"I wasn’t trying to be mean to Robin Williams. I was just trying to be provocative and interesting for the audience, and doing what it is that I thought had to be done. And I was an immature a—hole," Howard Stern said.
Robin Williams will always be one of the greatest comedians ever to grace Hollywood. His ability to make people laugh came so naturally to him, the ace comedian was truly way ahead of his time. And now radio icon and famous television personality Howard Stern has revealed his biggest regret. Sure, he must have taken thousands of interviews, but there was one moment that he deeply regrets even today. It was the interview with Robin Williams, as reported by People.
“Possibly my biggest regret was my interview with Robin Williams,” he writes of the late actor in his upcoming book Howard Stern Comes Again. “I was attacking the guy, and he was justifiably furious with me. Years later, I realized I finally needed to apologize. It took me twenty years to work up the nerve. I was in the midst of tracking down his phone number, and the next day he died. I’m still filled with sadness over his loss and remorse for my failure to reach out sooner.”
It all happened during a highly controversial interview in the early 1990s when the radio host kept questioning Robin Williams over his affair with his son’s nanny, Marsha Garces. The couple later went on to tie the knot.
“I loved Robin Williams, but there I am beating him over the head with like, ‘Hey, I hear you’re f—ing your nanny?’ ” he recalled. “I could have had a great conversation, but I’m playing to the audience. They want to hear outrageousness, and that’s my arrogance thinking that Robin Williams can’t entertain my audience. How stupid am I?”
“I wasn’t rude with Robin Williams, but I asked some questions that perhaps went into areas that he had enough of,” he said on The Howard Stern Show at the time. “I think my whole demeanor and attitude was just s—y. I wasn’t trying to be mean to Robin Williams. I was just trying to be provocative and interesting for the audience, and doing what it is that I thought had to be done. And I was an immature a—hole. And so that always haunted me … and then I kind of filed it away and forgot about it.”
Howard Stern is no stranger to controversies as his interviews have often been expletive-laced and his rise to stardom was the gritty, R-rated talk show, The Howard Stern Show, which started back in 1986. He continued speaking about Robin Williams and how it turned out to be the biggest interview regret of his life. And what makes it even worse for Howard is that he couldn't apologize to the actor in 2014 during his interview, just one day after the actor died by suicide.
“This was a guy who should have been celebrated. You can only interview so many strippers,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. “[I] loved the idea that we’d go on the air and measure our penises or discuss vaginal secretions. Whatever it was, if it freaked you out, I loved it because, to me, it was not a big deal. But now I find it gross. And I’d feel really f—ing sh—y if I hadn’t evolved. I’d be completely out of step with the times.”
Meanwhile on May 10, 2017, Howard Stern decided to cancel his show for a day. Now, this came as a surprise for many because Howard is known for his reputation to never miss a day at work. He later revealed that he was in surgery to excise a growth on his kidney that his doctors told him had a 90% chance of being cancerous. Thankfully, Stern learned the growth was just a benign cyst and he is doing just fine now. You can read more about him in his new book that will hit the shelves on May 14.