Early in the show, Howard said he wasn't sure what Kevin's Smith's problem was: "[The] guy's a weird guy."
Howard said Kevin's publicist used to call a lot to book him on the show, but Howard thought that Kevin--like any other guest--should only come by once in a while. And he said so on-air: "I said, 'Gee, Kevin's publicist is calling a lot'....and he took it as a big insult that I would announce this."
But Kevin was never banned from the show: "He's the one who stopped coming on our show." Howard said Kevin actually called last week and said he was ready to come back--but was only available this Wednesday. Breuer was already booked, so Gary turned him down. Howard said it wasn't personal: "I'm not in a feud with Kevin. I don't know Kevin all that well."
Howard said he wasn't sure he'd have Kevin on anyway: "I don't think it's all that interesting to the audience that Kevin hasn't been on the show in some years because he decided not to come on. And quite frankly, I don't even know what he's up to. I'm not aware of him all that much."
Howard also said he heard Kevin was going around saying Howard was a bully: "How did I bully this guy?"
Howard played a clip of Kevin talking about his 'feud' with Howard on the Joy Behar Show. After Joy asked, Kevin said he'd been hurt by Howard's comment about his annoying publicist: "That broke my heart."
Gary read from Jason's transcript, saying Howard also had said: "Kevin is no M. Night Shyamalan."
Howard laughed: "Actually, now he is."