how insane that is?” the SNL star told Howard Stern this morning. “I was like, am I that ugly that people want to shoot me in the face? They’re like, no, f*ck this guy. I’m like, what did I do?” ALSO: Davidson calls Chevy Chase a "racist" and "douchebag" for SNL criticisms.
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 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Amid N-word controversy, Donald Trump's proposal of a "black against white" Apprentice season resurfaces
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“There was a concept thrown out by some person: nine blacks against nine whites,” Trump told Howard Stern in 2005, adding: “It would be the highest rated show on television." The following year, Apprentice producer Mark Burnett divided contestants by race on Survivor.
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 Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
"Stuttering John" Melendez is shopping a reality show after pranking President Trump
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After recently making headlines for pranking Trump with a phone call to Air Force One, Melendez has signed a deal to star in a reality show that will be pitched to various networks. The proposed show would feature some of Melendez's antics that he became famous for in his 16 years on The Howard Stern Show, including prank calls and man-on-the-street segments. An appearance on the 2003 ABC reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! led to his hiring on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, first as an announcer and later as a writer.
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 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Mandy Moore says she was "hurt" when Wilder Valderrama lied about taking her virginity
On Wednesday, the This Is Us star made her first visit on The Howard Stern Show -- where, 12 years earlier, her ex Valderrama described taking her virginity. “I dated him when I was 16 and 17. No,” she said when asked about his comments. “I love him and I still love him and he’s a very good friend, and that’s why I was so shocked by it. Because not only was it a fib, but it was so unlike him — it was so uncharacteristic.”
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Andy Cohen is happy to be hated by Kathy Griffin if it gives her "peace"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I got the job that she had on CNN,” Cohen said this morning on The Howard Stern Show. “I’m on Bravo all these hours. I get it. So, hate me. I’ll be that guy for you. If it makes you happy and gives you peace. I’m just not going to take it on myself. I’m at peace. I’m a lover, not a fighter.”