Howard explained his intent to Ray: "I'm trying to save some other poor bastard from this...It was bizarre. You should have known better. For shame! I denounce my Bar Mitzvah." Howard cited the biggest cost was his personal life: "My girlfriend left me. Irene. You remember Irene? With the big tits?" Howard blamed Irene's flight on the "sacred" song he had to sing in Hebrew at his Bar Mitzvah: "You know what that song's good for? Attracting Arab terrorists."