Stern in late August called Leno, against whom he has long harbored negative feelings, a “spineless maggot,” and said he didn’t care if NBC took away his job as a judge on America’s Got Talent. When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Stern at Sunday’s Hollywood in the Hamptons screening of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the radio legend said he has not spoken with Leno since the incident.
“No, not from Jay. You know, I know you’re teasing,” Stern said. “Jay and I don’t see eye-to-eye on things, and it’s always going to be that way.”
Perhaps more important than his relationship with Leno is his standing with NBC, and Stern clarified some rumors that cropped up after he said he received some threats from the network.
“No no,” he said, when asked if he had heard from NBC. “The papers had it wrong; what I was saying is that they sent me a nasty note. Nobody threatened my job or anything like that. When I get my back up against the wall, I just keep talking more. It’s best to leave me alone. I’m like a snake; if you touch me, I bite.”