Howard Stern prefers to be unedited.
The King of All Media felt like a “rotting fish” after his speech at Bon Jovi‘s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was edited for time.
“I wasn’t there talking about my career. I spent a lot of time on that and they spent three minutes deciding what should be in and out,” Stern, 64, fumed on his show Monday morning, adding, “They completely gutted me. Like a rotting fish, which I am. That’s how I feel inside.”
“I really crafted my words, I wanted to make people laugh. I wanted to have a good time, so some editor could determine if I was funny in places? They were probably like, ‘Hey, that’s a funny joke, but we gotta cut somewhere.’ No, you don’t have to cut somewhere,” he said.
Stern was particularly incensed that Rock Foundation co-founders Jann Wenner and Irving Azoff begged him to be there and flew him out on a private jet to make the occasion, only to cut his speech down by 15 minutes for the broadcast, noting that he never said anything cruel or insulting about the band.
“I did that for Jon [Bon Jovi] and Richie [Sambora] and David [Bryan] because I’ve known them for so long and I couldn’t say no,” Stern said. “And I’m glad I went … but watching it back was painful because I didn’t like being edited … Who is the f—king genius who decided to cut me talking about the women Richie Sambora banged?”
“I want to know the comedy genius [who did this]. I’ve sat in on these sessions. It’s kind of like, ‘Yeah, cut that!’ It’s like a butcher shop. ‘Cut the fat off!’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, well we gotta cut something,’” he seethed. “No, you don’t! If something’s good, you don’t cut it!”
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