Following criticism of being a Scrooge in a New York Post article last week, Howard Stern basically confirmed it with his response, telling his radio audience he doesn’t care.
“The New York Post wrote an article that I’m a scumbag,” Stern said on Tuesday. “I swear to you, I don’t spend a minute worrying about it. I couldn’t give a f–k what people think about me. You don’t like me, you don’t wanna work for me. Go f–k yourself. I don’t care. I, at the end of the night, sleep fine.”
The New York Post story unloaded on the radio shock-jock host, who remains one of the highest-earning celebrities in America. The story discussed a former employee who created a GoFundMe page to raise extra cash to help pay for his wife’s cancer treatment and medical bills. The employee, Scott Salem, was told he could start the page by Stern’s chief operating officer but could not mention the show or Howard Stern. Stern apparently wasn’t happy about the request, so he banished Salem from being on “The Howard Stern Show” and had him moved to another floor.
Other employees and former interns also spoke out in the story about mistreatment from Stern, with one former intern even saying, “I was a slave.”
This is not the first time Stern has been called out on his treatment of his staff. In 2018, his former longtime sidekick Artie Lange tweeted, “Ask yourself why all of ur ex loyal servants hate u! Just sad.”
While former employees are calling him out, Stern is laughing and telling them to go “F” themselves all the way to the bank. Stern recently signed a five-year extension deal with Sirius XM that is rumored to pay him around $120 million per year. Stern’s net worth is reportedly somewhere in the neighborhood of half a billion dollars.