Howard Stern‘s A-list aspirations, posh Hamptons lifestyle, celebrity wife, and the loss of his ace writer, have morphed the legendary radio personality into the exact person he once ridiculed, a disgruntled fan named Vashier wrote in an open letter to the King of All Media Sunday.
The letter capped off a week in which Stern’s haters railed back at the America’s Got Talent judge after he said he had someone investigating who’s been sending him and his wife, model Beth Ostrosky, offensive tweets that amount to cyber bullying.
Vashier said one of the reasons posters routinely rain insults on Stern’s second wife is because of his efforts to boost her q-rating, as he’s given ample airtime to discuss and promote her animal activism projects.
He wrote, “If you hadn’t forced your wife, who … ‘Doesn’t want to be famous,’ down our throats every day, she would have become [accepted by fans]. You made us hate her. Be sure to point that out the next time you feel the need to complain [about] her treatment.”
Stern’s “new-found love of the lifestyles of the rich and famous” has also alienated longtime listeners, Vashier said, noting his 90s appeal, relative to the pop culture zeitgeist, was because he didn’t want “to be in the in crowd,” with mildly-famous pals such as Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snyder and Mountain rocker Leslie West.
“Very cool, good people but not a-list by any means,” he wrote. “Now it’s all about the Hamptons and the [Jimmy] Kimmel Parties where every A-lister can’t wait to rub elbows with you and Beth!”
Vashier pointed to Stern’s star-studded 2008 wedding, held at New York’s Le Cirque. There, the Butt Bongo ringleader was married by Mark Consuelos, and had a guest list boasting the likes of Barbara Walters, Billy Joel, Donald Trump, and Chevy Chase, who he famously — and viciously — feuded with in the early 90s.
Conspicuous by his absence from the affair, was Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling, the Long Island comedian by Stern’s side throughout his ascent into the radio record books, before leaving in 2001 after an ongoing salary dispute.
Vashier said that the gap left by the cackling joke writer (and subsequently, his successor Artie Lange), began a “downward spiral” the show has yet to rebound from, adding, “Jackie is who made you funny Howard, just admit that much, PLEASE?” (While Martling and Stern remain amicable — Martling hosts Joke Hunt, a weekly show on Stern’s Sirius channel — Stern declined to bring back the Jokeman after he reached out to return months after Lange’s 2010 departure.)
Vashier wrote that Stern has essentially mailed it in over the past few years, recycling old bits and working a lightened Monday thru Wednesday schedule.
“You finally had everything you ever dreamed of in radio. A studio all your own to do with as you pleased. No FCC over your shoulder. What do you give us? … The real reason why you think [some fans] have declared war on you,” Vashier addressed to Stern, was because he does not “entertain us anymore, so we entertain ourselves in the same fashion that you taught us. We have only been filling in the days you do not make us laugh.”
Vashier — referencing a line from a profane Stern rant about urinating on his disgruntled listeners — wrote that if the show had its’ former Mojo, “people wouldn’t have had to take making us laugh into their own hands.
“Yes that is the real reason why we make the photoshops … and we point out your hypocrisy,” he wrote. “You just aren’t the funny person we thought you were, we guess.”
The letter was posted on Dawg’s Saloon, the Stern-based message board that functions as a hub for the segment of Stern’s fans-turned-haters who continually pummel the Private Parts star and his wife with insults and disparaging photoshops/memes via Twitter.
Having had enough of the abuse, Stern earlier this month addressed his cyberbullies on his radio show, saying he had someone investigating who’s at the other end of the screen.
“I got a guy now who’s finding out the real names and the occupations of what the people do who bully me,” the 59-year-old said. “I’m kind of a fighter, so — there’s this one dude, 36-years-old from California. There’s a couple of others: I’m just gonna learn about them and find out what makes them tick, and what they do. I’m all about that. Ill go to war with anyone, I’m a warrior — let’s do it.”
The Howard Stern Show airs on SiriusXM.