Howard Stern on Jay Leno and NBC: 'I'm Like a Snake... I Bite' (Video)
The shock jock spoke to THR about his rivalry with the "Tonight Show" host, as well as his first season on "America's Got Talent."
In case you're wondering, Howard Stern and Jay Leno have not kissed and made up
Stern in late August called Leno, against whom he has long harbored negative feelings, a "spineless maggot," and said he didn't care if NBC took away his job as a judge on America's Got Talent. When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Stern at Sunday's Hollywood in the Hamptons screening of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the radio legend said he has not spoken with Leno since the incident.
"No, not from Jay. You know, I know you’re teasing," Stern said. "Jay and I don’t see eye-to-eye on things, and it’s always going to be that way."
Perhaps more important than his relationship with Leno is his standing with NBC, and Stern clarified some rumors that cropped up after he said he received some threats from the network.
"No no," he said, when asked if he had heard from NBC. "The papers had it wrong; what I was saying is that they sent me a nasty note, but nobody threatened my job or anything like that. When I get my back up against the wall, I just keep talking more. It’s best to leave me alone. I’m like a snake; if you touch me, I bite."
Assuming he does not bite the hand that feeds him too hard, Stern has a decision to make: will he return to AGT?
"I don’t know, I’m making a decision now. I want to see what my schedule is going to be like," he told THR. "We’re trying to figure it out, to see what’s happening. But I tell you, it’s a lot of fun doing the show, and I’m inclined to do it again. I want to really figure out what these next three weeks are going to be like; it’s a little rough with my radio schedule."
Don't interpret that response as a lack of enthusiasm, though.
"The show is great. I mean, you’re finding talent; we have amazing talent this year," he continued. "I think these next couple of weeks are going to be just fabulous. There’s so many talented people on the show this year. I think this is their best season, and not because of me, but because of the talent."