During Robin's first news story, Howard announced John Stamos was making a surprise appearance on the show, and he came in with a special guest of his own, Don Rickles, who got a standing ovation.
Howard, who referred to Don as Mr. Rickles, asked him if he felt like he was at "a low point" in his life when he starred alongside Artie in "Dirty Work" years ago, but Don responded that wasn't the lowest point and that this morning, being on the show, won the distinction.
Don went on to explain he was friends with John because of the number of women who approached him on a regular basis, which led Howard to say that he'd read Don always had trouble with women, which Don admitted was true. Don then said that, when he was in school, he used to make girls laugh, but none of them would date him because they were afraid of what he'd say about them.
Artie mentioned that "the highlight" of his career was working with Don in "Dirty Work," and added that he insulted everyone involved with the movie including the script. Howard then asked if Don was "depressed" that so many of his friends – like Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson – were dead, but he claimed it didn't bother him.
Howard proceeded to tell Don that he was one of the biggest influences on his career, and Don thanked him for his kind words. Don then remembered the time he had dinner with David Letterman, and that Dave arranged for the get together to take place in the basement of a restaurant. Upon hearing that, Howard wondered why people like Johnny Carson and Dave were so reclusive, and Don said he felt it was just who they were.
Although Howard said he wanted more time to talk to Don, Don mentioned he had to go because he was tired, adding he spent part of yesterday being on "Late Show with David Letterman" and this morning on "Live with Regis and Kelly." However, Don invited Howard to dinner the next time he performed in Atlantic City – an invitation Howard accepted – and promised he'd stop by the show again during one of his upcoming visits to New York.As Howard was ending the show, he noticed one of his former writers who is now a television producer, Mark Cronin, was in the hall, so he had him and his girlfriend, Payton, into the studio. Mark brought up that a new season of "The Surreal Life" just wrapped up filming, and Howard told him that he'd talk to him more off the air.