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Rolling Stone Cover Story: The Softer Side of Howard Stern

After years of psy­cho­therapy, the King of All Media looks back, repents, and rescues a few kittens…

Howard stern hasn’t released a book in 24 years. Back in those days, he was a guy who didn’t think twice about calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig”; using a giant, rotting fish as a mallet to spank a naked woman on the air; or viciously mocking a member of his “Wack Pack” with Down syndrome he’d dubbed “Gary the Retard.” On the cover of the book Miss America, he dressed as a drag queen, and inside he offered detailed accounts of his private cybersex sessions with fans.

The Howard Stern of 2019 — who spends his free time fostering rescue cats or painting watercolors — can only shudder when that book and its 1993 predecessor, Private Parts, comes up. “If I read them, I’d want to jump out a window,” he says. “I haven’t picked them up in years. They are snapshots of who I was back then, and I want to take that guy and shake him. I was a selfish prick. I can just see that quote in Rolling Stone, ‘I was a selfish prick.’ But it’s true.”

It’s before 8 a.m. on a Thursday in mid-April, and Stern is usually at his Hamptons home or Palm Beach estate by now, since he broadcasts Mondays through Wednesdays only. But he’s come into his SiriusXM studio in New York for a rare extended interview timed to the release of his new book, Howard Stern Comes Again, a compendium of his best interviews with the likes of Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Gwyneth Paltrow and other A-listers.

Stern is now friends with ex-antagonists like O’Donnell. Gary is almost never seen; when he is, Stern lovingly calls him “Gary the Conquerer.” “Retard” has vanished from Stern’s vocabulary, along with bits that demean women or minorities. He vacations with friends like Jimmy Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston, and goes to parties with Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin and others he used to torment.

To Stern die-hards, this is blasphemy — the equivalent of Johnny Rotten singing Pat Boone songs. Superfans gather each day on the Howard Stern subreddit to blast their former hero, calling him “Hollywood Howie” or “PC Howie” and arguing over when they stopped listening. (Oddly enough, they all seem tuned in to current show developments.) But as Stern settles onto the studio couch usually reserved for show guests, he says he doesn’t care about the Reddit crew. As he reveals in his new book, he recently had two cancer scares. First, he almost underwent chemotherapy when his white-blood-cell count was off the charts, but discovered at the last moment that he was suffering from mercury poisoning from eating too much fish. Then, in a hypochondriac’s nightmare scenario, he got a full-body scan and doctors saw a spot on his kidney. They said there was a 95 percent chance it was cancer, and he had major surgery, only to wake up and learn it was a cyst that had burst.

In the book, he also says that after many years of psychotherapy he has come to terms with his narcissism. He says he no longer has any desire to humiliate or insult guests to score ratings. In an era when former heavyweights like Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer have been pushed out of the industry due to their treatment of women, it’s no small irony that Stern’s couch is now where some of the biggest names in the industry go for in-depth interviews. It’s the sort of third-act surprise that few people would have ever predicted for the guy formerly known as Fartman.

Read the full Rolling Stone interview HERE.

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How Howard Stern Became A New Man

Over the past 13 years, Howard Stern helped SiriusXM satellite radio grow from a fledgling experiment into a 33 million-subscriber empire. But Stern, who made a name for himself as a potty-mouthed shock jock, has evolved as a celebrity interviewer and as a person. 

He talks with Tracy Smith about his new book of interviews, “Howard Stern Comes Again”; his psychotherapy; a health scare that demonstrated he “wasn’t Superman”; and how he and his wife are guardian angels to a thousand rescue cats.

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Howard Stern Announces His First Book In More Than 20 Years

Howard Stern’s first book in more than twenty years, Howard Stern Comes Again, will be published by Simon & Schuster on May 14, 2019.

Private Parts, published in 1993, was at that time the fastest-selling book in the history of Simon & Schuster. When the first-printing of 250,000 copies sold out in just a few hours, a second printing of 600,000 copies was ordered. Within two weeks the book would be in its eighth printing, for a total of more than one million copies. So great was the demand that 10,000 people turned up for a signing at the midtown Barnes & Noble, creating a massive traffic jam in which Stern himself was trapped, effectively shutting down Fifth Avenue. Private Parts went on to spend 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list—all the more remarkable considering that several national accounts refused to sell the book.

Stern’s follow-up, Miss America, released in 1995, sold even faster. Barnes & Noble recorded 33,000 sales on publication date—a one-day record for the chain at that time. 15,000 people showed up for a signing at a Borders Books & Music in Los Angeles. Miss America spent 16 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

“I’ve been waiting two years for this book to be finished, because Howard Stern told me to be patient,” said Jonathan Karp, Publisher of Simon & Schuster. “It was well worth the wait. Howard Stern Comes Again is certain to be one of the most entertaining and widely read books of the year.”

Stern, when asked to comment, offered “F*#k Hemingway! I put my heart and soul into this book and could not be more proud of it.”

To preorder the book click HERE.

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Watch Highlights From The Billy Joel Town Hall Hosted By Howard Stern

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Howard Stern and Billy Joel wowed a lucky crowd of just 100 people with an intimate talk/concert for SiriusXM Satellite radio’s “Town Hall” series on Monday afternoon. Guests were invited to the Cutting Room on E. 32nd St., at noon for a three-hour chat between the two and, of course, Stern’s ever-present sidekick, Robin Quivers.

There to perform were Idina Menzel, P!nk, Boys 2 Men and Melissa Etheridge, who rocked the house with a sexy rendition of “Only the Good Die Young.”  Pink, who sat next to her Vietnam veteran father, Jim Moore, sang a duet with Joel to “She’s Always a Woman,” while her father proudly filmed from the audience. Stern presided over a lively interview which included questions from celebrity fans such as Matt Lauer and Rachael Ray.

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SiriusXM Announces A Special Town Hall Event With Billy Joel Hosted By Howard Stern On April 28, 2014

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SiriusXM has announced a special invitation-only “Town Hall” event with Billy Joel, hosted by Howard Stern. This exclusive event will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at a secret location in New York City. The Town Hall will be part of a live broadcast of the Howard Stern show and feature Billy Joel answering questions from an intimate studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.

This is what Howard Stern had to say about the event:

“What we’re going be doing is we’re going to have special guests to celebrate Billy Joel’s amazing 50-year career,” Howard said. “Some of these are going to be great musicians … We’ve contacted very famous people in music.”

To qualify for tickets SiriusXM is asking subscribers to submit their most creative questions for Billy Joel for a chance to ask their question in person at the Town Hall! The winners and their guests will receive tickets to this special live broadcast. You can get more information about this special event HERE

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Jerry Seinfeld & Howard Stern Drive A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge To Bel Aire Diner In Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest, Howard Stern, drive a 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” to the Bel Aire Diner in Astoria, Queens for some coffee in the season finale of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

 

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Returns For Its Third Season On January 2, 2014

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The Emmy-nominated Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns for its third season on Thursday January 2, 2014 and the guests look fantastic.

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Jerry will cruise around in shiny vehicles and drink hot beverages with Howard Stern, Tina Fey, Louis CK, Jay Leno, Todd Barry and Patton Oswalt. Check out the trailer below.


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