Howard Stern said this week that it’s always been his “philosophy” to be grateful for his radio success, and added that he realized at some point in his career that he didn’t need to be “all over the television”.
The ironic quote came during this Stern’s interview with “Sons of Anarchy” star Katey Sagal. Sagal spoke about the long and difficult road to success in Hollywood, and said that she and “Married…With Children” co-star Ed O’Neill were always grateful for their steady gig, and that she never tired of her role as Peg Bundy, even after eleven seasons.
“By the time I got that job?” said Sagal. “Ed [O’Neill] and I always used to joke about this–cause we had struggled—we LOVED that job. We would have kept going and going.” Read more on the Katey Sagal interview here
Stern called her a “smart woman” for her ability to appreciate a good thing in the unstable world of show business. Then he launched into a monologue about why he opted not to take a late night talk show gig up against Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in the late 80s, because he knew he had a good thing going with radio.
“How many jobs are like that?” said Stern. “When you get a run, go with it until the bloody end and make a fortune and then you can be a little choosy about your next thing. My philosophy always is, when I got something good, I go with it. I remember years ago I was offered to have my own late night show. I was going to take over Joan Rivers…Johnny was still on. I was going to go up against all these guys and I thought about it and I said: ‘You know, I think I could do this, but they’re going to give me a 13 week cycle. I’ve got a radio career. I’m syndicating…And I was just like ‘Goodbye. I got something good. I’m good at this. I don’t need to be all over the television’.”
There are plenty of Howard Stern Show fans who wish the King of All Media would apply his own philosophy in his decision about whether or not to return to “America’s Got Talent” for Season 8. The Stern Show adopted reduced schedules this spring and summer to make time for Stern’s prime time turn on the family-oriented talent competition.
Of course, Stern is in a very different position than he was back in the late 80s, and has certainly earned the right to enjoy his time in the sun–or the limelights of an auditorium in Newark, New Jersey–if that’s what pleases him.
Stern has expressed ongoing dissatisfaction with his job at Sirius XM and is currently suing the company for $300 million of unpaid stock bonuses. His ex-pal Mel Karmazin announced this week that he’s stepping down from his position as CEO on February 2013, and some think Stern will be the next to jump ship. On Monday’s Howard Stern Show, the radio icon hinted that he may try to get out of his current five year contract early. Read the story here
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