Howard Stern thought his wife Beth Ostrosky Stern would find his crazy caller’s insinuations about her fidelity a real hoot. He was wrong.
Wednesday’s Howard Stern Show featured the first on-air awkwardness between Stern and his beaming bride Beth O since Dr. Keith Ablow gave them creepy (and unnecessary) relationship counseling back in 2007.
This week’s controversy centered around a photo Beth O retweeted of herself posed cheek-to-cheek with her Mom Caves co-host Jared Walker Dostie. When regular HSS caller “King of All Blacks” got on air Wednesday, he called the photo “disrespectful” to Howard. Stern smelled comedic potential and had his producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate get Beth on the line to join in the hilarity.
“It’s kind of intimate,” Stern said of the photo in the on air call. “I just saw it for the first time. And like, your faces are touching and your hands are all over him. It’s kind of weird. It’s kind of bumming me out.”
Beth sweetly and supportively replied:
“I totally understand where you’re coming from and I will be definitely more sensitive to that in future, and I will never tweet a picture like that again!”
But when the conversation continued, featuring King of All Blacks chastising the King of All Media’s Queen, Beth O was done:
“I have a nice relationship with Jared and you’re going to make it weird…Please don’t create something between us on the show. There’s nothing. It’s not like that. You know what sucks for him is that he’s an incredibly hot guy and that’s what I think is going on here.”
Stern let up on the bit, but Beth O had already hung up the phone. Baba Booey let the cast know the joke had officially been deemed not funny/not fun.
“She’s not happy,” said Booey. “I’m bummed that she’s very upset based on what somebody else said that wasn’t bothering you…VERY upset. She didn’t want to come on because she didn’t want to be yelled at by some guy…You may want to take a break to give her a call,” he told Howard.
When Stern returned from commercial break, he told listeners that the segment had been his idea of a joke and that he truly had no concerns about his wife being faithful:
“I don’t have a problem with anything Beth did. I thought it was actually kind of funny that King was making a big deal and I thought I’d include my wife in the discussion. Somewhere along the line it did not go well.”
Beth Stern deleted the photo from her Twitter page and it was scrubbed from Dostie’s page as well.
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