Nailing Howard Stern‘s unique physical persona with a swift exaggerated comedic sketch “6-foot-12 and 104 pounds,” Jimmy Kimmel — the world’s #1 Stern fan — just crushes his Stern crush for The Hollywood Reporter. Editors have always gone mad with joy when perfectly pairing writers and subjects — and you can almost hear THR’s editors rubbing their hands together with satisfaction and delight for having nabbed Kimmel to praise Stern. (It’s part of THR’s “Most Powerful People in New York” list.) If Kimmel has a role model, it’s Howard.
After delivering a list of familiar names like Maddow and Stewart, Kimmel calls Stern that “rare broadcaster with integrity.” While that may come as a startling characterization to some, Stern fits the bill. (See: Howard Stern Won’t “Betray” Trump With Goldmine Tapes.) Kimmel points out that Stern’s authenticity is boosted by his medium, the “FCC-free forum” of satellite radio. (Stern is credited with nearly single-handedly forcing the merger of Sirius and XM and creating the powerhouse SiriusXM that dominates satellite today.) What Kimmel mainly salutes is Stern’s honesty, and the longevity it has afforded him. Once something of an curio and pariah, Stern these days is a can’t-miss stop for any A-lister with something to promote, from Louie CK to Lena Dunham. “I’ve heard Howard’s voice more than that of any other human being, my mother’s included. I’m not alone,” Kimmel writes. Stern sure carries a lot of weight for a 104-pound guy.