Howard Stern & Ryan Seacrest Discuss ‘American Idol’ Judges, Marriage & Manicures [AUDIO]

May 14, 2012 7:07 am

Howard Stern called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Monday morning to talk about tonight’s premiere of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC at 8/7c.

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Howard Comments On “American Idol” Judges
Howard challenges, “I feel that you guys brought in on ‘American Idol’ Jimmy Iovine because you needed someone to be more critical. That J Lo, Steven, and Randy aren’t really being too tough.” Later Howard comments, “You’re doing a disservice to the contestants if your not going to be honest with them!”

Howard’s Father Judges On ‘America’s Got Talent’:
“There’s one audition we had when my father was in the audience. My father use to yell at me all the time about my radio career. So I brought my father up on stage to yell at the guy auditioning because he had no business in show business, and my father gave him a lecture.” Does Howard still seek parental approval? “Absolutely. I’m 58 years old and I’m still waiting for my father to approve of me. It’s awful that I live my life like that, but that’s one of the things that drives me.”

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How Long Will Howard Agree To Be On “America’s Got Talent?”
“I don’t know. I’m trying it out this year, and I want to see if America likes it then…you know… it would influence me. I have a year deal, and an informal thing if I come back a second year.”

One Thing Howard Hates About Being On Television:
“One of the things that I hate about being on this new television show is that I don’t like the way I look. I’m not a handsome guy like Ryan. So I feel bad for the ladies that have to look at me, but I’m going to make up for it in being a wonderful judge.”

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Howard Runs Over Howie’s Mother
Howard jokes, “We were in an elevator in an old theater. Howie Mandell’s mother is in there with us so it’s a packed elevator. I literally ran over her to get out. You know on the Titanic they ask ‘If you were on the Titanic would you let the women and children go first?’ I know I wouldn’t! I ran right over Mrs. Mandell! Howie goes, ‘Oh my god, you ran over my mother!’ I said, ‘Hey she’s slow, and I want to get out of here! My life’s very important, and she’s lived a full life!’”

Howard Answers If Marriage Can Last A Lifetime:
“You want to know something I would have said ‘No’, because I know too many couples who get married and then the magic always fizzles.” How long do you have to live with each other before you get married? “Minimum of 5 years,” insists Howard.

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Does Howard Really Get Manicures?
“When I would make love to my wife, and I know that’s a disgusting thought to think about, she would complain about my nails that they were rough and they would cut her, and I can’t cut my nails. I don’t know why, but I’m just so bad at it. I went with her one day and I said, “ I want to get a manicure and I let them cut my toenails too.” I had it done, and now I go every week. But the shiny-buff I feel is too shiny. It looks too feminine.”

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“I hope so… we haven’t even discussed it. I will host it this year on ABC, but we haven’t discussed anything beyond that.”

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Howard defended Ryan against Sasha saying, “I told him I thought it was mean when he dumped the stuff on you [Ryan].” But was Ryan upset? “I wasn’t really upset. Nothing really upsets me when I’m on the air…” said Ryan.


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