Howard Simulcasts on 'the Early Show'

Howard honored an interview request from CBS 'The Early Show,' as they wanted to talk to him about the late night TV shake-up.

When the program's co-anchor, Harry Smith, finally opened up the feed, Howard went off: "Just the mere mention of Jay Leno's name makes me want to vomit."

Howard also shrugged off rumors he'd return to terrestrial radio: "I don't miss free radio at all." Harry asked if Howard planned to replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol,' so Howard repeated that he would--if they paid him $100 million: "For four months work judging a karaoke contest, Harry? Even you would take that."

Harry ended the interview (as planned) just four and a half minutes after it started, but Howard was unsatisfied: "They should've let me go longer. Letterman must be [happy] after what I said."

The Simulcast's Aftermath

Gary said the CBS producer on-site had left in a hurry after the interview: "I think he got some weird calls from his bosses. He looked kinda shell-shocked when he left."

Jeff the Drunk phoned in a review: "You did good. You didn't swear. I'm so proud of you."

Howard was appreciative: "One thing Jeff the Drunk does is watch TV all day. So if anybody knows if something's entertaining, it's anyone ever proud of you?"

Jeff said yes, so Robin laughed: "Who? When?" Jeff replied that his mother was always proud of him.

Howard also took a congratulatory phone call from his sister, Ellen, and Ralph came in to fawn: "You looked very handsome and you were very funny."

Howard said he hoped Letterman liked the appearance: "I do feel an allegiance to him."

Fred later reported that he'd gotten an alarming e-mail ("They cut off a significant part--the last part--of the interview.").

However, JD checked the tape and reported that they cut away at the last moment, missing the Reba McIntyre joke Howard had made.