Howard Stern accepts Jerry Seinfeld’s apology: 'It wasn’t really that big a deal'

Seinfeld previously said that Stern had been "outflanked" comedically, then publicly apologized for his comments.

Howard Stern has no beef with Jerry Seinfeld.

On The Howard Stern Show on Monday, the radio personality addressed a potential feud with the Unfrosted star after Seinfeld made comments about him on the Fly on the Wall podcast last week.

“Jerry had said that basically I’m an interviewer and that I’m not a comedian and that now comedians have podcasts and comedians are, you know, funnier or something than me,” he said “I read it, and I went, ‘Oh, that’s weird,’ because Jerry is a personal friend of ours. Especially his wife Jessica is really good friends with Beth [Stern’s wife].”

<p>Cindy Ord/Getty; Steve Granitz/FilmMagic</p> Howard Stern and Jerry Seinfeld

Cindy Ord/Getty; Steve Granitz/FilmMagic

Howard Stern and Jerry Seinfeld

“I thought, well…I think he came off a really bad week, let’s put it that way,” Stern continued, perhaps referring to Unfrosted’s negative reception from critics. “Jerry called me immediately and was like, ‘Oh, f---, I f---ed up, and I want to apologize. He goes, ‘You know when you’re on the air, and s--- just comes out wrong? I was trying to say, you know, you’re this interview—’

"I said ‘Jerry, you don’t even have to — please. This is embarrassing. I’m the king of going on the air and having millions of regrets afterward. Apology accepted, I don’t care, and you know what? If I’m not a comedian, I’m an interviewer, I don’t know what I am. I always considered myself a bit of a comedian, but whatever it is, don’t worry about it.’ And he apologized for a really long time, and he said it really came out wrong.”

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Stern also said that Seinfeld asked if he could come on The Howard Stern Show to apologize publicly.

“He says, ‘Can I come on the show today and apologize?’” Stern recalled. “I said, ‘Not necessary, I don’t wanna get into it. It’s awkward, it’s fine.’ I said, ‘I’ve had to apologize to you for s--- I’ve said, I’ve had to call up people and apologize for s--- I’ve done on the air when I’m a huge fan of these people. I don’t know what gets into me, I f--- up sometimes. So it wasn’t really that big a deal. I didn’t really think much about it.”

Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic Howard Stern
Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic Howard Stern

The conflict (or lack thereof) between the two comedians began last week, when Seinfeld appeared on the Fly on the Wall with hosts Dana Carvey and David Spade.

“Howard Stern invented this, right?” Seinfeld said, referring to the comedy interview show format. “But we’re better than him now. Howard is interesting. Howard is a great interviewer, but comedy chops, I mean, can we speak candidly?”

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“They’re all great but let’s face it, he’s been outflanked by some very, and yourselves, I mean absolutely, this show, comedy podcasts? This is the best one on the air,” he said of Fly on the Wall. “Because you guys play nice together, it’s smooth, you’re not jumping on each other, which is annoying to listen to.”

<p>Dave Kotinsky/Getty</p> Jerry Seinfeld at a screening for 'Unfrosted' at the Whitby Hotel on April 25, 2024 in New York City.

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Jerry Seinfeld at a screening for 'Unfrosted' at the Whitby Hotel on April 25, 2024 in New York City.

Later on the show, Seinfeld also criticized comedians who take themselves too seriously on podcasts.

“Jesus Christ, make us laugh, how interesting do you think you are?” he said. “You’re not that interesting, okay? You’re not. When you’re funny, you’re worth it. This is my line, which you know me, you know me, no but you know that I draw that line. If you’re not that funny, we’re not that interested in you.”

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Seinfeld then clarified his comments in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

“I really feel bad for what I said about my friend Howard Stern in a conversation with David Spade and Dana Carvey, talking about the glut of comedy podcasts,” he told EW. “I meant to say he must feel surrounded, but I said ‘outflanked’ which sounded terrible and insulting.”

“And of course, none of these little shows are any threat to his giant show,” his statement continued. “Anyway, it was bad and I’m sorry, Howie. I still love you. Please forgive me.”

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