When Adam Carolla came into the studio, Howard accused him of having had a face lift, but Adam denied it, adding he was sure Jimmy Kimmel would've told Howard about it if he had.
This led Howard to say he always thought he'd be good friends with Adam, but ended up befriending Jimmy instead. Howard went on to say he could tell something was different about Adam, noting he either had dyed his hair or lost weight, but Adam claimed the only reason he might've looked different was because he had to train to play the role of a boxer in his new movie, "The Hammer."
In fact, Adam added he used to be a boxing trainer, and that he was introduced to Jimmy, who was on the radio at the time in 1994, when he needed a boxing trainer to help him prepare for an on-air fight he was participating in against a custodian. Adam went on to say he hung out at Jimmy's studio for days to offer his training services to Jimmy's opponent, who he admitted he thought would win the fight, but ended up being asked to train Jimmy instead.
Adam further recalled that Jimmy did "nothing" he trained him to do during the fight, and lost the match as a result. Adam then recalled asking Jimmy how he thought he could get into radio, which was how his career in show business began. Howard proceeded to read Adam's career earnings, which started at $200 in 1980 when he worked at McDonald's, moved up to $316,000 in 1996 when he was just getting famous, and went to $1.2 million in 1999 thanks to "The Man Show" and "Loveline."
One Big Happy Family
Howard asked Adam if he was upset that Danny Bonaduce was brought in as a co-host on his radio show, and he responded he was okay with it as long as he still made money and was able to be as creative as he wanted. Adam went on to acknowledge his radio broadcast was still called "The Adam Carolla Show," but felt Danny that talked on the air much more than he did.
Adam then said the people who hired him to essentially replace Howard in LA promised he'd have a year to get his radio show going, but that they started pressuring him about his ratings just six weeks into his show. Adam went on to say he didn't like getting up every morning at 4:45, but that, whenever he wanted to go back to sleep, he just reminded himself that, if Artie was able to do it, "anyone" could do it.
Adam went on to say his program was starting "to show progress" before Danny joined, and predicted he could beat Danny in a boxing match if he they ever had one. Adam proceeded to note another reason he wasn't afraid of Danny beating him up was because Danny couldn't lift his leg given his habit of wearing cowboy boots and "skin-tight, women's bedazzled jeans."
Adam then said he thought much of Danny's toughness was "an act," explaining he was "business savvy" and knew what people expected of him in order to be entertained. Adam next addressed the Imus controversy, and said he had to be more careful on terrestrial radio because of it.
However, Adam also admitted he still said "horrible things" about all sorts of people on his show, and that he never truly meant any of the apologies he'd offered to various groups who were offended by his words in the past.
Give Him a Break
Howard brought up that Adam called him a few months ago to tell him about "The Hammer," and asked what his schedule was like when he was doing both the radio show and the film.
Adam responded that no one from one of his projects cared about the other, and he therefore had to work essentially all day in order to do both properly. Adam went on to say "The Hammer" cost $850,000 to make, and that he felt people would compare it to "Private Parts" because they wouldn't expect it to have been made by someone like him. Adam then reported the movie hadn't yet found a distributor, so he needed people to "laugh their asses off" at all the screenings.