As Jay Thomas came into the studio, Howard pointed out that a recent statement he had made about himself – namely, that he thought he was "a has been" – bothered him.
Jay admitted he wished he hadn't said what he did, but explained he was merely talking about how he was no longer on television. Jay noted he was close to signing a production deal with David Letterman's company, Worldwide Pants, a number of years ago, but that was nixed because certain CBS executives didn't consider him a big enough star to carry his own sitcom. Given this, Jay added he made a subsequent television deal with the WB, although it was short-lived because it made him miss radio.
Jay acknowledged he was hurt he that Dave didn't tell him right away that his television pilot with him wasn't going to air, but also said that Dave did, in fact, end up getting in touch with him about the topic.
This led Howard to say Dave used to call him privately from time to time, but that stopped when he started playing their conversations on the air.
Jay mentioned he still went on acting auditions, and that he couldn't get any roles based solely on his past credentials like "Cheers" and "Murphy Brown," which he admitted he didn't understand. Jay went on to say he was willing to audition for any part he could get, noting one at Nickelodeon was particularly demeaning. Jay added he used to lie to producers claiming he had production deals in the works, but that he was so desperate for acting jobs that he has even stopped doing that.
Jay said he had resorted to signing pictures of himself for $25, which he'll be doing at the Burbank airport next weekend. When Gary pointed out Jay had to bring a hundred dollars in tens "to make change for the has-been convention," Jay spit out the water he was drinking because started laughing. Jay also acknowledged there was a chance no one would want to pay for his signature, but said his time on "Mork and Mindy" and "Mr. Holland's Opus," in addition to what he did on "Cheers" and "Murphy Brown," might attract some fans. Jay proceeded to say one of the reasons he felt he had a hard time getting an acting job was because he hosted his own SIRIUS show from 2-5 p.m. on Stars 102, which he explained would cut into his free time.