The unfiltered life of Howard Stern

Howard Stern has absolutely no filter. He says every single thing that comes to his mind and has capitalized on his bluntness on his radio show. But after all these years, even Stern himself couldn’t predict this would happen. And how was his wife connected to all of this? Read the full story here >> 

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Stern has put his foot in his mouth more times than we (or he) can remember. He has insulted people, bullied others, and was a real jerk if we are being honest about it. Luckily for Stern, he had his loyal audience that loved his outrageous behavior. But then some unbelievable things were revealed.

First wife

Howard met Alison Berns when the two of them were at Boston University together. Howard said, “Within a week after our relationship began, I knew I was going to marry her.” The couple was married at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Massachusetts in 1978. Both Howard and Alison were 24 years old when they married. The couple ended their relationship in 1999, Stern saying, “I was totally neurotic and sort of consumed with work. I took work as the most important thing and the only thing.” They officially divorced in 2001.

Howard and Alison had three daughters together: Emily (1983), Debra (1986), and Ashley (1993). His eldest daughter Emily is an orthodox Jewish early 30-something woman who blames her dad on her being single. She said, “my dad’s emphasis on sexuality [in his career] kept me out of the dating ring [when I was younger].” She goes on to say, “I felt like the divorce came out of nowhere. I thought that sacred bond was so strong. He used to be one way, and then he marries a model.”

He remarried in 2008 to Beth Ostrosky

Prior to the finalizing of his divorce from Alison, Howard began dating television host and model Both Ostrosky. The two were a couple for seven years before getting engaged in 2007. The two married in 2008 at Le Cirque restaurant with the ceremony being officiated over by Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa’s husband. Beth is 18 years younger than Howard. The two are still married today.

His daughter

Continuing Emily Stern’s words on her father, she doesn’t seem to like him all that much. “My dad always instilled in us, ‘Everybody’s watching you,’ ” she said. While Howard “always said it was for our protection,” she attributes his warnings to narcissism.“I was alone. The belief that we were so different made it unhealthy,” she says. “Maybe because he was disconnected from the world, he experienced so much shame about who he was.”

He was banned from Clear Channel Radio

Howard was on radio channels throughout his career. In 2004, he was on the Clear Channel Radio, which had Howard’s radio show on six different markets and locations nationally. However, that year, he took it one step too far and interviewed Rick Salomon about his adult video with Paris Hilton. The two went on to describe the tape in extreme detail, prompting the station to receive a fine of $495,000 by the FCC. The station banned Howard Stern from that day forward.

Which prompted his move to satellite radio

Howard being banned by the radio station prompted him to move to satellite radio. That same year, 2004, Howard announced that he would be transitioning from regular radio to Sirius Satellite Radio. The satellite radio is FCC regulation free, which means he can say pretty much whatever he wants and there are no consequences. Moving to satellite did Howard good, but he also managed to get into arguments with that station over payment issues.

He called out all Selena fans

In order to make a splash and be heard, Howard called out Selena Quintanilla and her music in 1995 (right after her death might we add) by saying, “Spanish people have the worst taste in music. … This music does absolutely nothing for me. Alvin and the Chipmunks have more soul.” Needless to say, his words were not well received. Stern would end up apologizing for his hurtful words, but not before a warrant for his arrest for disorderly conduct was issued in Texas.

The radio station owners were fined heavily

Due to Howard’s extremely dirty mouth and filterless opinions, which he lets fly freely on his show, the FCC has fined the companies who own the radio stations where The Howard Stern Show has been on with fines totaling over $2.5 million. That one time when they were fined with one fine of over $500,000 was the one that had Stern move to satellite radio, where all bets are off.

He experimented with illegal substances

Like many college students in the 70s, Stern experimented with illegal substances, more specifically with hallucinogens and psychedelic substances. Howard would smoke and take Quaaludes and LSD. What made him stop, however, was a very bad trip he once had while on LSD. Honestly, that would make anyone stop doing such a thing. Howard was too much of a control freak anyway.

The Howard Stern Show’s success

It was in 1990 that Howard started hosting his own late night radio show called The Howard Stern Show on WWOR-TV. The show was such a success that the ratings actually overtook that of Saturday Night Live. This was the time that Stern shot to true national and later international fame. In 1992, he dubbed himself the ‘King of All Media’.

He has written two books

Stern is not only a radio host and big mouth, he is also a published author. He has written two books, Private Parts and Miss America. Both of the books were on the New York Times Best Seller List and were sold like hotcakes despite the books being banned from several book stores. The film version of Private Parts that came out in 1997 was also a box office hit.

The reason for the Miss America book title

When Stern was asked why he called the book Miss America, he replied, “When I was a kid growing up in high school, I would come down the steps. My parents were disgusted by me. I had started this growth spurt. I looked like a big, hairy pencil. I’m walking down the steps and my father would look at me and I’d be in my underpants. And he looked down at his son who was sprouting with facial hair and he’d go, ‘Oh, look. There’s Miss America.”

He had a stint in politics

Back in 1994, Howard ran for the office of Governor of New York! He ended up removing his name from the ballot and backed a fellow running mate, George Pataki, who would win the election. A bill, called The Howard Stern Bill, was passed in 1995. The bill restricted construction on roads in Long Island and New York during nighttime hours.

He was a judge on America’s Got Talent

“I did the most shocking thing of my career — I was on a family show,” is what Howard said when he decided to leave America’s got Talent. Howard was a judge on the talent reality competition show and enjoyed it much more than he ever thought possible. “I thought it would be really cool to be a judge, because I think I have something to offer,” he says. “If I had any dream about this, it’s that I could take someone who was struggling and seriously give advice. I was told over and over again that I had no talent. I was in college radio. No one was banking on me. I sent a copy of my show to my father, my father wrote me back a five-page letter and was brutally honest. … It wasn’t harsh, I think it was out of love.”

He is a brown belt in Shotokan

Shotokan karate originates from Japan. Howard has been involved with the martial art form for years and has garnered himself a brown belt. As if you would mess with Howard Stern to begin with, this is yet another deterrent from getting too close to the tall guy. Shotokan karate is not to be messed with, he can lay you flat on the ground in a second!

He goes into ‘a zone’ when on the air

Those who have seen Howard work, have said that he goes into a totally different zone than his state when he is off the air. “People who’ve seen him work without his signature dark glasses have claimed his eyes go ‘back and forth like a mile a minute.’ He said, ‘It’s almost like my eyes roll into the back of my head, and four hours later, the show’s over.'”

His net worth is downright shocking

We kid you not, Howard Stern is worth $600 million. He makes an annual salary of $90 million through his Sirius Satellite Radio job. His net worth also comes from his many investments, properties and endorsement deals. Stern is without a doubt a very wealthy man, who needs not worry about money again for the rest of his life (as long as he doesn’t get sued for speaking out of turn, then he’d be broke).

David Bowie disappointed him

Way back in Howard’s early days in radio he had David Bowie on his show. Bowie played a couple of his songs but did not want to take part in an interview, something that disappointed Howard greatly. Howard very much wanted to talk to David about his music and career. We are sure everything ended up well as Bowie played a special performance for Howard at his 44th birthday in 1998.

He suffers from OCD

Howard had always had obsessive-compulsive disorder. In order to help contain the symptoms, he used his Transcendental Meditation techniques to try and manage it. To this day, Howard still suffers from the symptoms, which will always be there, but is able to live without it bothering him too much thanks to the meditation. He also credits the meditation for ridding his mother of depression.

He’s a personal friend of the president

While Howard is a personal friend of our current president, even attending his wedding, he did in fact vote for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. Whether or not the current president was aware of this or not remains to be seen but it is nice to see that Howard can differentiate between friendship and politics. Something many people cannot do.

He has a soft spot for animals

Howard and his second wife Beth are both huge donators to the North Shore Animal League America. The NSALA is located in Port Washington, New York and is one of the largest no-kill animal shelters and adoption centers in the world. The organization has been involved in saving animals from the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

He has beef with Larry King

It is no secret that Howard is one opinionated guy. He has openly made remarks on other famous people that created some serious feuds. Stern called Larry King the “luckiest man in show business” and a “loser” and said that “He moved to CNN where he had no competition. As soon as MSNBC and Fox News gave him a little bit of competition, the cards folded.” Needless to say, the two don’t get along at all.

He meditates

Stern isn’t known for being the most calm individual, but he would be a whole lot worse if he didn’t meditate in the morning. He has been practicing transcendental meditation for over 36 years now. He has said that meditation was the reason he was able to quit smoking, has helped him cope with his OCD and has contributed to his success in radio.

He bullied Kathie Lee Gifford

While he may have asked for forgiveness now, there were years there that Howard downright bullied Gifford. He would constantly talk about her marriage and family. Things got even more aggressive when it was rumored that Kathie’s husband cheated on her. Stern said on his show, “How embarrassed is she?” and “She looks like the biggest idiot”. We have to say – no, Howard, you look like the biggest idiot. Howard asked Kathie to forgive his words years later, something she agreed to do as she didn’t feel as rough about it as the rest of us.

He ownes a $52 million home

In 2013, Howard purchased himself and his wife Beth a $52 million home in Palm Beach, Florida. The home is 19,000 square feet in size and boasts more accommodations than any hotel can offer. In addition to the $52 million he bought the property for, he has spent over $13 million in additional renovations. The home has a grand staircase along with a closet for his wife that is bigger than most apartments.

He has undergone plastic surgery

Yes, yes, Howard Stern has gone under the knife. In 2006, he finally admitted to have undergone plastic surgery. Howard had his nose done, a facelift and liposuction from his chin! This just goes to show the world that you don’t have to be in front of a camera to want to get something fixed, but Stern better be careful before he makes more comments about the way people look…

Getting fired from DC101

Howard Stern is renowned for being a ‘shock-jock’; a title he has had since pretty much day one of his radio broadcasting career. In 1982, an Air Florida plane crashed into the 14th Street Bridge after taking off from Washington National Airport, killing 74 people. On the radio the next day, Stern called the airline on-air to find out how much it would cost to fly from the airport to the 14th Street Bridge. Unsurprisingly, this ‘joke’ didn’t go down too well, and he was fired from DC101 six months later.

The DeBella funeral

Stern always had a bit of a rivalry with John DeBella of WMMR who was the incumbent number one for quite some time. Howard’s morning slot at WXRK (which was also broadcast by WYSP in Philadelphia) started to soar in the ratings before he finally took over the number one spot in April 1990. To celebrate, Stern held a mock funeral for DeBella in Rittenhouse Square on May 10, 1990. We’re not sure DeBella was best pleased about having a fake funeral held in his honor!

Stern’s policies

When Howard Stern ran for governor in 1994, in an effort to challenge the reelection of Mario Cuomo, the Libertarian candidate had some pretty unique policies to put forward. The first was to reinstate the death penalty, which certainly divided opinion. He also wanted to limit roadworks to overnight hours and remove highway tolls. However, the fact that he had to release his financial information and home address to have his name on the ballot meant Stern quickly withdrew.

The Columbine controversy

It seems as though despite being fined (and fired) several times for misconduct, Howard Stern never learns. On April 21, 1999, the day after the shocking Columbine High School shooting, Stern made some truly horrific comments. He mentioned the appearance of some of the “really good looking girls” who were running away from the gunmen, in an utterly tasteless piece that was broadcast in Denver. The Rocky Mountain News wrote, in response, “Let Howard Stern make his millions in other broadcast markets. He does not belong in Denver.”

King of All Media

As already mentioned, Howard Stern dubbed himself ‘King of All Media, ’ but he decided it wasn’t enough to just call himself that. Stern filed a trademark for the name in 2006, which according to records was opposed several times and went through a lengthy process before it was finally granted on August 1, 2013. If anyone were ever to try and use ‘King of All Media’ as a name for themselves, Howard Stern would be able to sue as he owns the trademark.

Stern’s albums

Did you know that Howard Stern has released three albums?! The first was when he was a DJ at WWDC in 1982 and was entitled “50 Ways to Rank Your Mother” which the final track on the album being called “Howard Stern Is A God.” The second was a compilation of various scandalous moments from The Howard Stern Show, aptly named “Crucified By the FCC,” released in 1992. His third and final album is the official soundtrack for Private Parts, the movie about his life, released in 1997.

National Radio Hall of Fame

Howard Stern has long been critical of the National Radio Hall of Fame, so it came as quite a surprise when they announced, in 2012, that he was about to become their latest addition! After the news of his induction into the hall of fame broke, Stern took to the radio to slate Bruce DuMont, the hall’s director, once again. He said the only reason they took so long to add him was because now they needed to boost the profile of the “little-known Hall of Fame.” Ouch.

The IRS scandal

On May 19, 2015, The Howard Stern show broadcast a conversation between Judith Barrigas (a member of the public from Massachusetts) and an IRS agent Jimmy Forsyth. The IRS agent had called into The Howard Stern show earlier and was put on hold before he took the call from Barrigas to discuss a question she had about her tax. Somehow (no one really knows how) the calls got tied up and Howard Stern broadcast snippets of it on his show; including Judith’s phone number. Barrigas attempted to sue Stern for unlawful invasion of privacy and negligence.

A personal day

On May 10, 2017, Howard Stern sent the internet into a frenzy when he unexpectedly canceled his radio show to take a ‘personal day.’ Fans noted that Stern had never taken an unexpected day off before, not since he started on the radio in the ‘80s! Many were worried something awful had happened, and conspiracy theories flooded social media, including that one of his parents had passed away or that he was having marital issues. Stern came back to his show on the following Monday, with no explanation! Odd.

Burned out

Is Howard Stern about to quit radio? In a recent interview with David Letterman in August 2017, he observed how well the TV host seemed to be doing now that he’d retired. “I fantasize that if I retire, I would have this youthful look,” Stern said to Letterman, who he’d complimented for seeming younger since he retired. “I feel a bit burned out,” Stern went on to admit to Letterman and his listeners. Howard Stern then asked Letterman to stay as he wanted to tell him something off air… Could it be asking for retirement advice?