Todd Phillips called in to promote his latest film, "The Hangover," and Howard asked him what "creative differences" caused him to leave "Borat." Todd confessed that he'd championed a flawed approach to the film: "It wasn't like a fight or anything like that. It wasn't working because what Sasha does so well is make people uncomfortable...I stepped aside because we weren't getting the movie done right." Todd said he'd made "The Hangover" on the cheap for $30 million, which shocked Robin: "$30 million is cheap now?" Howard explained that it was when most summer blockbusters can cost between $100 and $200 million - and commended Todd for taking a percentage of the film's gross instead of a fee. Todd said the deal was more "technical" than Howard's implied: "I have a gambling problem...it was a big bet...I literally did it for free."
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Todd hoped Howard would watch "The Hangover": "I know it doesn't have Kate Hudson or Spiderman in it, so you're chances of seeing it are zero...[but] it's an R-rated comedy that's truly R-rated." Howard asked if Todd was reaping the benefits of his sudden success, and Todd confirmed he was single - but preferred not to date actresses: "Not really..." Todd also confessed to being a huge Artie fan: "I think Artie has brought this level of danger to your show and Joe Buck's show...[Artie's critics] are treating it like rap and Artie's playing jazz."