Howard brought up that not only is all the work he's doing on his SIRIUS and iNDEMAND endeavors starting to get to him, but the amount of publicity he's currently involved in is taking its toll as well.
Since he was on the subject, Howard mentioned that he got an advanced copy of the "Esquire" edition that features him on the cover and that he loved the article because the writer essentially just transcribed everything he said.
However, Howard went on to say that he wasn't feeling quite as optimistic about the "60 Minutes" piece about him that airs this Sunday.
Howard explained that yesterday he watched a segment of what will air on the "60 Minutes" broadcast, and proceeded to play the clip.
In it, Ed Bradley asked Howard why he once wished cancer on former FCC Chairman, Al Sikes. Howard responded by asking Ed if he had ever wished death upon someone, which Ed claimed he may have done only when he was a child.
Howard then told Ed that he wasn't sorry for making the remark, but that it didn't necessarily mean he'd say the same thing now. Howard went on to say on the tape that his willingness to say whatever's on his mind has always been a major part of the show, and that the cancer comment was no different.
If Only He Could Go Back
After playing the clip, Howard said he lied in bed last night thinking about how he should've answered that particular question. Howard commented that if he had it to do over again, he would've first asked Ed if he didn't wish death upon people like Osama bin Laden or Hitler, hoping to prove that he wasn't being entirely truthful with his answer.
Howard also noted that he would've gotten into the history of his battle with Al Sikes, and how he spent a good portion of his career with the FCC trying to take away his right to free speech, which was a key point that Howard regretted not addressing.
Howard said he then would've reminded Ed that Lenny Bruce took his own life because of the way the government went after him, but would've added that he has chosen not to give in like that, and instead fight back.
Howard noted that he was originally mad at Ed after his first interview because, of the three they did together, it was the only bad one. However, Howard said that once he thought about it, he realized that he was actually upset with himself for not being on top of his game, and had no problems with Ed.
To make matters worse, Howard revealed that The Howard 100 News is planning to do an evaluation of his performance on "60 Minutes" right after the program airs on Sunday.
Despite Howard's fear of what the people on The News will have to say about him, Robin pointed out that was one burden he brought on himself by creating the news team in the first place.
Better Than He Thought
Gary announced to Howard that Ed appeared on "The Early Show" this morning to discuss the "60 Minutes" piece, an interview which Howard played.
During the tape, Ed praised Howard for his intelligence and sense of humor, while also noting that he had an unexpected soft side to him.
A portion of the "60 Minutes" piece that focused on Howard's relationship with his parents while growing up was then played and Howard admitted that it made him feel optimistic about the entire process.
In fact, Howard added that the latest clip relieved him to such an extent that his rash instantaneously went away.
Football Decides Howard's Fate
Ruth Streeter, the "60 Minutes" producer who worked closely with Howard throughout the interviewing process, called in to assure him that he shouldn't be worried about the report he'll see.
With Ruth's permission, Gary then revealed that if the football game that precedes this Sunday's "60 Minutes" runs past 7 p.m., a longer piece about Howard will air as opposed to the one that will broadcast if the game finishes on time.
Gary added this is the first instance in the show's history that two different versions of the same broadcast are set to go.
Although Howard said he will pray that the game before "60 Minutes" ends on time, Ruth told him she hopes they get to run the longer piece.