Howard commented that one of the topics on last night's "Super Fan Roundtable" was the salary of everyone on the show. Howard acknowledged that he's constantly shocked when he reads in the paper and magazines how much money he allegedly has, adding that he wished the actual figure was anywhere near the projections.
Although Gary pointed out that Howard was supposed to have received $500 million from his SIRIUS deal alone, Artie guessed that he's worth closer to $100 million. However, Howard claimed that even that guess was high.
Howard proceeded to play the tape about salaries from last night's "Roundtable."
While the panel came to the consensus that Robin earns between $2 and $5 million a year, there was some debate as to how much Fred makes. Some members of the group felt that Fred's salary is between $500,000-$750,000, but Ralph believed he makes more than $1 million.
Following the clip, Fred pointed out that he's going to fire his agent and hire Ralph if he actually thinks he's bringing in as much as he suggested. When the discussion turned to Artie, the guesses were similar to what they were for Fred.
However, Artie admitted that the figures the panelists were quoting were more than he makes as well. Artie went on to reveal approximately what his contract at KROCK pays him, adding that DVD sales, development deals and standup performances almost triple his take home. Artie then mentioned that the show is a comic's dream come true, and that if he agreed to work more weekends, he could make three times the amount of money he already does.
No Laughing Matter
Since they were talking about Artie's salary, Tom came into the studio and reminded everyone just how much Jackie Martling turned down when he left the show. Tom explained that not only was Jackie offered more money than Artie makes, but that he was given two guaranteed plugs on the show every day.
Howard pointed out that he doesn't know what anyone on the show earns, but admitted that Tom did tell him how much money Jackie passed up, and that he fell on the floor when heard the amount. Howard went on to say that earning money in radio is difficult, and that Jackie couldn't have been presented with a more lucrative deal, especially because it was guaranteed money over a certain number of years.
The Lange & Booey Show
Artie announced that he had to get something off his chest that had been bothering him for a while, and informed Howard that he was approached in July to replace him in Philadelphia. Artie noted that no concrete offer was made, but that his manager said the station was willing to pay him $5-10 million if they could work out a deal. However, Artie reported that he refused to discuss the topic because he knew from the start that he wasn't interested.
Gary then commented that he, too, was called by people in Los Angeles about possibly replacing Howard there with a show featuring both him and Artie.
Howard responded telling Artie and Gary that their commitment to him demonstrated tremendous loyalty and that he was truly moved by it. Howard went on to note that one of the aspects he likes most about their move to SIRIUS is that the entire team will be kept together, which, he said, was an important part in his decision-making process when it came to signing a satellite deal.
After the bombshell was revealed, Robin told Artie that he could've used that piece of information for the cliffhanger show and that it would've been more than acceptable.