Star’s advice to Ellen: ‘Be a pr**k!’
Well, it's worked for him!
Howard Stern has weighed in on Ellen DeGeneres' seeming fall from grace, saying that if he were in the talk show host's shoes, he would "change (his) whole image".
"I'd go on the air and be a son of a b**ch," he said on SiriusXM's Howard Stern Show.
"People would come on and (I would) go, 'F**k you.' Just be a pr**k."
Stern continued, "So you think I'm a pr**k? I'm going to show you exactly … I'm known on the air as a pr**k, but off the air, I'm known as a great guy, you know, for the most part."
Stern, 65, and DeGeneres, 62, have been friends for some time - he even remarried his wife Beth on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2019 - and he made his "rebranding" suggestion with the caveat that he thinks DeGeneres should try and work things out with her staff first.
Stern, who mentioned that he's been working from his Hamptons home during the pandemic, said that he counts among his staffers a writer who's been late to work "900 times" without recrimination and that the brouhaha over the culture at Ellen has moved him to re-evaluate his own show.
"You know who's abused in my workplace?" he asked. "Me."
Whether DeGeneres intends on following Stern's advice when she returns to work on August 24 for Ellen's Game of Games remains to be seen. Insiders say either way, she has no intention of quitting, despite the avalanche of bad publicity - and concurrent ratings drop - she's faced since a March Twitter thread began a pile-on by former staffers accusing her of creating a toxic workplace environment.
While several celebrities, including Kevin Hart and Katy Perry, have offered support to DeGeneres, it's done little to stem the flow of anecdotes about her allegedly nasty streak, including one by a Louisiana man who claimed DeGeneres bullied him as an 11-year-old when she worked at his mother New Orleans staffing agency early in her career.
This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Star's advice to Ellen: 'Be a pr**k!'