He’s Baaaack-Ack

July 26, 2011
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Late in the show, Johnny Fratto called in and said Eric the Midget was on the line with him: “I’m here.” Howard said he always knew Eric would come back: “I just want an apology because I was right. Remember when you said to me, ‘There’s no way I’m returning to the show’?” Eric said he wasn’t technically back: “I’m not! Johnny called in. I’m on the phone with Johnny. I didn’t dial the number myself.” Robin laughed at Eric’s logic: “Have you missed us?” Eric snapped (“Not a damn bit.”) but later admitted he’d missed Howard: “You, yourself, maybe a little. The abuse I get from the fans and shit like that, I don’t miss that one bit. Or the hours I’m left on hold either.” Of course, Eric’s motivation soon became clear–he asked to be the show’s red carpet correspondent at “The Smurfs” premiere: “I used to collect them as a kid.” As they wound up their conversation, Howard, Eric and Johnny agreed to negotiate Eric’s full return to the show later this week.