Howard Stern has revealed for the first time why he really cancelled May 10, 2017’s show.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Howard uncovered the shocking truth behind taking a day off his show in 2017; telling his audience it was due to having the flu, also asking the question, “Why is it such a big deal that I took a f****** day off? — leaving his listeners with the belief that he was at home suffering with the flu.
In actual fact, he was being wheeled down a corridor into surgery to remove a growth on his kidney that had a 90% chance of being cancerous. Telling only his “inner circle” of the worrying discovering, which included Robin Quivers, a survivor of cancer herself, alongside his wife, Beth, and three daughters; all whilst thinking, “I’m going to die,”
Post-surgery, Howard was then told the good news. The potentially cancerous growth on his kidney was simply a “harmless cyst.”
Following this cancer-scare, Howard admits he took a good look at his years of fame and fortune, and ultimately feels “sick” at the path he once walked; now he’s in a place where he is trying to figure out how to spend the rest of his life, “however long that might be,” which involves him considering whether retiring is an option once his reported $90 million-per-year contract with SiriusXM ends in 2020.
He regrets a lot of his interviews from the 1990s and one, in particular, was that of Robin Williams, he explained, “I loved Robin Williams, but there I am beating him over the head with, like, ‘Hey, I hear you’re fucking your nanny?’ 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?”