“My heart was so broken when he was fighting with me,” she told viewers.
The bad blood started boiling March 13, when the 54-year-old talk show host said on her show that she thought the shock jock had become “so Hollywood,” as his new book Howard Stern Comes Again, which hits shelves May 14, features some of his favorite interviews throughout his crazy career.
“Howard, I love you, but since you’ve gone Hollywood, everything you say is so predictable,” she said at the time. “Every story is going to be about, ‘Oh, I love this one, and then we went on their yacht.’ He’s a Hollywood insider, which sucks. … But at some point, you sat behind the microphone for too long and now you are the people. It hurts.”
Stern in return ripped her apart in an expletive-filled tirade on his eponymous SiriusXM radio show.
“Jealous b—ch. You are nobody to me!” he angrily declared. “You’ll never be me, Wendy. You’ll never be me. You can pretend to be me, you can pretend to be like me, but you’re not. You don’t have my wit and you don’t have my talent.”
“Worry about your husband, not me,” Stern continued, getting personal by bringing up her messy divorce and then her health issues. “F—k you and your dumb show and your mystery illness. She disappears for two months, nobody knows why, and now she’s questioning me?! … I never fainted on my show either.”
Stern later apologized in a cover story with The Hollywood Reporter. “That was me at my worst,” he confessed. “I thought she was saying that I was a piece of s—t and I sucked. But as [I hear it] now, I don’t see it as an offense at all. If ‘Hollywood’ means that I’ve evolved in some way and the show has changed, then yeah, she hit the nail on the head.”
Williams, who filed for divorce in April after 21 years of marriage and rumors that her husband had not only cheated but recently fathered a love child, explained on the May 13th show that she had seen Stern’s apology.
“Howard, you know what? If you never apologized to me in your life, you would still be one of the most influential people shaping my career!” she gushed. “And the idea that you apologized … and then in this article, in Hollywood Reporter, he goes on to say, you know, that he loves me. I forget how he put it — he loves me, I might’ve seen something in him that maybe he didn’t see, or something like that, and that he’s kind of embarrassed by ripping me on the air so he’s pulled that from the archives. You will never hear that on repeat. I love him.”