Adam Sandler and Howard Stern buried the antagonism this week, and Sandler gave Stern the kind of long and revealing interview Howard Stern Show fans have come to love and expect. (Stern has been repeatedly called the best interviewer in the business.) Stern cleared the air for Sandler’s candor by admitting he’d been a “huge a– hole” to the Ridiculous 6 star in the past.
Stern is great at getting the origin stories of stars, and then admissions about the conflicts they’ve faced. Sandler was fired from SNL — probably the best thing that ever happened to him, considering his box office gross since. But at the time he admits his act was considered “sophomoric” and that’s why he was axed in 1995. (Before the Internet revealed sophomoric is king!) Part of the Sandler origin success story involved his beloved friend, the late Chris Farley. Sandler falls in with lots of other performers who’ve called Farley an all-around generous, if troubled, man. In the SNL writers room, a notoriously tough, competitive place, Farley used to “give fake laughs for you if your skit was bombing. He’d laugh really hard,” Sander told Stern.