Howard Stern doesn't just mention the 800-pound elephant in the room, he throws a saddle on it.
The 55-year-old said he felt pressure to have a memorable appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman "in light of what's going on" in late night television.
"This Conan O'Brien took over the Leno show, you heard about this," Stern said, to which Letterman replied, "Yes I did -- I got a wire."
Letterman tried to change the subject, but to no avail.
"We gotta beat this Conan," Stern said, citing his longtime loyalty to Letterman, who has had the controversial New York disc jockey on his show dating back before Stern show was nationally broadcast.
"I didn't like Jay, I never liked Jay, I can't stand Jay," Stern said, calling Leno "a robot." "Where's the emotion? Where's the humanity? Here's the guy we want to watch!"