Howard thought that, like Merv, Richard was bisexual, and given the proper circumstances, Richard would probably take part in a gay sex act. Richard came in to deny Howard's claims, saying that even though he'd "touched tongues" with Joey Boots, he'd never suck cock, adding that he "could never put his dong inside another guy." Howard insisted that even being open to performing gay stunts for laughs was a red flag.
Richard claimed that being open to a kind of humor doesn't mean he's open to actual gay sex acts. Howard replied by playing the infamous answering machine message Richard left for Will (in which a very drunk Richard pisses on the street "for Will" and jokes that Will wants to lick his balls). Howard wondered what would happen if Richard went to jail, so Richard explained that he'd do everything in his power to avoid doing anything gay.