OUT OF THE CLOSET STERN

OUT OF THE CLOSET STERN

Gary explained the next WNBC clip, Out of the Closet Stern, as a bit when Howard acted like a homosexual while interviewing people usually on the phone, although the clip today was of an in-studio conversation with Elvis Costello. In the segment, Howard kept referring to Elvis as a “she” before asking if he’d ever had a homosexual affair, which he said he hadn’t.
When the clip was done, Ralph noted it must’ve been “awkward” in the studio that day because of the way Howard kept referring to Elvis as a woman, while Jon pointed out how much dead air there was during the tape because of how shocked Elvis was by Howard’s behavior. Gary then reported how Howard used to break out of character when interviews were interrupted by commercials, but, as soon as they were back on the air, he’d go right back into character.
Jon took a call from a record executive named Jimmy, who was the person responsible for getting Elvis booked on the show that afternoon. Jimmy went on to recall that Howard was relatively unknown at the time, so he used to tell his clients to be prepared for anything when they appeared on his show. Jimmy added that Elvis was one of the smartest people he knew and had a great sense of humor, but still didn’t know how to react to Out of the Closet Stern.
After playing a clip of Howard asking George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!, also clients of Jimmy’s, if they were gay despite being warned not to do so, Jimmy recalled not wanting to bring another of his clients, Billy Joel, onto the show because he had just started dating Christie Brinkley at the time, and he didn’t want Howard bringing it up on the air.