Howard soberly announced that Robin would not be in today--she's having a surgical procedure: "Doing a show without Robin is like cutting off my left arm or my right arm or maybe both. Robin and I have been doing the show for over 35 years. Robin is an amazing woman. I don't talk about Robin enough because, you know, you're doing a show and you don't want to get all serious and sappy. But Robin has been one of the--maybe the most spectacular influence in my life." Howard recalled the first time they spoke: "We made a connection. It was instantaneous. I said, 'I could do anything with this woman. I know it could work.' This was a 15 minute conversation--if that. … Within 5 minutes, I knew this was the woman I wanted to spend my career with. I was in love with her from the first conversation." Their chemistry was miraculous: "Needle in a haystack? You have better odds with a needle in a haystack."
At certain points, Howard almost lost it: "She was my backbone, you understand. Where I would lose courage, Robin always had the courage. She always is the brave one. Always the brave one with me. I could go to her, and I could always rely on her." Before moving on, Howard hoped for a speedy recovery: "She is the person I need to work with. She is perfect. She's perfection on the radio."