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‘King of All Media’ is evolving, trashes the old law.
Howard Stern has a huge regret — he says: “bring him to tears.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine’s cover story, the shock jock said he wishes he could apologize for the late actor and comedian Robin Williams for the way he treated the “Mrs. Doubtfire” star during an interview on his radio show “The Howard Stern Show” in the 1990s. Williams died by suicide in 2014 on 63.
“In my mind, I knew all the answers. The public will not sit still for something that is more than 30 seconds long. The only thing they want is to be shocked and indignant. That is where I was at in my life,” he began. “I also have a regret about Robin Williams that haunts me. I was so angry at the world. I love Robin Williams, and when he came into my studio, I had to act like I didn’t love him. I would, ‘F–k you.'”
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Stern, 65, when he said that he was more concerned with the attention on himself instead of his guest — which, in this case, was Williams. Stern said he took aim at Williams, specifically about a cheating scandal at the time.
“I love Robin Williams, and when he came into my studio, I had to act like I didn’t love him. I would, ‘F**k you,'” Stern said, in part.
“I was a baby. I want every listener. I want everyone focused on me. You’re not going to be funnier than I am. You’re not going to come into my studio and steal the moment from me. This is who I was. Say Robin Williams, ‘My God, you’re here,” and the celebration of a great talent and the beauty of that man his career, he walks in and I start in, ‘Hey, you’re a f-ing your nanny,” he said.
“Bam, sledgehammer. Sock him right in the f—ing head. A–hole. Me, not him. And my audience is cheering me on, because who does that? There is a madman loose from the insane asylum,” he added.
When asked what was “made [him] to change,” Stern had an honest answer: psychotherapy.
“I’ve learned that there was a way to talk about what was going on in Robin Williams’ personal life. I could, expressed to him the beauty of Robin Williams. Who knows what he would have revealed? Who knows what impressions, which he would have broken in? It brings me to tears to imagine what that moment might be,” he said.
“I’ve learned that there was a way to talk about what was going on in Robin Williams’ personal life. I could, expressed to him the beauty of Robin Williams. Who knows what he would have revealed? Who knows what impressions, which he would have broken in? It brings me to tears to imagine what that moment might be.”
— Howard Stern
“Some people in my audience would say, ‘Man, don’t kiss anybody’s a–.’ It ain’t about kissing anyone’s a–. It is about, ‘Sh-t, I love this man.’ I want to tell him what he did for me, when I was lonely and could not find a friend. If I saw him in a movie, or even “Mork & Mindy,” he had just damn fun in my life, that is the whole reason that I got on the radio. I wanted to give people pleasure.”
Stern then revealed he attempted to reach out to Williams at one point to apologize. But it was too late.
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“I had the idea that I should call him and apologize. I started it up in the process and see whether it is my call, but he killed himself,” he said. “I get chills as I tell you.”
Separately, Stern revealed this week on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ President Trump was “one of the top five guests of all time” on his radio show.
“It was a wild each and every time,” he said, in part.