Wendy Williams likely didn’t anticipate such fierce backlash from Howard Stern, but he gave her just that after she remarked on his apparent changes on her talk show Wednesday.
The famed talk show host discussed Stern’s upcoming new book, his first in more than 20 years, called “Howard Stern Comes Again” on her March 13 show. Then she turned her attention to Stern’s current ways.
“Howard is so Hollywood right now. … Howard, I love you, but since you’ve gone Hollywood, everything that you say is so predictable,” Williams says. “Every story is going to be about, ‘Oh, I love this one, and then we went on their yacht.’ He’s a Hollywood insider now, which sucks. Because you started like me, being of the people, but at some point you sat behind the microphone for too long, and now you are the people.”
She added she’s been on his radio show twice and often hears from people that caught her on his long-running program.
Despite Williams wrapping the Hot Topics segment by telling her audience they should purchase his book, which is due in May, Stern didn’t take kindly to her assertion that he’s fully immersed himself in Tinseltown.
“Jealous b— … You are nobody to me,” the famed shock jock said on his SiriusXM program “The Howard Stern Show” Wednesday. “You’ll never be me, Wendy. You’ll never be me. You can pretend to be me, you can pretend to be like me, but you’re not. You don’t have my wit and you don’t have my talent. … You couldn’t have that career. You’re a fly.”
“What evidence do you have that I’m Hollywood, honey?” he went on. “I grew up a scumbag and I’m still treated like a scumbag. … What, because I found success, now I’m ‘Hollywood’?”
Then he tore into Williams’ personal life by lashing out at her two-and-a-half-month-long absence from “The Wendy Williams” show after she worried fans by slurring her words and later appearing using a sling on episodes that aired in December. Stern also took aim at longstanding rumors that Williams’ husband Kevin Hunter is cheating on her and is physically abusing her.
“What have I done to this woman? Nothing. I’ve been gracious to her,” Stern said. “Worry about your husband, not me. … F–k you and your dumb show and your mystery illness. She disappears for two months, nobody knows why, and now she’s questioning me? Thanks, honey.
“I never fainted on my show either,” he added, remarking on the catalyst to Williams coming clean about her Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder, last year.
Stern didn’t stop there. He continued, “I’m not somebody you want to f–k with, honey. I don’t want to hear your bulls–t. And you’re not a nice person. Nobody likes you, that’s why you can’t go Hollywood.
The host further claimed “People do not like her. [The staff] was doing a dance over at ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ when she was out. She’s a big pain in the ass. I hate to break the news to you, honey. Good thing you hurried back.”
Williams, who returned to her show March 4 following her extended absence, did not address Stern’s claims on the Thursday edition of her talk show. But she did tweet about his remarks after her Wednesday show aired.
“Showed love to Howard Stern this morning about his new book. Gonna buy it. Had his wife on my show several times. Being told that he’s being nasty to me on his show. It’s all good, Howie. I still admire you old man! The truth is the truth,” she said Wednesday afternoon.