Bob Guccione R.I.P.

October 21, 2010
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Howard mourned the passing of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione by remembering his first encounter with the magazine: “Penthouse was like, ‘Whoa! You’re seeing vagina! Now we’re talking!’ That was a big deal.”

Howard noted that Bob’s fortune was once estimated at over $400 million, a fortune he used to fund ‘Caligula’ in the 70s: “That was absolutely insane…it was the world’s most expensive porno movie. And he even got great actors to be in it.”

Howard also noted Bob’s role in Omni and Spin magazines, as well as Penthouse Forum, a spinoff periodical devoted to Penthouse’s most popular column.

Howard said his interest in Penthouse Forum’s sexy letters and fantasy stories surprised even himself: “I’m more like a chick in that sense–in that I beat off more to literature than pictures.”