When Hanzi explained to the King of All Media that Lange and Melendez “didn’t badmouth” him, but made references to his overhauled, PC image.
“I know, I hear that all the time that I’m PC, that I’m politically correct,” Stern said. “All right I’m politically correct, what can I tell you?”
“People go nuts because I’m on America’s Got Talent and that’s my sellout moment,” he said. “Or if I have a reasonable conversation with the guest, I’m a sellout. Or if I don’t do some bit I did 20 years ago, I’m a sellout.”
Later Howard went on to address the Artie situation once more. “Artie is a terrific guy, we love Artie, Artie’s a talent but what you’re attempting to do is rile me up. I know what you’re doing, I told you. Artie is terrific, We love Artie, what do you want me to do? You want me to jump up or down or something, what?”
“How many times are you going to call in or tweet me and ask me about Artie?”