Before he left, John introduced his girlfriend, Erica, noting that she was 20 years his junior. Howard wondered if Erica would like John to propose in-studio, so she laughed: "No. It has to be right." But John seemed to be inspired by the perfect storm and went for it anyway: "You know I love you. And you know we're going to be married some day, right? And you're always by my side. In the worst of times, she's by my side. Erica, will you marry me?" Erica said yes: "I will."