Howard Stern Addresses Black Face Video & Use Of The N-Word On Radio Show, Robin Quivers Responds
On his SiriusXM radio show on Monday, Howard Stern addressed the controversy over of a resurfaced video that used black face and racist language from 1993.
Stern said on his show, “The s— I did was f—ing crazy. I’ll be the first to admit. I won’t go back and watch those old shows; it’s like, who is that guy? But that was my shtick, that’s what I did and I own it. I don’t think I got embraced by Nazi groups and hate groups. They seemed to think I was against them too. Everybody had a bone to pick with me.”
Later in the episode Stern added, “If I had to do it all over again, would I lampoon Ted Danson, a white guy in blackface? Yeah, I was lampooning him and saying, I’m going to shine a light on this. But would I go about it the same way now? Probably not. Not probably, I wouldn’t. I cringe when I look at myself 30 or 40 years ago, and that was 27 years ago, I go, I can’t stand it. Am I a bad guy? I don’t think so.”
Robin Quivers, who was called the n–word by Stern in the 1993 video, addressed the controversy on Monday as well. “I have long been a proponent of free speech and a long time ago I made a vow to myself that one word was never going to keep me out of a room,” she said. “I don’t care about that word, don’t care about being called an Uncle Tom, because I know who I am and what I stand for. I have listened to Stern since he first got to New York in the 1980s, and he certainly has evolved from the moment he described, when it was, anything goes. And you can feel the influence of his psychotherapy sessions in the long interviews he does with artists. Some humor on the SiriusXM show still crosses the line, clearly, but he has long been a voice for inclusion and for women’s rights and the LGBTQ cause.”
The video was from a pay-per-view New Years Eve special that was hosted by Stern and Quivers. Stern, along with Ted Danson dressed in blackface and participated in a Friar’s Club Roast of Whoopi Goldberg, who was dating Danson at the time. Danson received a lot of backlash, but Goldberg seemed to not be offended by the issue. In 1993, the Associated Press quoted Goldberg’s response, “It takes a whole lot of (courage) to come out in blackface … I don’t care if you don’t like it. I do.″
In 2009, Danson told NPR that the video was “a graceless moment in [his] life.”