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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 8/16/18 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.”
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
Tom Arnold: Laurie Metcalf and I had a brief romance while filming the Roseanne pilot
Source: E! Online
"The night we shot the pilot, yes, Roseanne (Barr) was in the front seat getting romantic with John Goodman," Arnold told Howard Stern this morning. "I was in the backseat. Roseanne looks back and I'm holding hands with Laurie Metcalf and then we're having a great time." ALSO: Arnold says his agent has something to do why he's unlikely to return to Roseanne.
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 Wednesday 4/18/18 at 1:19PM EDT
Claire Danes reveals she's pregnant with her second child
Source: E! Online
"I'm pregnant," the Homeland star revealed to Howard Stern this morning. "I'm seriously preggo. I'm deep into my second trimester."
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Kathy Griffin says she "loved" Anderson Cooper, but he became more interested in "shiny objects"
“Like, he wouldn’t do promos for me and stuff,” Griffin told Howard Stern on Tuesday. “But still, we would get together on New Year’s and the magic would happen and he’s smart and I love his mother.” She added: “I was in love with him as a friend. I loved him as a friend. (The friendship) was closer the first five years, then I think he’s the type of guy who’s into shiny objects, so later on he wasn’t as into it.” ALSO: Watch Griffin as Kellyanne Conway on The President Show.
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.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Stephen Colbert to Howard Stern on President Trump: "I don’t hate him. I mistrust him. And he scares me"
Source: The Hill
“My mom wouldn’t allow us to hate," The Late Show host told Stern in a wide-ranging interview this morning. "I go to church. I believe in traditions," he said. "And I think that Donald Trump and the people who wind up following him are creating a bonfire of vanity in which they’re fueling with standards and norms of great American institutions." Colbert added: "I don’t have any responsibility to take both sides. I have a responsibility to give you my opinion.” ALSO: Colbert defends bringing Sean Spicer to the Emmys.