Eric the Actor Immortalized by New York Times

Wack Packer is a clue in the crossword section of the iconic newspaper

January 21, 2010
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Steve Langford reported that Eric the Actor was a clue in a recent New York Times crossword puzzle, so Eric called in.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” he said. “I’m sure that’s a really big deal.”

Howard thought it proved that Eric should embrace his moniker “the Midget” and not run from it. But Eric refused: “No. I do not. I don’t care what publication it gets into. I’m not embracing that nickname. Ever!”

Eric then said his “American Idol” commentary show was back up and running: “All technical difficulties have been fixed.”

JD came in to say he didn’t want to record and pull clips from the often-horrible and pause-ridden show, and Howard relented: “I don’t want you coming in here at night. You had a nervous breakdown in my opinion.”

Howard then asked Medicated Pete to record Eric’s Idol show – Pete agreed: “Of course.”